Friday, March 29, 2019

Helps to read the end of the book

     When I learned how to make OBW from a woman in my guild, I wanted to learn more, so I bought Maxine Rosenthal's One Block Wonders book. I got it on sale. I poured through it and have since made 3 more with another one cut and in process. 
     However, the other night, sitting in my new Morris Chair (wanted one all my life and hubby bought it for me for my birthday), I read past where the hexagon quilts complete. Lo and behold, there were octagon ones also. Really, I had this book for years and never saw this? And they sew into squares? What? 
     After I calmed down, I pulled out a fabric I bought for OBW that I had goofed with because the repeats are so small (12"). I thought, let me try an octagon one- I don't have to cut up a huge amount of yardage to try and see if I like it or not. Oh, yes, I like it! So much as a matter of fact, I had to buy some big yardage. I found a local quilt store with some Henry Glass Botannical Blooms. It is gone from everywhere else and bought it last week  (side note- my bad timing, this week all fabric is 20% off. Makes a difference when you buy 7 yards). First I will finish the Tivoli gardens fabric one, and then onto the big stuff.
Tivoli Gardens 12" repeat fabric

With the squares added enabling the blocks to be square. I just set the fabric in there, it will have to be cut into triangles and sewn on the top and bottom edges.
The 24" repeat Henry Glass Botannical print, 7 yards with (need 8 repeats for octagons)


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What!!! We're supposed to actually READ the directions???? Hmmm.... I wonder what all I've missed over the years. Glad you had fun with this.

Debbie said...

Now isn't that something! What we can learn from the words beyond the pictures. LOL....I love both of these fabrics and think the "mistake" is great anyway. It looks good with the squares. You have a plate full of ideas to keep you sewing right along.

Quiltdivajulie said...

SO true - we are all guilty of looking at the photos, reading the captions, reading perhaps the intro and the first few pages and they . . . we're off and we stop reading. Beautiful fabrics!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

7 yards must be enough to do a border too since it is more than 8 x 24". That makes sense to have enough fabric to play with a border. I didn't have any left of the 3 that I have made with the 6 repeats.

The Joyful Quilter said...

That sounds EXACTLY like something I would do!!! I'm glad your experiment worked out. The fabric you purchased is going to make a gorgeous quilt!

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh Linda - you were so lucky scoring these fabrics!!! The first fabric is revealing wonderful blocks, can't wait for the second fabric to be cut!