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« on: April 14, 2012 03:50:02 PM »

My mom is making 2 one block wonder quilts for my niece and nephew.

Original Fabric #1


Finished quilt top


Original Fabric #2


Hexagons Layed out


We have a turquoise background fabric for the second one and are sewing all the pieces together right now, I'll post the finised quilt top when we are done.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012 04:20:05 PM »

Wow, so cool how completely different the quilt tops are from the original fabric....its like magic!  I really love the colours of the second quilt Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012 09:38:36 PM »

Love them!  Makes me want to try it out, even though it takes me forever to make a quilt.

My son has a shirt I made from the bird fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012 11:56:38 PM »

Very cool, I have one of those stack and whack books but I've been kind of intimidated so far!
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012 12:27:22 AM »

Very cool!  I love how the business of the original print turns into so many amazing kaleidoscope blocks.  I really want to try this, now  Grin.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012 02:16:42 AM »

I second what everyone else is saying. This is way cool! I can't wait to see the finished works of art.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012 05:06:48 PM »

Gorgeous.  I love the first one. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012 05:11:36 PM »

I have wanted to try this for a while, but it seems intimidating to me - don't you have to fussy-cut the fabric so you get the same image in all the triangles?  And then sewing all the triangles together . . . eeek!  They look gorgeous, though.  Sigh.  I'll try them one day . . . maybe . . .
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012 05:32:31 PM »

Those are so cool, I love them both!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012 06:01:39 PM »

I have wanted to try this for a while, but it seems intimidating to me - don't you have to fussy-cut the fabric so you get the same image in all the triangles?  And then sewing all the triangles together . . . eeek!  They look gorgeous, though.  Sigh.  I'll try them one day . . . maybe . . .

The book explains it really well, basically you do some math to figure out the repeats of the fabric, then cut it to certain widths and slice it. Not that bad if you go step by step!

http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wonders-Fabric-One-Of-A-Kind-Quilts/dp/1571203222

http://www.amazon.com/Stack-n-Whackipedia-10th-Anniversary-Bethany-Reynolds/dp/1574329650/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334538057&sr=1-3

eta: I actually have the stack and whack, so the one block wonders technique may be different, but similar results!
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2012 06:44:22 PM »

I have wanted to try this for a while, but it seems intimidating to me - don't you have to fussy-cut the fabric so you get the same image in all the triangles?  And then sewing all the triangles together . . . eeek!  They look gorgeous, though.  Sigh.  I'll try them one day . . . maybe . . .

The book explains it really well, basically you do some math to figure out the repeats of the fabric, then cut it to certain widths and slice it. Not that bad if you go step by step!

http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wonders-Fabric-One-Of-A-Kind-Quilts/dp/1571203222

http://www.amazon.com/Stack-n-Whackipedia-10th-Anniversary-Bethany-Reynolds/dp/1574329650/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334538057&sr=1-3

eta: I actually have the stack and whack, so the one block wonders technique may be different, but similar results!

Thanks!  I will have to look into these . . .
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012 06:20:26 AM »

Thanks for explaining MareMare!  Both of these fabrics had a 12" repeat, 4 yards were used to get 2 stacks of 6.  Then those were cut into three 4" strips that were used to cut the triangles.  Each stack of 6 triangles becomes a hexagon.  I wasn't here for the cutting, but Mom says it went really fast and was easy.  She has been sewing clothes since I was little, so cutting fabric is old news to her, I think she was glad to do something where the pieces weren't all different!
The 4 yards worth of hexagons made either 3 or 4 extra, with a 10" border this quilt is  aprox 72x90 finished.

If anyone is wanting to try it, but is intimidated don't be.  Small flaws and mistakes are hidden REALLY well in this pattern.  Once it gets light out I will take some pics of individual hexagons that aren't perfect so you can see.  My one tip is don't sew all 6 triangles into hexagons, make half hexagons, then lay it out and you can make straight rows to sew together instead of trying to join hexagons which I'm told is difficult to impossible to do by machine.  Mom's little trick she tried with the second quilt - the tropical fabric was slightly over 4 yards, so after she cut the first 6 12" strips she trimmed an inch off, so the next 6 12" repeats were slightly different, ensuring that there was no possible way for any two hexagons to be identical.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012 09:51:52 AM »

Thanks for all the tips Lisa.  They look great.  I'm inspired to try it sometime. 

Anyone know if this is similar to the snowflake quilt method (I have a book that was my Grandma's somewhere about it)?
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012 11:21:32 AM »

it's so cool how the original pattern gets lost in the design
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