Friday, June 4, 2021

One Block Wonder Panel Quilts

Here's a new book to spark your interest - One Block Wonder Panel Quilts by Maxine Rosenthal and Nancy Miller (affiliate link).

orange quilt book

You may remember One Block Wonder Quilts (affiliate link) being quite the rage several years ago.

The brand new version incorporates all of the spinning kaleidoscope blocks made from hexagons from before, adding fabric panels for very unique quilts. Just look at the stunning Peacock's Pride.

Maxine and Nancy walk through the process of choosing fabric panels, especially what to look for and what to avoid. There's several factors to consider, such as pattern repeats, spacing, dead space, distinct lines, etc.

The next portion of the book goes over cutting and piecing the hexagons to make the blocks, and the design process using panels. The key is to experiment until you like what you see!

Finally, there's the construction of the quilt, which can be simple or complex. Maxine and Nancy walk you through it, including whether to add borders or not.

Here's another quilt, Haunted House, effectively using the technique.

Want to make one of these One Block Wonder Panel Quilts? I'm giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader! Giveaway is open to those in the continental US only - sorry to my international followers. 

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, now thru midnight Monday, June 7. Winner to be announced on Midweek Makers that week.

Good luck!

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  1. I love one block wonders - but I have yet to make one. What am I waiting on??

  2. I started a OBW panel quilt a few years ago and just haven't put it together yet, because I need a large space to lay it all out and I don't have a large space. I also was uncertain as to how I wanted to put it all together. I really want to get it finished, so maybe seeing your post today, I want to pull it out and see if I can work on it. I may need to lay it all out on the garage floor (with a sheet down first) as that might be the only place large enough, lol!

  3. I've made 1 one-block wonder quilt. After that, I switched to 4-patch posie designs which create a similar effect, but are easier to sew together. Using a panel is an intriguing concept.

  4. I've done color block quilts where you use 2 1/2" squares for the background, shading as you go then add a silhouette on top of that, but this wonderful. Gotta hurry and finish a hexie I started with 1 1/2" hexies (what was I thinking?) so I can make this next. Thanks perfect summer project.

  5. Awesome giveaway Susan, thank you. This is something to make on my radar and would love to make.

  6. Follow it is interesting! I have some fabric that I purchased years ago for a one block wonder! It is a gold with lions and tigers. I just might make one - FINALLY! The panel idea is interesting!


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