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Monday, February 22, 2010

Big Quilt!






This is a big quilt for me. I haven't made one this large in quite awhile because it was just too difficult for me to quilt on a domestic machine. I took a class at a local quilt shop last summer to learn how to make this quilt. It's a One Block Wonder. Yes, I could have figured it out on my own but sometimes it is fun to do things with other people. Turned out I did most of it on my own anyway because I had it written down wrong on my calendar and missed the first day of class.

I pieced it last summer but am just now getting around to adding borders. So, I went to the store on Saturday and bought fabric for my borders. I brought it home and immediately threw it in the washer, because that's what I always do. After I started to add it to my quilt, I remembered, I didn't wash the One Block Wonder fabric. I don't know if it will really look different after I wash the whole quilt. I always use cold water, so hopefully the centers won't shrink too much. The instructions for the OBW quilt tell you not to prewash so it is easier to cut. Another life lesson in the world of a newbie quilter.

I wish I could say the border design is my original idea but it isn't. This is from the second book, One Block Wonder, Encore. I liked how she did her quilt so I did something similar. I deconstructed my original quilt into panels and began to add all the little border pieces. Now to figure out how to quilt it?!

Have a Creative Day
Janet

10 comments:

Debra Svedberg said...

AWESOME!!!!

Dolores said...

I really like what you did with the OBW. It's nice to see variations.

Bern said...

Hi Janet, I really like what you have done with your OBW quilt! I would not have recognised the fabric that you cut your block pieces from, if you had not shown it to us!

I too like what you did with the border - it might not have been your original idea but you sure made it work!

Well done!

Gudrun said...

It's very sweet nice to see the 'before' fabric.
I think this quilt is about the cutting, piecing, colour.
Based on what is used for backing is how I would approach the quilting of this beauty.

Carol said...

What a great quilt! I hope that you can bring it for "show and tell" (finished or not). I have two one block wonders with about half the hexagons together and this week am planning on cutting triangles for another one...

Carol said...

What a great quilt! Isn't it amazing how those work? I have two of them about half together and am planning to cut triangles for another one this week (I found fabric that I just have to try out.)

Betweens said...

Janet it looks fantastic..and it is one of my favorite layouts for the OBW in the book You did super!! I used to teach this technique and believe me your borders fabric layout, and finishing is just wonderful!! thanks for sharing so glad you decided to make a "big" one..

Dotti said...

I was going to ask you about the technique behind the OBW...but I took a closer look and figured it out! So, now I'll say: You are one brave newbie to tackle all those kaleidescope triangles! Good job Janet!

Debra Svedberg said...

Did you get it on your quilting machine?

Janet Hartje said...

Not yet Deb, It's kind of like that book called If you give a Mouse a Cookie. One thing lead to another and I haven't had a chance. I had some new parts delivered yesterday and wanted to put them on first. Went to conferences at school this evening. Decided I want to mark the border and since I have never done that before... Anyway I hope it will happen tomorrow.

Thanks for all the nice remarks everyone.
Janet