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Thread: Stack-and-whack vs. OBW

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    What is the difference between a "stack-and-whack" and a "one block wonder"?

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    Good Question! Waiting for the answer.

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    Basically, the cutting and construction method is exactly the same.

    In a S&W, however, the kaleidoscope hexagons or octagons (or whatever the final shape) is prominently visible. For instance, if you are using hexagons, the corner triangles (that make it a parallelogram for construction purposes) are from a contrasting fabric, so when finally assembled, it looks like a 6 pointed star with the S&W hex in the center.

    In a OBW, there is no contrasting fabric, and Maxine's take on the S&W was to have all the different hexagons blend into each other so you can't immediately identify the shape.

    Do a quick Google image search and you should get enough variation to see the differences.

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    Here is a good link to Bethany Reynolds Stack & Whack
    http://www.bethanyreynolds.com/what%27ssnw.html

    This is a stack & whack I made years ago, background sets the blocks off, while with OBW, looks like a blending of the fabrics and the blocks are lost.http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-106951-1.htm

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    One other point:

    The "rules" for choosing a good fabric are the same for both the S&W and the OBW.

    If you don't have enough contrast - in value, color, shapes and textures, the quilt will be a dud using either setting.

    Although you might be able to get away with a bit more in a S&W because the contrasting fabric will at least stand out to provide some visual interest. In a OBW, a bad choice will just look like mush.

    I recently dug up my first (and only) unfinished S&W from 10 years ago the other day. Hadn't seen it in almost as long. I think I might take the top apart and turn it into a OBW.

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    Good rule of thumb between the two methods is
    Stack N Whack you use 2 fabrics
    One Block Wonders you use 1 fabric

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    This has been asked and answered MANY times here on the board. If you search for OBW or Stack & Whack you'll find lots of postings of the same question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    One other point:

    The "rules" for choosing a good fabric are the same for both the S&W and the OBW.

    If you don't have enough contrast - in value, color, shapes and textures, the quilt will be a dud using either setting.

    Although you might be able to get away with a bit more in a S&W because the contrasting fabric will at least stand out to provide some visual interest. In a OBW, a bad choice will just look like mush.

    I agree about having enough contrast. I am working on one now, & ended up having to turn it into a S & W with contrast triangles, because putting the hexes together, was like mush. I like it anyway, and will look for better fabric to do another the right way.

    I recently dug up my first (and only) unfinished S&W from 10 years ago the other day. Hadn't seen it in almost as long. I think I might take the top apart and turn it into a OBW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    This has been asked and answered MANY times here on the board. If you search for OBW or Stack & Whack you'll find lots of postings of the same question.
    Great reminder to use the Search feature!

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