1 Introduction -

2 Fabric Selection -

3 Cutting the Fabric Repeats –

4 Aligning the Repeats -

5 Cutting the Fabric Strips –

6 Cutting the Strips into Triangles –

7 Designing the Blocks –

8 Sewing the Blocks –

9 Sorting The Blocks By Predominate Color -

10 Designing with the Blocks –

11 Pinning The Blocks Together –

12 Sewing the Pinned Blocks and Joining the Rows Together –

13 Trim the Ragged Edges & Add the Borders -

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  1. Great videos! and a beautiful quilt.
    You might consider embedding the videos on this page so it’s easier to see them all.

  2. Thank you so much for your video. I have read the book several times but still had a lot of questions. As soon as I buy my flat pins I will be ready to get started.

  3. Thanks for your video as I am a visual learner. Had signed up for a class but it was canceled. I have had the book for 6 months and the material for 3 months. Yesterday I cut the six strips, matched up the layers and so today I will cut my triangles. Your video gave me confidence that I can do it.

  4. Thank you so very, very much. Your video was so helpful and solved all my “point” issues. You can’t imagine the quest I’ve been on about “points”.

  5. I saw my first One Block Wonder quilt yesterday and fell in love! It is definitely on my quilter’s bucket list!! These videos were VERY helpful – I will save the destination for future (multiple time, I’m sure!) reference. Thank you!

  6. I have loved One Block Wonder quilts for years now but it always seemed way over my head. Thank you so much for these videos. I understood each step! Already have my material now I’ve got to find those pins! Appreciate your humor too. Fun videos!

  7. You did an amazing job with this tutorial. You have given me the confidence to begin the process. I have been afraid to make the first cut. I have always loved the OBW quilts and thank you for the time you have put into this. Beautiful quilt.

  8. OMG thank you soooo much. I have had the books and material for a very long time and being such a visual learner this is totally wonderful. I won’t get to this until maybe after Christmas but sure hope these videos are here forever….

  9. A link to your tutorial for the OBW was posted on the Quilt Board, an online group. I’ll bet you get a lot of replies from that posting. OBW is such a great pattern but many of us are visual learners and the book, although a must have, takes some reading to figure out how to do this pattern. Your tutorials were very informative and easy to follow. I, like others, will be saving this link. I have made a Stack’n’Wack quilt using the hexagons but the six triangles get all sewn together so this is a bit different. Plus it was quite a while ago that I made that quilt. Your videos were wonderful refreshers for how to layout and cut the fabric. Thanks for taking the time and effort to do all those videos. PS: You are a hoot and I felt like I was sitting with a friend who was teaching me how to do this. They are nice, informal videos ….. so easy to watch.

  10. Just found these tutes. Very helpful. I like how you broke them up into small time segments. That way I can re-watch only the bits I need. Thanks for taking the time and effort in making them. Your hubby plain missed out on all the fun!

  11. I am on the hunt for a beautiful print like the one you chose. Cannot wait to begin. Your lessons are so complete and entertaining to boot! Would love to see the finished quilt and backing. Thank you so much.

  12. Thank you for this video. I have been wanting to make a OBW for so long. Am going to start mine today. Wonderful instructions.

  13. Jackie as someone who has taken your class and wants to do another one this is perfect! I would never have remembered all the steps. I’m actually giving the one I made from your class for a Christmas gift. I love how this one turned out too. See you soon.

  14. can the 8 piece blocks be stacked in rows like the 6 piece blocks you’ve demonstrated. I’ve just discovered this quilt, and can’t stop thinking about it. I have a fabric with great color but an awful print so would like the pieces to be smaller and the fabric pattern less distinct. I made a few blocks and they are great, but can’t figure how to join them..
    I have your website on my favorite bar until I master this technique–it’ll probably be there for quite awhile.

    • Kathy, I have never made the octagon OBW. It is put together a little differently the the hexagon OBW. You must add squares between the blocks. The process is covered in the first book ” One Block Wonders” by Maxine Rosenthal. I just found the hexagons so much fun I never ventured into the Octagon blocks.

      One thing you can do if you don’t mind small blocks is is by cutting the strip narrower and then cutting the 60% triangles. I once made a very small OBW by cutting the strips 1 1/2″. Some pupils only want to make a wall hanging so they buy a smaller print and cut narrower strips. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help. Thanks for writing

  15. Thank you very much! The quilt is beautiful and the videos are wonderfully clear (and friendly) about the process. I think everyone can now take if from here.

  16. It was surely a lot of effort to make these video tutorials, but you made so many quilters happy!! I understood it all! Thanks for your effort and giving heart. Much appreciated!

  17. Hi! Just watched you OBW u-tube video. I wanted to see how you finished you zig-zag top and bottom. I have one in the ready to be sewn stage and needed feed-back on this. Thanks! I thought I was going to have to put half- triangles to finish these edges.

  18. I’ve only just watched the first two videos so far, but Im coming back!! I’ve been terrified to do this block, but have wanted to so bad. I have an unnatural fear of the bias. Lol. I’m just thrilled that you’ve taken the time to do this, AND made it available to everyone! I bought a fabric that I thought would be ok for this, but now Im thinking theres not enough movement in it, so I’m going to see if I can find something else to use. BLESSINGS!!!

  19. As to my above post, the fabric I have is Moda Hunky Dory Chez Moi. It was on sale for $2 a yard so I bought the rest. 7+ yards.

      • This is the one I have. Think it will work?


      • I’m sorry, I don’t see the fabric if it is attached. The thing to remember is, we cut the aligned fabric into 3 3/4″ strips. If the design elements are smaller than 3 and 3/4″ then you will not be taking the fabric apart. If it is bigger than that it will be ok. If you love the fabric you can always cut the strips smaller, but that is a different lesson.

  20. I can’t thank you enough for your great videos and instruction. I read the book but it just didn’t make sense until I had your very clear explanation. I completed my first one block wonder and have just started the second one. I can see they are very addictive! Again, many thanks.

  21. One other question: if I wanted to make one for a baby quilt, how much fabric should I buy? Also, would you want a smaller repeat or wouldn’t it matter?
    PS: where are you located?

    • The rule of thumb is measure your repeat, if it is 12″ then multiply 6 x 12 = 72 divided by 36″ = 2 yards. When I made Inside the Twister about the Wizard of Oz, it had a 12″ repeat. It had a large design, so when I identified my repeat I skipped the first one and cut on the second repeat so now I had a 24″ repeat. But, I could have made a smaller quilt and cut my repeats on 12″.

      The thing to remember is how large are the designs in the fabric. If they are smaller than 4″ you can cut your strips narrower. I made a 12″ OBW block but cutting my strips 1 1/2″. I have some students who want to make a wall hanging, so they chose a smaller print, cut their 6 repeats and then cut their strips 2 1/2″ instead of 3 3/4″. They will be smaller blocks. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  22. Jacqueline, your One Block Wonder quilts are beautiful, very kaleidescope-y. They remind me of paintings by Gustav Klimt (especially “The Kiss”). Now I need to find myself some huge-design large-repeating print cotton fabric, and see if I can do it myself. Your tutorials are very good: clear, easy to understand, and you are FUNNY! (which keeps a student interested, the key to effective teaching). Good luck with your classes and your Studio180 design quilts, I love Deb Tucker’s rulers and plan to invest in those as well. Thank you! ~Diana

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments. Things to keep in mind when choosing your fabric; it is not only about the repeat. When I made “Inside the The Twister” the repeat was only 12″. I skipped the first repeat and cut on the second repeat, now I hD a 24″ repeat. I could do this because the design was large enough to aacomodate. What I mean is, we cut our strips into 3 3/4″ strips, if your design is smaller than that you will not be taking your design apart. The key is large designs and colors you like, and you will have fun!

  23. I have another question for you! I am making my second OBW- I started with 6 yards of fabric with the idea of making a good sized lap quilt. Now I think I would like to make it larger for a queen bed. In Maxine’s book she says not to buy fabric from two different bolts. Have you ever done this? If I wanted to try it, would I need to buy another 6 yards?

    • I have broken every rule in her books. If the fabric doesn’t look very different as far as color goes I would do it. As you know, after we make the blocks we sort by predominate color. The idea is to take apart the design and put it back together in a whole different way. So if there isn’t a lot plain background I would try it. But you must follow your heart .

    • I have no idea! At one of the quilt shops where I teach, the owner is making a king size by making two separate OBW tops and using wide sashing between the two parts and adding borders to achieve the king size she wants. To design one all together you would need a real big design wall. One student knew what colors she wanted to end up on the end, so she design as much as she could fit on the design wall, then pinned the rows together, took it down and designed the rest of it. This is an opportunity for you g to get real creative.

  24. Hi, I live in South Australia just saw a one block wonder and loved it so logged on and found your tutorial. was great. but have a question. I have a piece of material but the repeat is only 9inches. Can I use it or not? Someone gave it to me and I really like it and would like to use it, maybe make smaller blocks?

    • Yes, you can use it. I made one called Inside the Twister that was Wizard of Oz fabric. It had a ” repeat. It was a large design so when I was cutting the repeats when I cam up to the first repeat, I skipped and cut on the second repeat, then I had a 24″ repeat. That would mean I had some block that would be the same. But we have three choices with each block anyway. You must determine how large your design is. If it is smaller than the 3 3/4″ than you should probably cut a a smaller strip. I hope this info was helpful. Let me if you have any questions.

  25. I just completed my first OBW and it was so fun! I watched your tutorials, which were great, so the process went pretty well. Thanks for a fun time!!!

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