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danynn
« on: November 12, 2013 07:57:33 PM »

So, both my parents are turning 65 this year and I decided to make them a quilt as a joint birthday gift. I've been curious about the one-block wonder quilts for a while and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to try one. I might be slightly insane. Cheesy

Anyway, after seven months of off-and-on quilting, I ended up with this:




And here's the original fabric:




I saw the panel idea on another one-block wonder quilt online and liked it because it broke it up a bit, so that's what I did. Some close-ups of the panels:




There are 216 hexagons in the quilt, for a total of 1296 triangles. Remind me not to make another one of these for a while! Some close-ups of the hexagons:




For the back I had some of the original fabric left over, so I used that in the middle. The first bird border around it is the half-hexagons that didn't make it onto the front, while the second bird border is the strips I had left after having cut the strips from the fabric repeats.



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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013 09:02:40 PM »

Stunning. Simply, absolutely, undeniably stunning! WOW!
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013 09:32:06 PM »

I am glad you kept some of the birds on the back, because they are lost up front. But, I like it.  Grin You did a spendid job with the mix of colors, and re-creating with the flower type shapes.

I would re-name it: "When birds turn into flowers". Just my idea. Take it and run!

I love the colors. The four panel thing....ehhhh??? I don't know how hard they are to put together, so maybe that works better for this pattern. By doing them in blocks. Overall, you did a wonderful job, and I hope your parents love it!!!! Wish them the Happy 65 from me, too!  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013 09:53:43 PM »

Beautiful! I love seeing how these turn out!
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013 04:33:46 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous! Wow! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013 06:40:57 AM »

I'm not sure what a one block wonder quilt is, but I don't know how you did it without your eyes crossing.   Grin  It looks like a kaleidescope - wow!
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013 07:03:07 AM »

The idea behind the one block wonder is to take a print and convert into patterns that purposely make the original almost unrecognizable...they are also called kaleidoscope blocks since they mimi the images when you look into one...and this one hit the mark perfectly!

Wow, danynn...after being in several quilt block swaps with you, I am not surprised at how beautiful this turned out!  I do love that you used the original on the back so that people can see what you started with...it is like a puzzle!

Do you use a kaleidoscope mirror?I found this little tool useful to get an idea of what the pattern would look like...I bet you make another...they are a bit addicting! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2013 05:05:48 PM »

Incredible!

It must be fun to make but also a lot of work. It's totally worth it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013 06:50:01 AM »

The idea behind the one block wonder is to take a print and convert into patterns that purposely make the original almost unrecognizable...they are also called kaleidoscope blocks since they mimi the images when you look into one...and this one hit the mark perfectly!

Well then my comment was accurate!    Cheesy  I'll have to Google this - it must take a lot of time to even pick the fabric.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013 07:08:31 AM »

I have some Amy Butler fabric stashed to do something similar, I think I have a Stack n Whack book, very similar to One Block Wonder. Soul Blossoms Twilight Peony in Amaranth.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013 09:12:04 AM »

holy wow.  So much fussy cutting and superb sewing! Absolutely stunning! *rocked*
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2013 10:24:33 AM »

Stunning, it is so beautiful. 
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2013 07:19:40 PM »

That is so beautiful!  I love the colors and the way the pattern looks broken up.
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2013 07:23:33 AM »

Mare--I am not sure I would use Amy Butler fabric for this type of quilt...only because the original print does get lost and we know how much AB fabric can cost!

It seems that pretty ugly fabrics work best for these...the book I have explains the best type of fabrics to use...since you are not really focusing on any pattern in the fabric, not really fussy cutting at all...lot of folding...and matching to make the SAME cuts...but you can use a lot of the fabric...I would save the AB fabric to feature the prints, not disguise them.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2013 07:58:18 AM »

Well I actually bought it specifically for a Stack and Whack because it has the correct size of repeats. I think it will work! Who knows when I will get around to it though. AB fabric doesn't cost any more than any other designer fabric.
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013 06:17:40 PM »

All, I can say is WOW...what a great job...just keep at the cuts right..great job.
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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2013 12:49:20 PM »

It will be lovely, mare!

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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2013 01:02:41 AM »

That is stunning - both in the overall impact and in how much work it has taken.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2013 02:38:22 PM »

This is the most intriguing quilt I have seen, it is beautiful!
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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2013 08:36:26 AM »

This is incredible. I've done some patchwork and quilting, but I wouldn't have patience for this.
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2013 12:26:27 PM »

Wow!  Just... wow.
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2013 03:14:51 AM »

That is utterly beautiful.  I shall have to google it too as i had never heard of this technique
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