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Thread: Talk of fabric choices for the one block wonder

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    So I have no Internet today. I am on my phone so please bare with me. Obviously I can't post pictures. But. For those that have fabric. Please post. And if you need help finding what the repeat is. And if posting please put some kind of measureing devise in so we can tell how big the print is.

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    I hope to be back and doing the next step next mon for those that are doing it. I will be calling it tiptoeing through the hexagons.

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    These are my choices to do my next OBW, I am leaning towards using the grapes with leaves.
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    love the grape with leaves!

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    I'm waiting for my book to arrive, so I'm really clueless about this....but can you give me an idea of what is meant by "repeats" and how to figure that?

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    It is how often the print is repeated, the caries from print to print, it will also help decide how big to cut your pieces, if all else fails, look at the writing on the side, for sure when they repeat that, it is for sure for sure a repeat, if you post some fabric, I can show you where it repeats itself if you need help,

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    Do you have a bi-fold mirror so you can audition your fabric? It really makes it easy to know whether or not you are going to like the results before you ever cut into it.

    I have several pieces that are good for OBW quilts and I will post pics in the morning.

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    Those grapes and leaves are going to make a stunning quilt. :D:D:D
    I am going for a different color scheme. I have (2) 2yard pieces with 6 inch repeat and a 8 inch, from the same collection. I am going to try to make mine out of both for a lap quilt. :wink:
    I am thinking about saving some blocks from the original fabrics to scatter in the border or use as corner stones.
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    I don't, but I have a fair eye or imagination to what it will look like without it,

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    Love the fabric, I can't wait to see!

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    I love the one you have with the birds in clover. Will 30's fabric work? Most of that isn't in repeats, just an all over print I think. Or should there be a definite repeat pattern? Also, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to do this with us. I've been wanting to do this for a while, now I will have the umpf to go ahead. I really appreciate it! I did do a stack and whack. Isn't this close to that.

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    A distinct print works best, I will look through my stash for other examples and why I think that they will work or not work. the all over purple will have to be cut kind of small to get it to show like different blocks. Cut to big and they will look the same,

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    OK, I think I have one that is perfect. Probably more than one. I will dig them out tomorrow. How much will I need for a queen/king?

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    Probably 6 full repeats of it (printing on the side of the fabric) , and a bit more for boarders is you would like the fabric used in the boarders. That is what I used for this one or there abouts,
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    I just bought some fab to make another OBW this wknd.. I will try and post some pics tommorow :) I have one cut out in something very similar to your second print, I found I don't really like the blocks because there isn't much variation to focus on for the visual appeal. Your bird fab will look great in one though :)

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    Hi Cute - if it's OK I'd like to come a tiptoeing with you! ;)

    I like all three of your fabric choices but would lean toward the grapes with leaves too. The bubbles would be a subtle effect I think, but good too! The birds would give some interesting headless bird effects! But the brown would split nicely apart from the flower colours; I guess I'm saying make them all!

    Here's a pic of a fabric I have just cut and I've pieced half the blocks. It's coming up a bit subtle, not much contrast but that's OK - maybe it will need some hollow cubes to lift it, we'll see! :-D The repeat is 12" BTW.
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    I want to go out looking at fabric. But I'm wondering how much will I need, I'm thinking a wall hanging???

    I know, all the answers are probably in the book but mine hasn't come yet, darn it!!! :)

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    If you are doing a wall hanging. You don't need much. Look for the repeat going sideways as well as down. To do the hexagons you need 6 repeats. So it wholey depends on how it is repeated.

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    K I can't wait to see yours and of course you are welcome to join in on the tiptoeing. The more the merries. And it will be nice to have you!

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    Can I tag along on this even if I'm not ready to cut new fabric? I just have to get back to my fall quilt for Dad before I start a new project but I just have to show you my newest fabric for an OBW! Keep in mind, I have 2 cut and ready to sew, and 2 other fabrics in the house for these already. :roll: I think I may have to find a support group soon because there just doesn't seem to be an end to this addiction.

    Anyway, this is the largest print I have ever bought for these. What do you think CB, should I cut bigger triangles with this one?
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    And this shows how much the colors will be different...
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    K3n, I love the blue in yours. Looks like your print is almost as big as mine. I have a feeling this one is going to be very different from the ones I have done before. It will probably take me 3 weeks to study it before it gets a layout! lol

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    You can cut it bigger, though I still wouldn't cut to big and get carried away, you will get a better variety.

    For those that are wondering, since all the pieces are cut the same size, all the blocks will be the same size, and it is almost double the size you cut your pieces, I am not recommending cutting them under 2" unless youare doing a wall hanging, but you don't want to go too big either as you will loose the effect of having them all look different. when we go along, you will see what I am talking about, but also remember when you are looking at the pieces to take off the seam allowance as well, that won't show,

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    Wow Jenell, I am loving that!!! I agree with CB - I'd stick to the 3 3/4" strips. :-D I can still hear your voice in my head 'ya gotta get yourself some mirrors, girl'!!! :-D

    Regarding the cutting of strips - in general with a large print, 3 3/4" is a good size I think because most pattern repeats are an increment of 4" (ie 8", 12", 16" etc) and this gives you a 1/4" fudge factor to play with.

    If your repeat is 12", for example, you'll get 3 width of fabric stacks of strips. I find I get about 18 or 19 stacks of triangles, therefore hexagon blocks per strip. So with a 12" repeat like the one I just cut, I got a total of 57 blocks. Like CB said, these are about 6" each way so if I place them 7 by 8 blocks, for a total of 56 blocks, I get a top around 42" x 48" without borders. So when working out the size of finished quilt you'd like, you might want to get 12 repeats and cut two of each if it's less than a 12" repeat.

    Hope that is clearer than mud! :-D

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    It will get clearer as we go along, it is easier to "see" if you are looking at the fabric in front of you. I will be sure to take lots of pictures as well and hope to see lots and lots of pictures, and anywhere along the line if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask, I can't guarentee an answer but sure can try.

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