Is - you are so right - I lost all my eagerness with the SnW - I do like it but something just didn't seem to flow the way I wanted it to - so rather then just put it together and not completely like it - have shelved it for a few days while I work on Rita's quilt. The ideas are flowing for that quilt right now and I have been working on and off on it for a long time - I did find that perfect fabric to tie it all together while shopping with Barbara prior to retreat - so that is absolutely wonderful ... once it has started going together - I'll probably get SnW back on the design wall - I had to put off anything till I can match that red in the quilt as I think I want to have the final border pull that color really out so it jumps at you - but it is a hard one to match - am looking though!
got the book Stack and wackier. Am going to make the quilt on the cover as a baby quilt... Thanks for the inspirationThea.
Have you thought about using a solid for border Country Classics at Joanns has afull spectrum of colors. Just a thought.
Quilting My Rainbow
Thea, love your S&W! I took a class years back, when the first book was new, but never finished the quilt. Seeing yours has inspired me to get my class quilt out and see what happens. My fabric is an off-white ground with pink and purple tulips. The octogons are all varied and the sense of movement is incredible. I had some problems with my blocks cupping, so I may end up frogging a lot of them, but now, I want to see the finished quilt.
Thanks for the kick-start, Thea. I pray that your life issues don't totally overwhelm the creative, enthusiastic person you are.
BTW, did you ever look to see what line the fabric is from? I'd like to look at the other fabrics in that line, as I love the colors and designs in your quilt. Please post that info, even if the quilt has been relegated to the WIP box for the moment.
It's Quilting! You're supposed to be having fun!
thea, i know that somewhere here you mentioned adding some boxes or other elements to your quilt. i just posted some quilts from the spokane show and one of them has some added elements that you might be interested in .
gini in north idaho
Very striking design!
I just saw this thread and I am absolutely amazed by your SnW quilt. I remember seeing the fabric in Des Moines and it's amazing how many different blocks you came up with.
I miss you and all the other girls, the retreat was a great fun and I am already counting the days to the next one. I have not sewn anything since I came back but I have reorganized my little sewing corner and I am ready to start some Christmas projects.
I've been working on a One Block Wonder-directed quilt using hexagons and I'm really liking how it's turning out so far! What I'm wondering may be just a matter of semantics, but what is the difference among One Block Wonder, Stack 'n Whack, and Kaleidoscope quilts? When Thea was displaying her progress here, it was referred to Stack 'n Whack, then as One Block Wonder. When reading my One Block Wonder book, I read where the author refers to the blocks as kaleidoscope blocks. However, a have a book by Eleanor Burns about kaleidoscope quilts and they don't look anything like the One Block Wonder. Are they all the same, just different terms depending on the author, or are there differences?
Thea, did you finish yours? The colors were so pretty!
Hi Carol - as far as a know stack'n wack has a sashing around the block and the block is made with HST(connectingthreads.com has a tutorial how to make them). One block wonders are kaleidoscope block without the corner triangles. One block wonders are made of 6 equilater triangles and it will be a hexagon when it finished, kaleidoscopes are made with 8 triangles and 4 corner triangles so the finished block is square. Hope it helps.
Zsofia: stack'n wack has a sashing around the block and the block is made with HST(
By my understanding, using the first Stack'n'Whack by Bethany Reynolds, not necessarily so. The book has designs for blocks done with HST, equilateral triangles and half diamonds. They all use the same technique for cutting which is explained in great detail. Most in this book don't have sashings. My take on the question as to what the difference between the different terms is that there are a number of people who wrote books on a very similar topic. They just were looking for ways to not "copy cat" someone else and getting sued and also to use catch phrases or words to catch quilter's attentions. Can we deny that quilting may be a niche market but a very lucrative one?
Agnes in NW Ontario
Well, I "looked inside" a Bethany Reynolds book on Amazon and found that Stack 'n Whack and One Block Wonder are similar in cutting technique but the difference is in the finished quilt. Reynolds adds other fabrics and sometimes does not complete the full hexagon or octagon as Rosenthal does. Rosenthal's thing is to use only one fabric and make only one type of block throughout the quilt. All her blocks are either hexagons or octagons.
Thanks to both of you, Zsofia and Agnes! You both were a great help. Do you ever have something minor that just bothers you till you figure it out? I feel much better now!
Thanks, Carol, for the comparison of the two designers on a similar technique. Well said. Now it comes down to personal preference as to which we execute when we want to go this route or whether we make a new marriage of styles. Our inner designer has a place to roam.