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Old 08-17-2010, 02:50 PM
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I am going to do my first OBW and I need some guidance. I see all the beautiful ones you guys do here. I am going to take a class.

Would I be better off with something like a Michael Miller large traditional floral or like a Kaffe Fasset large wild paisley?

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what is OBW??
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:22 PM
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OBW= One Block Wonder. I have made several SNW and OBW quilts and I am always amazed at what I get. Large florals do work up nice. You want to look for fabric with a repeat of AT LEAST 6.5 inches. I look for fabrics that are about 75% print 25% background. The florals always work but your block centers will still look like floral. More geometric designs really pop. If you are doing the OBW, I always buy enough of the focus fabric to use for backing. When I show people the original fabric they are blown away.
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One Block Wonder.
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Thank you. I think I will try the floral for the first one as it has the 75/25 rule.
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I have 3 pieces of fabric I want to either make the OBW or stack and whack. I just don't know when though.
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if in doubt, use the mirrors (2 small mirrors side by side, taped on back so you can hold them standing on the fabric to give you a 3-D view of the design. You can move it around to check different spots. You don't have to try all of the areas, but if you see a few you like, then the fabric will be good. You can do this right at the LQS, and esp before you cut fabric.
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I was going to order a mirror like that and than realized I could make one much cheaper.
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please explain the one block wonder. Is there a pattern for it? sounds very interesting, thanks, peterparley
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Originally Posted by peterparley
please explain the one block wonder. Is there a pattern for it? sounds very interesting, thanks, peterparley
Cutebuns did a great tutorial on it. No pattern needed. Here's the discussion of fabric choices:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35100-1.htm

Getting started:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35100-1.htm

There are several threads related to this tutorial. They all start with "Tip Toe through the hexagons Cutie style....."
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