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One Block Wonders of the World

Early in 2006 I was looking through the Hancock’s of Paducah catalog I had received that day.  I poured over every page not wanting to miss a thing.  I got to section where the new books were being offered…and there it was “One Block Wonders, One Fabric, One Shape, One-Of-A-Kind Quilts”!  I was intrigued and ordered it right away.  I couldn’t  wait for it to arrive.  When I got it I immediately went shopping for fabric.  I attacked the online fabric sources and ordered several fabrics.  I read the instructions over & over.  I must admit I struggled with section on “Aligning the Fabrics”.  But I didn’t give up until I figured it out.  When I designed the first block I literally jumped for joy!  I will admit, I was so excited I sewed three hexagon’s together and then sewed the other three hexagon’s together, and the proceeded to sew the halves together.  I learn everything the hard way!  A little “un-sewing” and I was on my way.  When I got all my hexies on my design wall I almost hyperventilated.  I was so excited I took pictures and emailed them to every quilter I knew (this was before Facebook).

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This was my first One Block Wonder (OBW), “Schwarzy”s Garden made April 2006.  I cut my first strip set the wrong size.  But I didn’t let that deter me.  I cut the next five strips sets correctly and used the first strip to make small hexies for the border.   I entered 2 OBW’s in my local quilt show and have been teaching how to make them for 11 years now!

I have had a love affair with this process ever since.  Sixty-two One Block Wonders later and I have the privilege and great honor to have two of my OBW’s included in Maxine Rosenthal’s & Linda Bardes newly released book  “One Block Wonders of the World”!

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I am so proud to be included in this collection of outstanding OBW’S!  This book is awsome!  In case you dont know, there is a group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum”.  We are fast approaching 10,000 members.  Linda Bardes is one of the group’s organizer’s with a great deal of help from Kathy Gannon.  The people in this group are off the chain creative.  I am always amazed with what they come up with.

If you have not picked up your copy of One Block Wonders of the World, dont delay!  It is available on Amazon at CT Publishing and your local quilt shops.

If you don’t have Mazine’s other books, you need them!

 

The first book introduces you to the process. The second still covers the process but introduces you to cubes.  The third, gives you the best recipes for cubes.  All 3 book give fabulous design ideas.

I have 3 OBW’s cut out and another 19 waiting to be born!

 

One Block Wonders at Strong House Inn

I had the most wonderful weekend!  I was privileged to teach a One Block Wonder (OBW) workshop at The Strong House Inn in Vergennes, Vermont.  The women that attended this workshop were nothing less than amazing!  I referred to them as The League of Extraordinary Women!  They arrived late afternoon on Friday and by noon Sunday each and every one of them had their OBW quilt blocks cut, sewn and tops designed!  Wow, were they committed!  We had so much fun!  The Strong House Inn was a great venue.  It is a beautiful historic Inn in Vergennes, VT.  You can see by the pictures how pleasant it was.  The staff is very attentive, it is a wonderful place for a quilt retreat.

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Thank you Mary Bargiel & Strong House Inn for a great OBW Workshop/Retreat!

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This is Tina and her beautiful OBW, everyone was coveting it!  Tina owns Vermont Quilter’s Schoolhouse Quilt Shop in Troy, VT.

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April’s OBW was another hit!

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Pat’s was just lovely!

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Linda’s was so much fun!

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Jane’s OBW was awesome. Her fabric has birds on it. We tried to fashion a tree from the dark blue blocks, but it has been interpreted as a large bird!

 

Anita’s fabric had colorful butterfly’s, it was like lightning in a bottle.

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Carol made a stunningly beautiful OBW.

 

Great Group of Ladies

From left to right: Carol, Jane, Pat, Mary Bargiel (Innkeeper) Jackie (Teacher), Linda, April, Tina, and Anita.  Thank you ladies for a memorable weekend.

Enchantment Under the Sea OBW

Enchantment Under the Sea, come learn to make a One Block Wonder (OBW) with me!  I found this fabric last summer.  I started to make my 61st OBW and once again was overcome by events.  I just finished it the first week in January 2017. What a great way to start the year.

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I  got ahead of myself and aligned the repeats and cut them into strips when I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of the original fabric.  But you get the idea.  The fabric is by Robert Kaufman and is called Animal Spirit.  I love the colors in it.

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The blocks were fun to design.

The blocks are fabulous, but they were very challenging to sort by predominate color.  I must have had 20 piles.  I just started putting them up on my design wall and went at it!

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Enchantment Under the Sea

It is pretty to look at though.  It measures about 72″ by 82″.

I will be teaching a One Block Wonder workshop April 21st – April 23rd 2017 at Strong House Inn , 94 West Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491, Local: (802) 877-3337, Email: StrongHouseInn@Gmail.com

Whether you like novelty, Asian or floral fabrics, choose a design that is at least 4.5″ or larger, with colors that you like and join me to learn how to make a One Block Wonder.  You will learn the process of deconstructing and redistributing your fabric by color.  I will teach you the One Block Wonder Process.

If you are interested please contact Strong House Inn soon by clicking on the link above.

 

 

OBW #60 and so much more…..

It’s December 15, 2016.  I haven’t blogged in 3 months as there was an illness in my family that took precedence.  My family has received quilts from me for Christmas for many years.  I hadn’t done that in a while, but this year I wanted to show my love for them.   I made my son Josh a One Block Wonder (OBW).  Josh is my very own Grizzly Adams.  This is my 60th One Block Wonder and is named “Camping with Friends”.  Camping with Friends was made with Alexander Henry Fabric with a 12″repeat .

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Camping with Friends

Josh called me last night.  He loves the quilt.  It has grizzly bears on the back.

I finally completed a King size “Yellow Brick Road” or my oldest son Jason.  He was thrilled. He waited a long time for this quilt.

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Jason’s King Size Quilt.

As you can see, Tuck is always near by.  I made my youngest Granddaughter Samantha, a Minnie Mouse Quilt.  That prompted my sister Mary to get her a Minnie Mouse.  So, I made Minnie  a smaller scale quilt like Sam’s.  The label says “This quilt made for Minnie Mouse, By Sam’s Grandmother Jackie O’Brien”.  Of course everything fit into a tote with Minnie Mouse embroidered on it.

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Sam & Minnie’s Quilt

I had the great pleasure to spend a few days with several Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors at Bridle Creek Bed & Breakfast in Hamilton, NY.  We were hosted by Barb Hipsley, proprietor extraordinaire.  What a wonderful time we had.  the photo below shows us all in our Minion pants.

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The “Minionettes” from right to left: Barb Hipsley, Connie Farland, Debbie Thomas, Diane Marvin, Donna Hanley, ending with myself.

This time was totally devoted to quilting.  I was able to make some small quilts for my sister Mary.  She loves to put them on tables.

This quilt measure 39″ by 49″.  It is from Deb Tucker’s book Hidden Treasures.  I made 5″ blocks using the Hunter Star Petite tool.  This size hunter star makes a great baby quilt.

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Curveball

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Looks great on this old trunk.

I named this “Mary’s Stars. It is my original design. I’m very pleased with it.  I used Studio 180 Design V Block & Corner Pop  tools.  The 6″ finished star blocks are the same block, I just reversed the colors.  It measures 39′ by 45”.

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Looks great on this coffee table.

This one is called “Game Board” from a book of antique doll quilts.  It is only 22″ square.  Of course I Tuckerized it and used my Wing Clipper 1 to make all those Flying Geese.

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Game Board

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Tucker

Happy Holidays to you all from Tucker and me.

My OBW Stash

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…fabric stash that is!  There is a great group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” that has over 5000 worldwide members.  The group feeds the souls of us that are somewhat obsessed with One Block Wonders (OBW).  This process was created by Maxine Rosenthal.  She has produced 3 books: One Blocks Wonders, One Block Wonders Encore! & One Block Wonders Cubed.  All 3 are essential! (Rumor has it there is a 4th in the works!)

I was on Facebook a little while ago and we were talking about our OBW Stashes, how much was too much, etc.  Ann B. stated she would love a peak at mine. I proudly stated  I had at least 40 six yard pieces of fabric set aside for OBW’s.  Well, it’s a good thing we talked.,because my stash is dwindling…I only have 35 six yard pieces set aside!  Lord have mercy, I need to go shopping!

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Lotus Leaf in 3 colorways by Kaffe Fassett

 

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From left to right: Flowers of the Sun by Windsor, English Countryside by Sue Beavers & Martha Negley by Rowan & Westminster

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Memoirs from China by Robert Kaufman, Atlantis by Moda & Golden Jungle by Alexander Henry

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I love Cutting up People: Delivery by Timeless Treasures, Heavy Equipment by Alexander Henry & Au Natural also by Alexander Henry

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City Scapes by Benartex, Paris by Timeless Treasures & Fantasia also by Timeless Treasures

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California Fiesta by Alexander Henry, Holiday Flourish by Robert Kaufman & Historic Highway by Alexander Henry

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North by Timeless Treasures, Tigers by Exclusively Quilters & Nature Scapes by Hoffman

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Zebras by Exclusively Quilters, Bear Mountain by Exclusively Quilters & Lion Eyes by Alexander Henry

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Bewitched by  & Misty Jungle both by Alexander Henry

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Saturday Evening Post by Quilting Treasures.  I’m not sure what I’m doing with this one yet, but I have ideas.

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5 six yard pieces of The Wizard of Oz in sepia tones, I have a slight obsession with The Wizard of Oz!

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I only have 2 six yard pieces of this Wizard of Oz fabric left!!! Did I mention I have a slight obsession with the Wizard of Oz?  But I still have several tubs of The Wizard of Oz fabric.

Well, there you have it.  I’m willing to bet there is someone out there that can beat my stash!

#59 – Fiesta OBW Table Quilt

So, this is the Dining Room!  Did I happen to mention “I love quilts”?  Well I do, and I love them in the dining room.  I make quilts for my dining room table.  I have one Christmas and one for Summer but I needed one more.  Last year I bought some Alexander Henry Fiesta fabric in 3 color ways.  In case you didn’t know, Fiesta is dinnerware made by Homer Laughlin beginning in the 1930’s and is very collectible.  I have some of the older pieces but my collection is mostly from 1995 to present.

I made some Fiesta fabric valances for the kitchen and Dining room.

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Cream Background Fiesta Fabric

From the deep charcoal background I made a One Block Wonder (OBW) quilt for the table.

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Fiesta Deep Charcoal Background

I used a repeat of the original fabric in the center of the quilt and surrounded it with OBW Hexagons.  I’m not sure how I did it, but it came out pretty nice.

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A Very Whimsical Dinning Room

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Quilts & Fiesta

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I made this quilt in 2006

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This wall hanging was a gift from a friend.

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My sister makes beautiful, but unusual counted cross stitch.

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More of my sister’s work.

 

Just Hanging Around

I was searching Pinterest for different ways to store, show or hang quilts. If you haven’t checked out Pinterest for quilt storage you should, they have some wonderful ideas.  The ones I really liked required carpentry, ain’t nobody got time for that!  So I bought some curtain rods and went to work.

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I had enough room for a 60″ rod and if I folded the quilts just right I could fit 3 on a rod and I had room for a 2nd tier. I showed this picture to a Facebook group call “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” and they loved it so I thought I would share it you too!

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Then I had to go buy 2 more smaller curtain rods to hang two more quilts.

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I couldn’t forget about the back of the couch.

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Of course I have my “Remember Me” obituary quilt on another wall. I guess this means I might not need to paint down here now!

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Upon entering the Quilt Zone I have Grandma Bessie keeping an eye on me.  How do you hang or show off your quilts?