Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 29

Thread: OBW size question

  1. #1
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5

    OBW size question

    I found the perfect fabric for a obw, the repeat is 18" and I am planning on making a king size quilt. I'm trying to figure out the size rectangle I would get from 6 yards of fabric so that I know how much border fabric I need.

    Does anyone know based off of making these types of quilt how large the rectangle would be?

    Thanks,
    Yael

  2. #2
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,193
    unless you have a specific border fabric in mind, why not wait?
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  3. #3
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    I have found the perfect border fabric for it...

  4. #4
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,193
    i see ;-) that answered that question.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  5. #5
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,460
    Blog Entries
    2
    OK. If you use triangles which are 3.75" high, and you cut your repeats into 18" strips, you can get about 70 sets. You have 6 yards, so you will get 2 sets of strips, or 140 triangle sets. If you cut your strips sets into 36" widths, you will have a bit less waste, and get an additional 10 sets. This assumes that your yardage is cut exactly square. So figure 140 to 150 hexagons. The hexagons finish at about 6.5" high and 7.5" wide. here's a link to a site where you can print off hexagonal graph paper.
    http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/
    I would first get some tissue paper and make sure that my math is correct on the number of triangles 6 yards will yield, then use the graph paper to determine what layouts are possible (long & narrow? square-ish?) then calculate the size of the finished item.
    Last edited by PaperPrincess; 03-07-2013 at 02:02 PM.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  6. #6
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    6 yards of fabric will not make a king size quilt. It's not even enough for the backing for a queen size quilt.

  7. #7
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    6 yards of fabric will not make a king size quilt. It's not even enough for the backing for a queen size quilt.
    I'm trying to figure out how much of a border I would need to add to create a king size quilt using the 6.5 yards for the obw center part...

  8. #8
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    Thank you paperprincess!

  9. #9
    Super Member WTxRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,128
    I found this info on another post:

    here is a quote directly from the OBW book:

    "How much fabric should you buy? There are very few rules, but there are some guidelines. The size of the quilt depends not only on how much fabric you buy, but also on how many hexagon blocks...you eventually use in the quilt...(and) on how you arrange t he hexagons and on the shape of the finished quilt. To make a good lap-size, twin, or full-size quilt, 4.5 y ards for hexagon blocks or 5.75 yards for octagon blocks is enough. For a queen size or larger quilt, double those amounts to 9 yards for hexagon blocks or 11.5 yards for octagon blocks.

    Measure the repeat. If the (repeat) is 6" to 8", which is a short repeat, the fabric will produce a very small project. Larger prints usually feature a repeat about every 24". This is the type of fabric I typically choose. Four to five yards makes a very comfortable lap quilt, and depending on the borders used, it can grow to almost any size.

    For Hexagons: 6 repeats at 24" each is exactly 4 yards...Add an extra half yard or yard (4. 5 or 5 yards) to have a piece of the original fabric as a reference."

  10. #10
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,460
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    Thank you paperprincess!
    You're welcome, but please double check my assumptions!!! I love OBW's but I'm always amazed at how much fabric they use. Lots of pieces, lots of seams.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  11. #11
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    So to make it big enough I'm just going to get more of the obw fabric to make enough hexagon's I just need another 6 repeats so an extra 3 yards of that fabric.

    Yael

  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Rockwall, Texas
    Posts
    64
    Ok, I'm clueless what is an OBW quilt?

  13. #13
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,396
    Quote Originally Posted by nancy14418 View Post
    Ok, I'm clueless what is an OBW quilt?
    One Block Wonder. Maxine Rosenthal has written several books describing how to make them. Basically, you layer fabric just as with Stack & Whack, but you use only one fabric. Because of the layering, it forms lots of kaleidoscopic blocks, all smushed together. There's a folder of OBW's on this board's quilt gallery. They're lots of fun to make, but selecting the right fabric is key.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Sunny Arizona
    Posts
    463
    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    I found the perfect fabric for a obw, the repeat is 18" and I am planning on making a king size quilt. I'm trying to figure out the size rectangle I would get from 6 yards of fabric so that I know how much border fabric I need.

    Does anyone know based off of making these types of quilt how large the rectangle would be?
    When making an OBW you have certain requirements just because of the pattern.
    If it has an 18" repeat, you will need 3 yards just for one run. So you will have to buy the fabric in multiples of 3 yards. 6 yards will make 80 by 108 which is no where near king size not even considering the seam allowance.
    If I were to make a king size quilt, I would buy 9 yards for the obw center.
    Then a solid color from the fabric for an inner border.
    Then I like to make an outer border of the original fabric so you can see where it came from. For this you would have to calculate how wide the last border would be and buy that much additional fabric.
    Bind with the solid.
    This is how I have done them and I like the way it looks, but this is your quilt. Just enjoy the fun of laying out all the hexagon blocks to create your center. Ann )

  15. #15
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by krafty14 View Post
    When making an OBW you have certain requirements just because of the pattern.
    If it has an 18" repeat, you will need 3 yards just for one run. So you will have to buy the fabric in multiples of 3 yards. 6 yards will make 80 by 108 which is no where near king size not even considering the seam allowance.
    If I were to make a king size quilt, I would buy 9 yards for the obw center.
    Then a solid color from the fabric for an inner border.
    Then I like to make an outer border of the original fabric so you can see where it came from. For this you would have to calculate how wide the last border would be and buy that much additional fabric.
    Bind with the solid.
    This is how I have done them and I like the way it looks, but this is your quilt. Just enjoy the fun of laying out all the hexagon blocks to create your center. Ann )
    Have you ever considered using the original fabric as backing or as part of the backing?

  16. #16
    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    5
    http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics.../APTM-5086-62/

    So this is what the fabric looks like.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by yweinst; 03-07-2013 at 08:48 PM.

  17. #17
    Super Member WTxRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,128
    I have used the original fabric incorporated both into the borders and into a pieced back on a OBW. To me, this is really a quilt that will lead you where it needs to go. Try all of your options with your hexes or octagons. Your selection on the fabric is going to make a beautifully subtle (I think) OBW. Will be looking forward to seeing the hexes you come up with! Good Luck!!!

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Sunny Arizona
    Posts
    463
    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    Have you ever considered using the original fabric as backing or as part of the backing?
    Yes I have. But sometimes it is really interesting to see the original fabric and the result near each other. )

    Just saw the fabric. I would love to try an obw with that, it is beautiful.
    Ann

  19. #19
    Super Member Pollytink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    1,330
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    One Block Wonder. There's a folder of OBW's on this board's quilt gallery. They're lots of fun to make, but selecting the right fabric is key.
    How can I find the obw folder? Thanks!

  20. #20
    Super Member WTxRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,128
    Quote Originally Posted by Pollytink View Post
    How can I find the obw folder? Thanks!
    From the main forum page, go to Pictures, then the Sticky for Quilt Gallery
    here's the direct link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...07-albums.html

  21. #21
    Super Member Pollytink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    1,330
    Thank You!!! I'll keep your post for future ref.

  22. #22
    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    5,897
    I did an OBW and used 5 yds. With the boards it only was about a full size.
    Suzanne
    Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.

  23. #23
    Power Poster twinkie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    14,700
    If you have a specific fabric in mind and find that you do not have enough of it when you get the hexagons done, this is another option that I used between the hexagons.

    Name:  Stack & whack.jpg
Views: 140
Size:  45.7 KB

  24. #24
    Vat
    Vat is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Central Alabama
    Posts
    884
    its not how much fabric you have it is how many repeats you have. That is how you figure it

  25. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orbiting
    Posts
    1,442
    Brows through all the OBW's.
    This one is real nice with a solid to showcase the individual OBW's.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...53-333607.html

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.