Sunday, September 1, 2019

My First One Block Wonder

I bought this fabric almost 10 years ago thinking I would make a One Block Wonder (OBW), but I didn't buy enough so it has been patiently waiting in my stash for me to do something with it.  

A friend of mine was teaching the OBW in an online quilt group I help moderate so I decided to see what I could do with it.  I didn't have enough repeats of the fabric to make a very big quilt so I set out to do what I could.  I liked the way the blocks were looking.  With only 33 blocks I was still only going to have enough for a wall-hanging, though, and I wasn't sure I wanted that to happen.

Since you need six repeats to cut out enough triangles for hexagons, and I only had three repeats left,  I decided to play.  I made half-hexagons with some of the triangles and put them together .....

..... and I just cut out whatever triangles I could using the leftover scraps.  I mixed those up into half-hexies.

It was fun to really play and see what kind of layout I could come up with.  It went from this .....

..... to this .....

..... and once I got the borders on it looked like this.

It's still not very big but definitely big enough for a fun baby quilt.   A trip to my LQS ended with the perfect backing fabric.

I'm going to go a little outside the box on this one and do some big stitch quilting with Perle Cotton.   It's all basted and ready to go.  I'll keep you posted!


  1. Hi Sandy, what a great idea. Your quilt is really lovely.

  2. Congratulations on a great finish and on doing it your own way!

  3. Brilliant idea, Sandy, with a great result. Better a baby quilt than a piece of fabric residing in a cupboard, any day!

  4. Oh, I love the colors in this piece! Some baby will be very lucky to receive it :)

  5. Sandy, that is really pretty and bright! I've never tried a OBW quilt, but it looks like fun!

  6. I love how that fabric spoke to you years ago, and continued to haunt you. I think it's a gorgeous make, and you did well with what you had! I've quilted OBW for other people, but never made one myself. May have to give it a try now.

  7. You made good use of the fabric and ended up with a very spectacular quilt. That electric blue border really jazzes up the whole top.

  8. Wonderful job on this quilt here. It will make a fun and interesting baby quilt. I love that border.

  9. Oh my, did that ever turn out pretty! Very cool!