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Topic: Quilting Advice for One Block Wonder?  (Read 1150 times)
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« on: February 29, 2012 01:43:37 PM »

Last week I spent a LOT of time browsing around this board and absolutely fell in love with the One Block Wonder (kaleidoscope) quilts I saw.  I was able to get the book from my library, and became obsessed with the idea of making one immediately -- even though I've never made a quilt before, or anything resembling a quilt.  With just one fabric to choose it seemed like a good place to start!

I devoted most of Sunday to cutting and sewing and pressing and sewing and pressing...and I'm closing in on the end of the quilt top construction.  Which brings me to the looming question: how do I quilt this thing?!  I've been doing a ton of research so I understand the basic mechanics, and plan to make lots of practice swatches for learning before I start on the actual quilt -- but I am stuck on the design.  I've been squinting at a lot of pictures of quilts online, but I feel like I'm just out of my depth to make a good decision here.

Not sure how commonly known this is, but the One Block Wonder has you pick a single fabric, cut it into matching triangles, and sew those together into hexagons.  (That's a terrible explanation, sorry.)  My quilt is hexagons - so each piece is six triangles sewn together.  The idea is to arrange them so there is a nice flow between the blocks.

Knowledgeable quilters: how would you quilt this?  Any suggestions/advice VERY appreciated!

... And picture fail. Sad I've been a lurker for a long time but haven't posted enough to put pictures into a post.  So sorry for the inconvenience (and that the pics aren't sharper) -- hopefully these will be links to the pictures in my gallery here --

Here is the quilt up on my ghetto design wall -- I still have some rearranging to do, but this gives you a general idea:

Here is a closer look at some of the blocks -- I laid them out on the floor partway through sewing to give me some inspiration to keep on pressing:

This is the original fabric, before being cut in triangles:

Thanks again!
« Last Edit: March 09, 2012 11:38:55 AM by MareMare - Reason: to reveal images for new member » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012 04:31:18 PM »

Do you want your quilting to show or be more hidden?  If you want it hidden, you can stitch in the ditch.  Only do this if you did NOT press your seams open.  If you pressed them to one side you're OK.  I'm not sure how big the squares are, but I would think if you went around each piece it would be enough.  If you want it to show, you  could do an all over meander or feather work.

Great work, BTW!  I never would have done hexagons on my first quilt, but you've done a good job of it.

There's one in every family, and I'm an only child.
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