The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.
I just couldn’t help my myself. I love trees, and these are my colors!
When I saw this panel I just had to make a One Block Wonder (OBW). The Tree of Wisdom fabric line was designed by Kerry Darlington for Northcott Fabrics. Tree of Wisdom can be found at your local quilt shop and at Keepsake Quilting.
When I approach making a OBW using panels, the first thing I want to know is how wide the panel is. This panel is 24″ including the borders. I did not want to include the borders, I prefer the panel to merge with the hexies as seamless as possible.
The strip width you choose to determines the finished hexagon size:
3.75” strip width = 6.0” Finished Hexie
3.50” strip width = 5.5” Finished Hexie
3.25” strip width = 5.0” Finished Hexie
3.00” strip width = 4.5” Finished Hexie
2.75” strip width = 4.0” Finished Hexie
2.50” strip width = 3.5” Finished Hexie
2.25” strip width = 3.0” Finished Hexie
2.0” strip width = 2.5” Finished Hexie
When I measured the panel without the borders it was 20″. Therefore I cut my aligned strips 3.25″ wide for 5″ finished hexagons.
I start designing around the panel until I get a design I like. Because I know my finished hexies will be 5″ wide, I know there will be 4 hexies across the top and the bottom of the panel. That is why the second photo is offset, so I know which row of hexies will be on the right side of the panel.
I stitch my hexies into four goups: the left, right, top & bottom. I never trim my panel until I’m ready to attach the hexie sections.
I started with the top of the panel. I did not want to trim off my points, so I turned the edges under 1/4″ and pressed well, top stitching the hexies to the panel.
I match up the dog ears at the top and stitch the right side leaving a partial seam. This allows me to match up the dog ears of the right section with the bottom section of hexies. I decided not to trim these hexies either, so I Pressed under the edges to prepare for top stitching.
I have now completed the partial seam on the right of the panel and can now match up the dog ears on the left side of the panel at both the top and the bottom.
As you can see, I need to camouflage where the bottom hexies hit the bottom of the panel.
Can you tell where the bottom hexies hit the panel? To find out how I do this, download here:
I’m so happy, Judy Jackson called this morning to say she received the OBW quilt I made her. She is absolutely thrilled and loves the quilt. Included in our thank you to Judy were hats made by my sister and chocolates!
I am so grateful to you for caring and doing a wonderful job. Thank you for finding my quilts!
As most of you know, in January I was teaching and visiting family in Lake Havasu, Arizona. I had shipped 15 of my OBW’s there for a trunk show. When I shipped them back to NY, UPS lost them. The quilts were lost track of and didn’t make to the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) in Illinois. I notified the UPS Store in Lake Havasu, they launched an investigation. My sister Mary started calling UPS. She was transferred from person to person and finally Judy Jackson (in a sort of Lost Found) answered the phone. Thank God! Judy began tracing my quilts and called us often with updates. Within days the quilts were located in UPS Corporate Offices in Georgia. The box had split apart and the label had come off. I sent photo’s of the quilts to Judy, plus my quilts are labeled with my name and State. I also had a list of the quilts in the box and my mailing address. My quilts were overnighted to me. Joy, Joy Joy! I have made 72 One Block Wonders, but I only have 19 myself. Most were given as gifts. My OBW’s were irreplaceable.
I’ve had this fabric by Timeless Treasures in my OBW stash for about 10 years. It is politically incorrect as there are no female delivery people. But I just could not resist making Judy a OBW using this fabric.
It made really cool Blocks.
As I played with the design I shared photo’s on Facebook. I was told it looked like a murmuration. I had to look it up – it is an organized formation when a flock of birds fly and change direction!
It is a very cool quilt to look at and identify where the blocks came from in the original fabric.
This is the label on Judy’s quilt. Always find a way to label your quilts!
Join me (Jackie O’Brien, aka Quilt Ninja) for a creative journey learning to making a kaleidoscope/hexagon block using one fabric or pre-cut panels. I have made 71 One Block Wonders. Two of my quilts are featured in Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders of the World”.
In this class I will guide you to: Identify & cut 6 fabric repeats – Align the repeats – Cut equilateral triangles – Sew the hexagon blocks – Sort the blocks by predominate color – Design with the hexagons
The blocks are made from one fabric with very little waste! You cut and sew equilateral triangles forming hexagons and then design with these kaleidoscopic blocks. There are NO “Y” seams.
Because this quilt features one repeated block, design involves playing with the colors and shapes in any way you choose. The quilt you produce will have more energy and movement than the original fabric.
I have declared it “Hug A Quilt Day”! I lovingly carried all my quilts back down to Tuckerville. I hugged each one as they were either hung or folded on a shelf. I’m so happy my quilts are home! Thank you all for your prayers, kind words and support!
Holy Moly, thank you Judy Jackson! My OBW quilts were delivered safe and sound 9:00 AM this morning after being lost for 13 days. Funny thing, they were in TWO boxes as I wanted. The UPS store in Lake Havasu put all 15 quilts in one box even though I didn’t want it that way.
Needless to say, there is a One Block Wonder in Judy Jackson’s future!