Books on Monday – One-Block Wonders

Yes, I am late to the party on this, but I have seriously always wanted to do a One-Block Wonder quilt. So today we are looking at One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts by Maxine Rosenthal. This is one of the books I picked up on my visit to Illinois in June. I have been kind of inspired by people using panels to create these quilts like Pam of Hip to Be a Square podcast fame. Here are the links to the book and Kindle version (insert Amazon Affiliate disclaimer here):

One of the reasons I originally put off buying this book was that the whole idea of figuring out repeats intimidated me. Yeah, I do intimidate easily. I figure panels might make that whole process easier. And I may already have enough of a Christmas panel that I bought several years ago. Win. Win.

So, about the book (as if you had never heard of it, seen it or owned it). This is the book that introduced the technique to the world. In this book she doesn’t specifically discuss using panels, although she does mention not using fabric with strips or box sides that run parallel to the selvedges because then they must be matched. I guess we’ll see where that goes when I try this (a few months from now). She carefully and thoroughly describes the technique, including the dreaded (to me anyway) repeats. She describes how to match them and how to cut successfully. She also suggests the kind of fabric patterns that work best. Directions for two different kinds of one-block wonders (hexagon and octagon are described in this book.

So the layout of the book looks like this:

  • Introduction
  • The Star Player: Fabric
  • Prepare the Fabric
  • Hexagon Blocks
  • Octagon Blocks
  • Borders
  • What to Do with Extra Kaleidoscopes
  • About the Author
  • Index

If the look of these quilts appeals to you, I highly recommend this book. Stay tuned for my version (sometime after the wedding quilt that must be finished by October)!

Quilt on!