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Thread: OBW Fabric Question

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    Senior Member crochetetc's Avatar
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    This fabric has a 20"-24" repeat do you think it would look good as a OBW? I didn't have a ruler to measure exactly but was guessing.

    I bought some other fabric...all they had and I messed up in the cutting because I was tired and shouldn't have tried following directions.

    Thankfully I am testing on Joann's fabric that was only $6 a yard.

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    I think you will have to cut carefully to be sure you don't end up with pieces that are all white, but I think this has some interesting possibilities.
    I have a piece that has lots of blue background but it also has a variety of other colors. It is making some really pretty hexagons.

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    No, I don't think it will work as a OBW. The background should have some kind of movement. It is cute fabric, but for another purpose.

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    No movement in the background

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    No this won't work at all for the reasons dunster gives. Do you have one of the OBW books? You need to read the fabric selection guidelines...

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    Yes, there's a lot of white but the movement will come in the block. I think it'd be very interesting.

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    no-this fabric has too much open/negative space in it to be a candidate for obw's-
    successful one block wonder fabrics are (full) of print- very little background (negative space) showing

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    I like big prints like this to be used as a panel to show off all the prints on it. It is a shame to cut up the signs and details. Use solids to show it off and try to find another print, smaller one, to use with solid sashing around it.
    Or make the blocks at least 10 inches square or 12 to show off the print.

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    The fabric would work great as a quilt back, or outer border.

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    I think that there is a lot of plain white background. You can cut a 60 degree triangle window in a piece of paper and move it around the fabric. If it looks like there will be lots of mostly white hexagons, then I'd skip it.
    You could cut it and discard the ones that were mostly white (or use them in another project), but then you would need to purchase at least one additional 'stack' so you would have lots of hexagons to work with.
    With a 24" repeat, you would need 4 yards minimum for each stack.

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    A good way to test is either buy the mirror used for this purpose, or put two mirrors together at an angle to see the kaleidoscope.

    http://www.amazon.com/Marti-Michell-.../dp/B0002BRT4C

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    I haven't purchased it yet but was so intrigued with this material, it jumped into my cart and rode around the store with me.

    I wanted something that would appeal to my grandfather but also work for a OBW, wanted to do two things at once. So didn't want anything to wild and crazy he is 80!

    My OBW book is on back order, so waiting for it. I can pick up the OBW Encore but was wanting the original.

    I will keep looking thanks ladies!

    What is the smallest repeat I can use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crochetetc
    I haven't purchased it yet but was so intrigued with this material, it jumped into my cart and rode around the store with me.

    I wanted something that would appeal to my grandfather but also work for a OBW, wanted to do two things at once. So didn't want anything to wild and crazy he is 80!

    My OBW book is on back order, so waiting for it. I can pick up the OBW Encore but was wanting the original.

    I will keep looking thanks ladies!

    What is the smallest repeat I can use?
    I'd say 12". You can double up with a smaller repeat but you won't get as much variation in the blocks. :-D

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    get a hinged mirror and check it. that is abut the only way to know.

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