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    Thanks for clarifying so effectively. It helped me so much.

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    fabulous fabric!

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    love the fabric too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Ooooh, that fabric is beautiful! I can't wait to see this one finished!!
    Thank you, me too. :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by duckydo
    Is there a pic of the finished quilt?
    There will be when it's finished. Guess I need to get it out and start working on it again. :oops:

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W
    Thanks Quilter7X for sharing your photos that makes it much clearer
    I actually didn't get the concept of it at all until after reading Cutie's tutorial on it. After her explanation and pictures, I was not only able to do it, but I showed my quilt group how to do it this way as well. Cutie's method leaves so little unused fabric, which is great compared to a traditional stack n whack where you fussy cut designs out.

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    The fabric came from Joanne's last year and it's Legacy Polynesian Medallion. I have all the collection and have been looking at patterns as to what to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sustraley
    How many yards is a good amount to buy for the fabric?
    The answer to that is different for each fabric. You have to look at the repeat on the fabric. On the one I showed, there was an 8" repeat, so I needed to make sure I could cut six 8" strips, so I needed a minimimun of 48" of fabric. If your repeat is bigger, you need more fabric. Likewise, if your repeat is smaller, you need less fabric. The size of your finished quilt is determined by how many blocks you make and how much fabric you use.

    Clear as mud? :lol: If it's not clear, please go see Cutie's tutorials as she does an excellent job of explaining it.

    Yes, my fabric came from JoAnn's. It is a perfect fabric for this style quilt! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longarm
    I hate to be a dissenter but, a OBW is any quilt design that uses the same block repeatedly. The block may be a tumbler, apple core, triangle or any other shape as long as it is the only shape used without any sashing. I don't know when the term OBW came into use. (Maybe someone who couldn't spell hexagon or thought it was a cute term?)

    In years past they were called "charm quilts" and the shape was repeated but no fabric was used a second time. A great way to use scraps and a reason to exchange fabrics.

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    Those are still called charm quilts. There are one block quilts but they're not One Block Wonders.

    One Block Wonder is the name of a specific pattern. The operative word being Wonder.

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    Thank you for the enlightening discussion on my newest passion - the OBW. I learned so much just reading this thread, not to mention the beautiful pictures that make the process so easy to see. I just wish I would have know what a "repeat" was (yes I had never heard that term before) before buying my material. I bought some beautiful material not knowing that it was a 24" repeat and I didn't buy enough. I'm making 4-patch posies, something I didn't know existed either until I read about it here. But I sure wish I had bought just one more yard... Oh well its all about learning and having fun and I am doing both!!

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    When I was a fairly new quilter I did a few stack and wacks. So much fun it was.

    Thanks for posting this review for me. BTW, I need some of your fabric. Who's is it?

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    Thanks, I did not know what OBW meant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longarm
    I hate to be a dissenter but, a OBW is any quilt design that uses the same block repeatedly. The block may be a tumbler, apple core, triangle or any other shape as long as it is the only shape used without any sashing. I don't know when the term OBW came into use. (Maybe someone who couldn't spell hexagon or thought it was a cute term?)

    In years past they were called "charm quilts" and the shape was repeated but no fabric was used a second time. A great way to use scraps and a reason to exchange fabrics.

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    Absolutely right! Maxine Rosenthal appropriated the name to apply to her one of a kind quilts that use one fabric and one block design for the main body of the quilt. But it isn't trademarked by her as it has been in use for a loooong time as stated. :-D I've often googled 'one block wonder quilts' and though you mostly get what we all know as OBWs, you sometimes get what are also called one block or charm quilts. BUt what's in a name, right? The most important thing is that we all know what we mean! :mrgreen:

    I would differentiate by saying that 'stack n whack' applies to the technique of layering and cutting the fabric. This phrase is trademarked by Bethany Reynolds by the way but is so descriptive that it's hard to find a better way of describing the process.

    The One Block Wonder uses the same layering, cutting and piecing technique but is defined by it's layout - ie without sashing as an earlier poster stated. Ms Rosenthal's books explain how to make both hexagon and octagon versions - the hexes are more popular as they don't require the setting triangles that the octagons do to join them together. :-D

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    Stack & Wack is so much fun!!! Here is one of mine!

    Batik Stack &Wack
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longarm
    I hate to be a dissenter but, a OBW is any quilt design that uses the same block repeatedly. The block may be a tumbler, apple core, triangle or any other shape as long as it is the only shape used without any sashing. I don't know when the term OBW came into use. (Maybe someone who couldn't spell hexagon or thought it was a cute term?)

    In years past they were called "charm quilts" and the shape was repeated but no fabric was used a second time. A great way to use scraps and a reason to exchange fabrics.

    Longtime quilter
    Thanks for the clarification, I really appreciate knowing that!

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    I have only done the Stack-n-Whack method. I hope I can attach three completed quilts with very different results! These are from Bethany Reynolds' "Stack-n-Whack*apedia" book.

    This one makes a complete circle with the triangles
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    This one uses 4 triangles to make the flowers in the basket
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    This one uses four triangels to make a kaliedascope effect.
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    Abbreviations for Stack n Whacks, One Block Wonders, and about 10 other abbreviations that I have no idea what they are -- for new people, would you guys like type it out a few times so we'll know what you're referring to or someone POST A LIST of THESE ABBREVIATIONS YOU ALL SEEM TO USE. Some of us are reading along and then at an unexpected moment, we lose the meaning because we don't know what SW, OBW, some husband term of endearment abbreviation, and I don't know what else pops up in the sentence and we might as well quit reading the post.

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    That last quilt is very interesting to look at. Was it complicated? That I would be interested in doing. Where would I find the layout/pattern for that? Thanks. All of them look good, great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Libby
    Abbreviations for Stack n Whacks, One Block Wonders, and about 10 other abbreviations that I have no idea what they are -- for new people, would you guys like type it out a few times so we'll know what you're referring to or someone POST A LIST of THESE ABBREVIATIONS YOU ALL SEEM TO USE. Some of us are reading along and then at an unexpected moment, we lose the meaning because we don't know what SW, OBW, some husband term of endearment abbreviation, and I don't know what else pops up in the sentence and we might as well quit reading the post.
    List of abbreviations or acronyms have been posted dozens of times. The search feature is an invaluable tool.

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    I love OBW's... they are great fun as you're nevr sure what you have until you're done!!

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    I couldn't find the video on CT.

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    I loved yours, here is one of mine
    OOPS it's sideways but you get the idea LOL
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    Thanks so much. That gives me an idea. I will watch the tutorials also. Again, thank you. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bren49
    what is OBW?
    It means One Block Wonder. There are books written on both these methods.
    Maxine Rosenthal wrote for "One Block Wonder" and Bethany Reynolds wrote the "Stack and Whack" series. They are similar in some respects and you get varied results with both methods, depending on the original material that you select and how accurate you are in your sewing.There are lots of tutorials and pictures on the net.

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    7x can you please tell me whe company who has this fabric. I simply must have it!!!!! Thanks

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    OBW = One Block Wonder - made entirely of 1 fabric with large designs and many colors giving a kaleidoscope effect but really pretty - technique is much like Stack and Whack
    Stack and Whack = a type of kaleidoscope quilt made by using a repeating pattern fabric and fussy cutting a minimum of 6 identical triangles and then positioning them with the same centers. You have to pin the fabric together exactly matching each pattern and it requires a minimum of 6 layers of the same repeating pattern.

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    What is the name of this fabric and manufacturer? It truly is absolutely gorgeous!!

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