Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One Block Wonder Quilt Along - a preview post

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Clearly my button making needs some work!

Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in having a little quilt along after seeing my quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  The time is finally approaching!

Blue OBW w/seagull

Here's what you need to know - besides being beginner friendly, this pattern is FUN.


September 26th - welcome post with mini interview with Maxine Rosenthal (one of the authors) 
September 30th - fabric selection tips post
October 3rd - more tips, a short post
October 10th - quilting tips, another short post
October 17th - Linky opens
October 31st - Linky closes, voting opens
November 7th - prizes awarded!

Materials Needed (affiliate links):
** The Creative Grids 60 degree ruler has a little notch at the top of the triangle that makes piecing easier.  If you are worried about buying "another ruler" and that it might not get much use after this QAL, don't worry!  There are tons of things you can do with this ruler.  Triangles, diamonds, hexies, oh my!  In fact, I am posting a small project tutorial next Wednesday that uses this ruler.  So come back and see.


This is a self-sponsored QAL, so it is mostly just for fun, but I think a couple of prizes should be in order for all your hard work.  Thus, I would like to give away 2 prizes!  One for the crowd favorite (as voted on by you), and one for the "Most Amazing Transformation" of fabric.  I'm going to pick that one based on what the fabric looked like to begin with (whole) and what it looked like after the OBW process.  You will have to have a FINISHED quilt TOP to enter.  Both prizes will be $25 Gift Certificates to the Intrepid Thread (one of my favorite online fabric shops).

book for OBW QAL

How about a giveaway right now?  I said you are going to need one of the books to participate (copyright laws and such), so let me give one away right now.  I have one copy of One-Block Wonders Encore! to one lucky winner.  Because I am hoping someone who wants to do the QAL will win, to enter you need to join the One Block Wonder Flickr group and leave me a comment below with your Flickr handle.  Normally I like my giveaways to be open to everyone, but since the book is required for the quilt along, I would like it to go to a participant.  I hope you understand.  So far, there is only one participant, so I'd say the odds on this giveaway are pretty good!  This giveaway is open to international followers and will close on September 4th when I will pick a winner and notify them via email (so make sure I can send you one) or Flickr mail.  I have had a LOT of No-Reply Blogger comments for giveaways, so if in doubt, leave me your email address like this:  youremailaddress(at)domain(dot)com.  OK?

This Giveaway is now closed.

I hope you are as excited as I am!  Don't forget to check C&T Publishing's Summer Sale this weekend to see if any of the OBW books are included in the sale.

Thanks for joining in,



  1. I have joined the group (Negligent style) but you can exclude me from the giveaway since I already have this book. I hope this QAL actually gets me started :-)

  2. im really looking forward to seeing how thsee progress, but sorry im not joining as im simply rubbish with anything not cut straight on the grain

  3. Cool, I have joined up (debtrail) and can't wait to get started. I just love your quilt!

  4. Well I'm joining - and I hope I will manage to get through -
    Is there any chance you can do the fabric selection tips earlier? so we have the time to maybe add somethign to the stash before the sewign starts? oh well I guess I could just read the books aye ..

  5. I am joining (purduepam). I also can't wait to get started. Thanks for the quilt along. I am sure your tips will be very helpful.

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  7. I'm in! Showing up as knottyneedle2 on flickr. can't wait.

  8. I just joined the Flickr group! I'm Tiffiefay. I'm super excited to see what everyone comes up with!

  9. I did see (and admired) your quilt while the quilt festival was going on. It is gorgeous! Sorry I cannot commit to a quilt along right now, but I was wondering.... Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at

  10. 54diane I have been wanting to make this quilt for a long time. Thank you

  11. I joined the group and pinned it to help spread the word! My Flickr name is Marci Girl Designs. Your quilt is so beautiful, and now all I can think of is what fabric to use!!!!

  12. I'm joined. This quilt is just gorgeous.
    My Flickr nick is treewytch (no suprises there)

  13. I am not usually a flickr user but I really want to join your quilt-along so I have joined the group! I think my username is either smoroneyau or soozem (I really need to learn how to use flickr I guess LOL!).

  14. I'm joined, wanted to make this quilt for a long time, thank you for the quiltalong. My Flickr name is Beatrice 2011.

  15. I joined because this quilt intrigues me. I would love to learn to make it and would be willing to pick up the book...if I don't win a copy...but really we are going to make this in one month's time??? Am I the only one who thinks that is crazy? My flicker name is qreative quilts.

    1. Yep! The cutting is easy and pretty fast since you are layering your fabric. Even though the blocks look like hexagons, they are actually triangles that are pieced in straight rows. The longest part of the process is deciding how to group your hexies once they are partially pieced. Plus, don't forget, you just have to have the top done to enter it in the link up.

      I hope this makes you less worried.



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