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Thread: One block wonders- repeat

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    I want to make a OBW and have the fabric pick out and the repeat pattern does not go straight across the fabric. It is about 14and 1/2 inches and will this work for hexagons even if the repeat does not go straight across? I hope this is clear. in other words to explain, next to the cut edge I found a spot and the repeat is 6 and 1/2 inches lower on material and 14 and 1/2 over from the first one. Can anyone help to tell me if this will work? Thanks

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    Cute Buns here on the board may be able to help you - she has done a tute on the OBW here on the board and is awesome on them :wink:

    But I am wondering if you are finding the true repeat - do you have a pic ?

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    I'm thinking you haven't gone far enough for the repeat...when I took a class on one block wonders our instructor showed us some fabric where the repeat was 24 inches I believe...and she showed us how some fabric had what appeared to be a repeat that was offset a few inches and we were to ignore those.

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    here are my pictures of fabric I want to use if possible for OBW Hexagons. I have 4yds and 2 inches
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    Your ruler is not on the repeat. If you look at the selvedge, you should be able to get a better idea because those color dots they usually print are going to be aligned with the repeat.

    I think you are only halfway across the repeat. Looking at your last picture I can see it almost at the top.

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    OMGosh...really?!! I always wondered why those were there! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Your ruler is not on the repeat. If you look at the selvedge, you should be able to get a better idea because those color dots they usually print are going to be aligned with the repeat.

    I think you are only halfway across the repeat. Looking at your last picture I can see it almost at the bottom.

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    sorry, that should say at the TOP of the bottom picture, LOL

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    The repeat that I see is the Ace of Spades, I've outlined in red. You need six of pieces cut across the width of fabric, at the same spot, to make the OBW.

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    I see your repeat, it's nearly the entire length of your last photo.
    On the left side, look at the 3 cards together, Ace of spaces, king of clubs and Jack of hearts...then go all the way up to the top and you'll see the repeat. Hope that helps.

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    Linda how nifty is that making red outlines on the photo!

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    Not sure I can do this, but I'll try
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    Yes Linda, How did you do that. Those red squares. thank all of you so much. I could see this better on my pictures than just looking at the fabric. the repeat is 29 inches. Will this work for Hexigons? most that cutebuns was talking about was 24 inches. Suzanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    Yes Linda, How did you do that. Those red squares. thank all of you so much. I could see this better on my pictures than just looking at the fabric. the repeat is 29 inches. Will this work for Hexigons? most that cutebuns was talking about was 24 inches. Suzanne
    The repeat is only important for stacking the fabrics. After that, you can cut them any way you want as long as you keep them stacked. Have fun!!

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    Definitely it will work! The repeat is just so you know where to cut so you can stack the six identical strips - once you get that done, you cut them into smaller strips - depending how big you want your hexagons.

    So you'll have six swaths of fabric, you'll line them up so they're exactly alike, and you'll THEN cut that into 4" or 5" or whatever, strips. With a 29" repeat, you'll have lots of rooms for lots of strips!

    To determine how much fabric you need with that 29" repeat - 29" x 36 inches (1 yd) = 174 inches or 4.83 yards that you need to get the six repeats. Oh my - or is that 203" to get the full 29" and to the beginning of the 7th, I think so. That's 5.6 yards and a smidge.

    When I find a fabric I think I'd like to use for OWB, I actually do the measuring using the repeat - find where the repeat is and get at least six. Does that make sense?

    PS: I get the red squares from a program I use called "FastStone" - it does screen captures and then you can use drawing tools with it.

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    It does not appear that you have two sets of repeats going across the width, this is not all that unusual... you will need more yardage with a print like this, to get 6 repeats :wink: :D:D:D

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    I only have 4 yds so I cannot get 6 repeatsout of this as I figure. The repeat is 29 inches. i figure i will need 5 to 5 and 1/2 yds. Is this correct. I am so confused about this cause I have never done this. I need to read that cutebuns tut again.

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    I think I need couple more yards of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    I think I need couple more yards of this.
    Sounds like it. That's a pretty big repeat.

    I once had to go get more fabric and it was a problem. You need to figure out exactly where you are going to start and stop your repeat and then exactly how many more repeats you need, NOT yardage, because you have to find the start of your repeat on the bolt and measure out how much you need to get the rest of your repeats. Does that make sense?

    You don't want to know how much extra I ended up having to buy because of this. lol

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    uglycook, thanks, I did not think of where the repeat started on the bolt when I buy more. OMGosssssh Yes all this makes sense now. Thanks all of you

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    uglycook, thanks, I did not think of where the repeat started on the bolt when I buy more. OMGosssssh Yes all this makes sense now. Thanks all of you
    Me neither! I was like, ok, I have 4 yards and I need 6 so I will buy 2 more. Ack! Then I had to buy 3 MORE! LOL Thank goodness it was on sale.

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    yep you have a long way to go to the next repeat.

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