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Thread: What machine quilting pattern to use for a OBW?

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    What kind of a design have you used to machine quilt a OBW?
    I've made three so far and have used a feather stitch on all. Any other ideas?

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    I'm not sure, but I'd love to see the quilting on yours with the feathers.

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    I haven't done a OBW yet. Are they challenging? How big are they usually?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    What kind of a design have you used to machine quilt a OBW?
    I've made three so far and have used a feather stitch on all. Any other ideas?
    Sorry what is a OBW??

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    OBW = one block wonder. I just learned that last week!

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    Hi,

    Giggling out loud here.......so very glad you explained the OBW as I have been sitting here going through every single quilting term in my brain trying to guess it! I think I would have still been sitting here, ahhhhh, next week! LOL

    Thanks!

    Bev

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I'm not sure, but I'd love to see the quilting on yours with the feathers.
    Actually my avatar is one of the three I've done, but you can't see the quilting from the front side. I used a variegated green,red and yellow thread, so it blends in totally with the prints. The feather stitch is very similar to the background leaves in the original print, so that's why I did that design. The back is solid black and that's the side I did the stitching from, otherwise I'd never be able to see where I was going. I'll have to work on getting a picture of that side. This quilt was made especially for my son and he lives 70 miles away from me now. I'll have to have him send me a pic. thru e mail, then I can get one on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    I haven't done a OBW yet. Are they challenging? How big are they usually?
    Of the 10 different quilts I've made, each being a different pattern or method, making a OBW is the easiest and shortest from cutting the fabric to having a top sewn together. If you make one with hexagons, (there's also octagons) each block is then made from 6 pieces of fabric, each a triangle. So there's 2 seams to get 3 triangles sewn together to make half hexagons. At this point you finalize your block arrangement, before sewing the half hexagons together into strips. Then when the strips get sewn together, the whole hexagons appear. I cut repeats, strips, triangles, sewed half hexagons together for a quilt for my other son, in 4 1/2 hours! That quilt top measured about 4' X 5'. It does go fast. I think the longest part is deciding on the final block arrangement. There's so many ways you can put them.
    They can be whatever size you want them to be. If you have a repeat in the print of your fabric that's less than 6", you'll probably want to buy more fabric than just 6 repeats worth, because you won't have much to work with. The width of the strips you cut will be half the finished hexagon width. I've seen quilts made in this method that covered a queen size bed. Others were lots smaller, down to 2' X 3' or so.

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    i love your OBW...i am just now thinking about making one. i have bought the book and have read through it several times and you made it sound easy and you made it in 4.5 hours! i think mine will take me 4.5 months!! :lol: :lol: Have you got a picture of the original fabric of the one in your avatar? I just love to see the before and after pictures.

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    fireworkslover,
    I love your OBW :thumbup: :!: I just bought 13.5 yards of fabric today for one. I have made a stack n wack but like the looks of OBW much better. Would you please post pictures of your other OBW's you have made and also the fabric before it was cut. That is fun to see.
    As far as what pattern to use, well I wouldn't want to see the quilting on it. So anything "blendy" is what I would do.

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    I've done 5 OBWs and in the body of the quilts I've done a meander in a very fine thread as I didnt want to detract from the kaleidosopes. But I have tried to do something different in contrast thread in the borders.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm

    The one I'm quilting at the moment,
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-34436-1.htm
    I am doing a three different thread colour motif in the black borders, hope to finish it today.

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    What is the title of the book? I'd like to look for it on Amazon.

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    There are two books so far

    One Block Wonders - Maxine Rosenthal

    One Block Wonders Encore - this is the one with the hollow cubes in.

    There is a new book out in April with new variations on the hollow cubes, One Block Wonders Cubed, which would be a good addition for doing the cubes too.
    http://www.amazon.ca/One-Block-Wonde.../dp/1571208348

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    Thanks Katrine

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    On amazon the prices range from 14.29 to 62.79. Can anyone tell me why anyone would pay 62$ for this book. This was the encore one.

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    katrine, your quilting and quilts are stunning!

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    would love to see the feathers on yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevsie
    Hi,

    Giggling out loud here.......so very glad you explained the OBW as I have been sitting here going through every single quilting term in my brain trying to guess it! I think I would have still been sitting here, ahhhhh, next week! LOL

    Thanks!

    Bev
    me too :roll: now I want to see a OBW! please? I need to learn to read ahead. Wonderful quilts! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    There are two books so far

    One Block Wonders - Maxine Rosenthal

    One Block Wonders Encore - this is the one with the hollow cubes in.

    There is a new book out in April with new variations on the hollow cubes, One Block Wonders Cubed, which would be a good addition for doing the cubes too.
    http://www.amazon.ca/One-Block-Wonde.../dp/1571208348
    Thanks Katrine. This will most certainly be added to my book collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    I've done 5 OBWs and in the body of the quilts I've done a meander in a very fine thread as I didnt want to detract from the kaleidosopes. But I have tried to do something different in contrast thread in the borders.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm

    The one I'm quilting at the moment,
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-34436-1.htm
    I am doing a three different thread colour motif in the black borders, hope to finish it today.
    The meander in fine thread- was the thread a matching color to the body of the quilt or contrasting?
    I've been told by way more experienced quilters than me, that when you have a very busy quilt top, then you need to do a meander or a design with much less detail to it, because you won't see it anyway with all that's going on with the pieced top.
    Are your borders a solid fabric or the original fabric print?
    Please post pictures. Thanks

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    fireworkslover - If you open these links I'll explain
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm
    The first two (Pirouettes) the meander was done in Bottom Line (top and bobbbin) Cream. The feathers in the border I did with Mettler Silk Finish top, and Bottom Line Cream in the bobbin.
    "Will-o'-the-Wisp" I did the meander with Bottom Line black top & bobbin, but Superior Metallic Gold top & Bottom Line bobbin.
    Chrysanthoscopes I used a variegated pink/lilac Superior King Tut in the whole quilt - but I was not so happy with the main body of it. Its fine in the borders but I considered unpicking the meander as I thought it looked too "heavy", but thought the needle marks would still show so I left it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm
    This one I have been quilting today - will post when the binding is finished. I have done the body of quilt with Superior Masterpiece (a dk red), and the black border is a sort of feather motif done in three colours of Masterpiece, red, orange and yellow - and I'm very happy with it.
    I played around with doing something more fancy in the main quilt, but with some blocks which have more background, and others "busy" with the flowers, I decided to go again for a meander.

    I know Bottom Line is marketed mainly as a bobbin thread but it really is so good for fine quilting, and there is a good range of colours too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    katrine, your quilting and quilts are stunning!
    Thanks Sandpat - still learning, don't look too closely at the stitches - but I want to do fmq without having to trace or draw the pattern on, so there's a bit of artistic interpretation!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    i love your OBW...i am just now thinking about making one. i have bought the book and have read through it several times and you made it sound easy and you made it in 4.5 hours! i think mine will take me 4.5 months!! :lol: :lol: Have you got a picture of the original fabric of the one in your avatar? I just love to see the before and after pictures.
    No pic. yet but the original fabric is macaws,parrots, toucans and other tropical birds all sitting in green leafy foliage. Thus the title is "Parrots, Toucans, Macaws, Oh My!" There's 16 colors in the print. And the OBW effect really works, even with all those colors. Look closely at my avatar and you can find parrot heads, bodies, tails, etc. So Fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    fireworkslover - If you open these links I'll explain
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm
    The first two (Pirouettes) the meander was done in Bottom Line (top and bobbbin) Cream. The feathers in the border I did with Mettler Silk Finish top, and Bottom Line Cream in the bobbin.
    "Will-o'-the-Wisp" I did the meander with Bottom Line black top & bobbin, but Superior Metallic Gold top & Bottom Line bobbin.
    Chrysanthoscopes I used a variegated pink/lilac Superior King Tut in the whole quilt - but I was not so happy with the main body of it. Its fine in the borders but I considered unpicking the meander as I thought it looked too "heavy", but thought the needle marks would still show so I left it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27510-1.htm
    This one I have been quilting today - will post when the binding is finished. I have done the body of quilt with Superior Masterpiece (a dk red), and the black border is a sort of feather motif done in three colours of Masterpiece, red, orange and yellow - and I'm very happy with it.
    I played around with doing something more fancy in the main quilt, but with some blocks which have more background, and others "busy" with the flowers, I decided to go again for a meander.

    I know Bottom Line is marketed mainly as a bobbin thread but it really is so good for fine quilting, and there is a good range of colours too.
    Thank you so much for the info. You know those designs in the border of "Chrysanthoscopes" look an awful lot like fireworks bursts... I've done very similar stitching on a black border of the first fireworks quilt challenge quilt I made.

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    ssshhh I meant them to look like chrysanths!!

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