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Thread: please explain OBW and stack and whack

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    Several people have asked on another thread what these are and noone has explained them. I have never made any. I probably could explain if I researched it but I know there are folks on here who could explain it a lot better. Thank you so much with your help.

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    I'll be watching this post :)

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    You stack up a number of repeats of the same fabric and using pins match the repeats exactly. Then you cut squares for a 4 patch posie or 60 triangles for a OBW or another triangle shape for the Stack and Whack.

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    what is OBW?

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    One block wonder

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    Below are some links to tutorials done here on the board by Cutebuns. One block wonder is sometimes called a hexagon quilt as well. That, stack n whack and 4 patch posy are similar in that they all use repeats of the fabric. Look at the pictures in the tutorials for a better explanation. :D Cutie's tutorials will walk you through the entire process, but I put some pictures below for a quick reference.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-34937-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    Here is a picture of one I am working on. You cut six strips of the same repeat, then cut them into triangle shapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Below are some links to tutorials done here on the board by Cutebuns. One block wonder is sometimes called a hexagon quilt as well. That, stack n whack and 4 patch posy are similar in that they all use repeats of the fabric. Look at the pictures in the tutorials for a better explanation. :D Cutie's tutorials will walk you through the entire process, but I put some pictures below for a quick reference.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-34937-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm
    Ooooh, that fabric is beautiful! I can't wait to see this one finished!!

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    Thanks. I saw several ladies ask these questions and I was not sure how to explain them as I have never done any.

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    I am addicted to Stack n Whack....... just love that technique

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    Connecting threads have a good video tutorial showing how to do this. You have to be very precise in the cutting, so watch the video and go for it. It's really fun, you never know what you are going to get

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    that is pretty fabric

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    The big difference I have noticed is that stack and whack are with 8 triangles and have a background and binding between. The OBW are six triangles and can all be connected to each other.

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    S&W's that I have seen, can have from 4 to 12 pieces (and sets of repeats in them,) and there are many different block choices, where OBW's only have 6 are are hexagons only (or cube shapes) :D:D:D

    These blocks/quilts are defined by the technique of stacking your fabrics in the manner shown above, and cutting out shapes so each piece is identical in shape, and also the placement of the fabrics details on each piece, to make a Kaleidoscope effect. :D:D:D

    I have a OBW planned that will use several colorways of the same fabric... it isn't a hard and fast rule to use only one fabric, it is up to the quilter :wink:

    One S&W quilt was made of blocks with 12 fanblades (12 repeats) it was gorgeous :D:D:D

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    Stack n Whack are made with 4, 6 or 8 or more identical stacked repeats and can be squares (4), hexagons or half square triangles (6), octagons (8) or more (like dresden plates) and are usually made into blocks with sashings or other fabric between the actual stack n whack blocks. Stack n Whacks can be made with one or more different fabrics in the same quilt.

    One Block Wonders (OBW) on the other hand are hexagons using identical stacked repeats of the one fabric all joined together without sashing or other fabric between the blocks.

    I hope that makes sense :?

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    Thanks Quilter7X for sharing your photos that makes it much clearer

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    I bought some of that same gorgeous fabric!

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    Look for videos by Bethany Reynolds, she also has published books.

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    Thanks for posting this--I was feeling kinda dumb, as I've made the stack and whack & the stack & slash, and took a long break from quilting (for health reasons) and when I looked at these OBW's, I thought before I buy another book, I need to figure this out! The only difference I could see on "everybody's beautiful OBW's (and they are BEAUTIFUL, by the way) was there was no sashing needed. I even talked this over with my kids, cuz I was trying to figure it out! I guess I'm a little slow at times, but thanks for the clarification. Thanks for the videos too!

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    How many yards is a good amount to buy for the fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Below are some links to tutorials done here on the board by Cutebuns. One block wonder is sometimes called a hexagon quilt as well. That, stack n whack and 4 patch posy are similar in that they all use repeats of the fabric. Look at the pictures in the tutorials for a better explanation. :D Cutie's tutorials will walk you through the entire process, but I put some pictures below for a quick reference.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-34937-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm
    Good explaination! What is the name of your fabric line? It's beautiful!

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    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

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    The OBW with the cubes added are fascinating. I am awaiting the arrival of the 60 triangle now so I can try it.

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    Very interesting. I really learned from these posts. Thanks to all of you.

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    Does any one have a hint as to how to keep the bulk down where the points meet (especially on the Stack and Whacks?

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    Is there a pic of the finished quilt?

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