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

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    Senior Member Opal Jane's Avatar
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    I just purchased Maxine Rosenthal's One Block Wonder book and started reading it this morning. Now I consider myself an advanced quilter, but I am feeling a little intimidated by the instructions (specifically lining up the stack of fabric with pins). For those of you who have made an OBW do you have any lessons learned that you would like to share? I'm heading to Lancaster 4th of July weekend and planned to purchase my fabric.....but I don't know if I am ready for this.....

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    The pins are just so that you keep the pattern on the fabric lined up correctly when you do your cuts. It really isn't that hard and they are so much fun!

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    If you are really intimidated with this, purchase some of the least expensive fabric for your first try. If it doesn't work, oh well. The worst thing that can happen is you make a "D" cup. :-)

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    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.

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    I'm a planner, so I have 4 different fabrics to try OBW's on and just bought up all the Floral Master fabric for sale here the last couple of days to try the one that everybody was doing awhile back.

    However, I haven't started anything yet and am still very hesitant. I found better instructions in the OBW Encore book. The first book for me was confusing and not written very well.

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    Don't be scared you have the board to help you. I have not done one, but I would use Cutbuns help on the tutorials. She called them hexagons, I think that is the same as OBW.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm

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    If you have an opportunity to take a class, either OBW or S&W, it will go a long way toward allwying your fears. I consider myself at best, an intermediate quilter. I only started quilting in Jan '09. I took a class to make the quilt in my avatar and did most of the work on my own at home once someone had shown me how to line up, pin and cut and it was so much fun. I could hardly wait until the next class to show everyone how much I had accomplished. Each and every block was a surprise. I plan to make a OBW this fall. I am waiting for the Peggy Toole fabric "Florentine 3" in the pewter colorway before I begin. It should arrive at my LQS in September. As an experienced quilter, I'm sure you will do much better than I and will have gained a new skill.

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    I have the book but haven't bought the material to try this yet. Maybe I'll find the perfect fabric at the Dayton shop hop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Don't be scared you have the board to help you. I have not done one, but I would use Cutbuns help on the tutorials. She called them hexagons, I think that is the same as OBW.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    Cutie's tutes make this sooooooo easy. You're not going to believe just how easy this really is to do.

    Take a deep breath and dig in! :thumbup:

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    Just do it!! :) I do NOT consider myself an advanced quilter and I have done one! The blocks turned out great! You will love it!
    :)

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    I was in the same boat you are .. consider myself pretty accompolished ... but its really its pretty forgiving. I spent more time than I needed to lining up the fabrics... cause I was soo paranoid.
    Just go for it!!!

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    Go for it! It isn't as hard as it seems.

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    Reading through the book, and then read through cutebuns class, it will make more sense :wink: and you can always come back to us with questions and we will gladly help you.

    Once you get the repeats figured out and how to line then up, the rest is a piece of cake :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    If you are really intimidated with this, purchase some of the least expensive fabric for your first try. If it doesn't work, oh well. The worst thing that can happen is you make a "D" cup. :-)
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: And send them to me!!

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    If you haven't worked a lot with bias edges before, starch your fabric really, really well. It will be stiff, but the triangle edges will be very stable :wink:

    Spray it heavily and then let it hang to dry, if you press it while it is still damp, you may slightly distort the fabric and make lining up the repeats more difficult :D
    Once it is dry, you can press and shouldn't have any distortion :D

    Flat, flower head pins are almost a necessity, traditional pins won't work nearly as well, as you will be placing your ruler on top of the pins and the ruler will rock.

    Cutting the whole length of fabric in half first, makes cutting/handling the repeats much easier too. You only have to deal with 20-22" instead of 40-44" :D:D:D

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    I did one and have to agree it was a little intimidating to try to get the fabric lined up. I think I spent a lot of time on that part, but finally just started cutting and it all came out fine. There is a lot of forgiveness in that busy fabric too. Jump it you will enjoy seeing the blocks come together....that was my favorite part.

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    I took a class on Stack and Whack and you have to do the same pinning thru layers. She suggested using a half inch to three quarter inch piece of styrofoam sheet. Worked like a charm no
    slipping or sliding and just stick the pin in the same place all the way thru the layer into the styrofoam and when you are done,
    use big straight pins to secure the fabric layers together as you
    leave the pins in the foam until all is very secure. Sorry I am not a very good explainer. Good luck it is a lot of fun.
    Karen /wichypoo

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    I was a bit nervous too. I'm not a good rotary cutter and stacks of fabrics always seem to shift on me. I have a bar tack option on my machine (actually, it's the sew-button-on option). I pinned the fabric as she states in the book, then put bartacks all over. This way I could remove the pins and not worry about the fabric shifting or running into pins with my cutter. Also, put a fresh blade in before you start. As another poster stated, it's pretty forgiving.

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    DON'T PRE-WASH! Then just follow the instructions in the book. When you have sewn together three triangles to make your half hex, line it up next to a ruler or the edge of your mat. If it is straight, no cupping. If it isn't straight, re-sew. No problem.

    Don't pick a fabric where the elements are too small. A medium print with movement in the background is best. Also go for the 24" repeat. You will have more variety in your quilt.

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    Some recommend cutting your fabric in half, but I don't like to do that, because the designs are not the same on each side. Pick a long table or the floor. If your mat isn't long enough, just slide it up under the fabric for the second half.

    Just re-read the matching and cutting instructions until you are comfortable with them, then keep the book open as you do each step.


    You can always PM k3n or myself or anyone else who has done the OBW, and we will be happy to help you. You CAN do this.

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    I did one and it wasn't a big deal at all. I just followed Cutebuns instructions on this site..think someone has already posted the links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    If you are really intimidated with this, purchase some of the least expensive fabric for your first try. If it doesn't work, oh well. The worst thing that can happen is you make a "D" cup. :-)
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: And send them to me!!
    Umm, how many should I send?? :lol: :lol: ;)

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    I think the selection of the right material is the hardest part. I have not been happy with any of mine and ended up making them into grandma's flower garden as they look better with the borders around each shape.

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    I've made 3 of them and helped to cut two more. My opinion is to put the pins across the top and one side to make the fabric line up better... an extra set of hands comes in as helpful! Unless you're using a fabric with geometric lines.... no one will be able to tell if you are "just a little off". There is so much going on with the overall design!! I've never washed my fabric first, so there's no need for me to starch, etc. Flower pins do work best..... also, after you get the fabric matched up in the six/eight repeats.... use a bunch of pins to hold it until it's cut. I also put each hex/oct on a paper plate so I could shuffle them around without handling the material so much. Have fun!! I think of these as tye dye for quilters!!! Never know just how it will work until you start messing with your pieces.

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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.
    they are incredibly forgiving!! I can't seem to sew a straight line, but my quilts in OBW hide that very well!!

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