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One Block Wonders at Sew Nice

I finished up the design portion of a One Block Wonder class I taught at Sew Nice in Norwich, NY.  It was a great class with 11 wonderful creative women.  We had loads of fun!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I just want to dive into these blocks, looks like water to me.

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Barb had fun with her Cowboy Hat fabric.

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I Love how Bernie’s came out.

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06 Bernice 3

This does look like a big garden. Can you see the path?

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Alice  had a beautiful Asian fabric.

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Next to Alice is are gorgeous blocks from a sunflower fabric.

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Judy didn’t have all her blocks ready to design, but she had enough done to play.

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I absolutely loved Krissy’s fabric. I love grey and this came out so beautiful.

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Rebecca was not pleased with her fabric selection. I thought it was beautiful.

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Tara was making this OBW for her brother. I’m sure he will love it. Her blocks were so much fun!

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Do you see the twister?

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One Block Wonder Fabric Selections

What fabric makes a good Hexagon Quilt? Some say a 24″ repeat is key, but I do not necessarily agree. I made a hexagon quilt from a fabric that had a 24″ repeat, but the print was not that large. Although it was still a pretty quilt, I thought the colors were a little muddy (Natures Chorus). So I say get as big a print as you can find with colors that you like. Keep in mind that once the repeats are layered you will be cutting them into 3 3/4″ strips. If your print is flowers that are only 3″ across, you will not be taking them apart very much and your blocks will end up looking a lot like the original fabric. Whereas if the print is 6″ you will have a better chance of your blocks looking nothing like the original fabric.

I ignore the print itself and go for something large with colors I like, then I know I will have fun. When I made “Inside the Twister” from the Wizard of Oz fabric in sepia tones, it was only a 12″ repeat. I could have cut 6 repeats of a fabric 12″ each, but because the print was big enough, I chose a design element that was easily identifiable and when it came up again at 12″ – I skipped it and went to the next one. Now I had a 24″ repeat. When you do this you may have blocks that repeat themselves, but remember you have 3 design choices with each block.

To make a good lap-size, twin, or full size quilt, 4 1/4 yards for your blocks. 6 repeats of fabric at 24” each, is exactly 4 yards (24 x 6 = 144; 144/36 = 4). I ALWAYS BUY at least 6 Yards so I have the option of a 9 OR 10 inch outer border with the original fabric.) It is fun to see a slice of the original fabric along with the quilt. DO NOT PRE-WASH THE FABRIC!!!!

Below are some of my hexagon quilts waiting to be born. I still have another 20 or so 6 yard pieces I didn’t show you.

OBW Fabric
Just Lion Around by Alexander Henry

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New York City at Night

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Red Sunflowers

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Route 66

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Ocean Fish

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UPS Men

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Construction Hunks (I love cutting up people)

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New York, New York

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Under the Rainbow, I used this fabric for “Inside the Twister” it had a 12″ repeat

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Over the Rainbow

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Paris Pin Ups

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Frida’s Garden

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Georgia O’Keefe

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Large Leaves by Alexander Henry

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Parrots in the Jungle

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Kaffe Fasset same fabric 3 color ways

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English country Side by Sue Beevers