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Thread: OBW.....I'm scared

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    Junior Member keesha_ont's Avatar
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    I have made 4 OBW's. Use lots of starch and flat pins. I agree with cutting the fabric in half as pinning is very tedious and can be awkward. I also use a lot of pins so the fabric doesn't move. It is a quick quilt to make and you'll love doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyL
    If you have an opportunity to take a class, either OBW or S&W.
    Please: can someone explain the difference between the OBW, S&W, and the Hexagon?
    Many thanks!
    Sally

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    I bast my SNW layers together. I pick a part of the pattern and put the needle through it on each piece of fabric. Move over about ~" and pick another spot. Move over..... ad naseum. Not only are they lined up but each stack stays together very well until I'm ready to make that block. It takes forever but I'm happy with the results.

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    I bought Kay Nickols' book, "Wonderful 1 Fabric Quilts." The explanations seem straight-forward. Perhaps a different book/explanation would be helpful.

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    Just jump in. Pinning the fabric is the hardest part, but really doable. Just tell yourself...."its ONLY fabric" so if you mess up...just go buy more. No big deal :)

    DON'T prewash....very important!

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    I bought some border print at the Goodwill store to try the OBW pattern. It turned out so good that I make 6 placemats and gave to my DIL - she loved them. Just didn't tell her where the fabric came from.

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    Go for it. Little mistakes disappear when the blocks are hexagons are sewn together. A design board is essential for laying out the hexagons. I used Cutebun's tutorial here on the board and also purchased Maxine Rosenthal's books. Between them both I finished my first OBW top. Now trying to decide if I want to quilt it myself or send it to Charismah.

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    I find the layering of the fabric scary too, but I watched a video by Marti Michell in which she demonstrates how to line up and cut the fabric. I plan on using her method when I get my round TUIT to make my OBW quilt. Just copy and paste:

    http://www.quilterstv.com/channel/video/0?video=1352

    DO NOT pre-wash your fabric or it will be harder if not impossible to line up.

    Hope this takes away some of your fear. Happy stitches,
    Liz

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    I've made 4 OBW's and didn't starch any of them before cutting. Lining up the print is important, but once your flower pins are in to hold it together the rest is fairly straight forward. It's fun to turn your triangles the three different ways to select which way they'll be to form your hexagon. Chain piece them together, press seams open. Deciding on final placement will be the hardest, at least it is for me. Then it's just sew the half hex's together to make your strips and then sew the strips together to make the top. This method is by far the fastest way to make a quilt, I've found anyway.

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    I took a class for the obw and it was really pretty easy. The hardest part was finding the exact match. Our instructor had us tear (carefully) the fabric at every repeat, and use more pins than the book suggested. Pinning was the hardest part. I was surprised at how easy it was. Remember to starch a lot and have fun.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions and words of encouragement. I'm going to purchase my fabric next Saturday and then I'm just gonna dive in and make it. I will post pictures.

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    reading the instructions is daunting. the actual doing is not as hard as it seems from the written instructions. try a test block, or two, you will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinliz
    I find the layering of the fabric scary too, but I watched a video by Marti Michell in which she demonstrates how to line up and cut the fabric. I plan on using her method when I get my round TUIT to make my OBW quilt. Just copy and paste:

    http://www.quilterstv.com/channel/video/0?video=1352

    DO NOT pre-wash your fabric or it will be harder if not impossible to line up.

    Hope this takes away some of your fear. Happy stitches,
    Liz
    Loved that video!! Wish I had seen it before my OBW. Mine is a tale of woe.

    I took a work shop, and while the instructor had made one, she did not suggest starching the fabric, and she really did not emphasize pinning as much as was needed. (Once I got a close look at her quilt I realized that while it looked great from 5", the patterns in the triangles was not a good match up close). My patterns sort of matched, and since I was using a paisley and not flowers, the misses showed up more than the gals using florals. I plastered my design wall for weeks afterward and finally came up with a 5 hexagons that were pretty close, plus some halves that also matched, and made a table runner (with a few contrasting triangles that made a star). I have not figured out what to do with all those left over triangles, but I may tackle them soon -- however, I used all the fabric I used as contrast (of course) and it is a very unusual periwinkle blue.

    From what I learned (the hard way, of course), I would say that starching (loved the tip about hanging the fabric to dry it), cutting the large pieces so the pieces are exact and pinning the patterns so they match before cutting is critical. Take the time. If you do this right, the piecing was really the easy part. If I did not have a design wall, I don't think I would have made anything out of the triangles -- it really helped to see what worked, what didn't and how I could get the look I wanted. I think I would have pitched everything otherwise.

    Once I clear a few more projects, I will be making another -- now that I understand the technique much better.

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    I was just going to recommend that you cut the fabric in half instead of trying to line up the whole 44 inches. Lining up the 22 inches is a lot easier. You may lose a extra cut but it is not worth the hassle of trying to line up 44 inches.

    I can't stress enough that once you start sewing the wedges together make sure to iron the seams open. It makes it a lot easier to quilt when you are done.

    It is scary at first but once you do the first one you will realize how simple it is. Just pick a point to be your first cut and then look for that point for the next cut.

    Quilterfay

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    I know how you feel. I was panicky about the pins but my good friend who had already done one showed me how and it was real easy from then on.
    So far I have 2 place mats together and will do the table runner next.
    After I make a new quilted bag for my DD as she hinted she would like a new one,LOL

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    When I did a one block wonder and read the instructions it sounded hard. To me the instructions are always confusing. OBW is really and easy quilt. When you stick your pins thru the fabric to line the fabric up just make sure you stick the pins thru straight. Pick it up by the ins and jiggle the fabric to line it up. It is easier if someone helps you but not necessary. Use the flat head pins someone suggested. Really easy fun quilt. 2 of us at the LQS made ours out of the same fabric and they look totally different. Hers even looks like a different color than mine

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    The pinning helps you line up the fabric accurately before you cut. My biggest suggestions is to buy two cheap pieces of mirror 5X7 and using duck tape, tape them together along one long edge. Then you can audition your fabric. The "v" shape of the mirror moved along the fabric will give you an idea of what your blocks will look like. The larger the print with some but not much "blank" spots will give you the most variety of blocks. I always buy more of the focus fabric for the outside border, so you can show everyone, the basis for your quilt. Have fun with it, no quilt police around.

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    Try it!! I am addicted to hexagons -have made at least 6 of them. It's so much fun to see how different the hexagons are from the original fabric!! Don't stress if your fabric doesn't match perfectly - the overall effect will be stunning. I started one to make with hollow cubes after taking a class from Marci Baker - they are so much fun and really easy!! The directions are also in the 2nd OBW book. Try it - then when you walk into your LQS a fabric will scream at you - I'd be perfect for hexagons!! Marlene

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    Relax you will enjoy it. They aren't as hard as they appear. I have made one and really want to make more.
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    I am a major klutz. I tried out OBW with a yard or so. It was fun and easy. Don't worry, follow the directions and you will be okay. Have fun.

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    It is really not hard...just follow the book one step at a time. Even I can do it.

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    It is really not hard...just follow the book one step at a time. Even I can do it.

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    I have made a bunch of those. They are so much fun!!

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    Instead of pins I make tailor tacks thru all layers with a contrasting color thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis
    I'm too scared to try it. I always admire then from afar,but I know I'm not there yet. They are so cool.
    Same here. I have the fabric, the book, the pattern....but not the nerve.

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