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Magellanic Cloud

by Jo
(Gilbert, AZ)

I made this quilt for my grandson as he transitions from crib to twin bed. It's a one-block-wonder, made of about 1000 60-degree, fussy-cut triangles.

As complicated as it looks, it is amazingly easy to put together. It is machine quilted. Hand embroidered at the bottom is a phrase from John Masefield's poem, "Sea Fever"...

"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by."

A note from the Editor:

For those of you who are interested, there are several books available with instructions to make a One Block Wonder. You can find them here.

You can find the full text of the poem here.


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Jul 31, 2018
Quilting matches the concept for the quilt
by: Joanne

Peaches- I had this quilted in black, which faded into the blocks. I've seen one-block wonders quilted 1/4" from the seams, and also with a scallop pattern around each triangle. This looks good to me and keeps it simple. I think the quilting needs to reflect the all over idea for the quilt, so, even in a quilt this complicated looking, might also be a complicated pattern.

Jul 30, 2018
by: Peaches

Absolutely gorgeous quilt! I've made several One Block Wonder quilt tops. Love the idea of creating different variations of blocks. Sometimes I even carry 2 mirrors to the fabric store to see which materials best for this technique.

As for the quilt tops, I haven't figured out which style of quilting will work best for such a busy pattern.

Any suggestions?

Jul 30, 2018
This quilt is easier than it looks
by: Anonymous

Nanette, This is one of the easiest quilts I've ever made!

Two parts required patience. One was stacking 6 layers of fabric just right so you end up with 6 identical triangles. The second tricky part was laying all the half hexagons out to form a good design.

I used a template to cut the triangles so they were all the same size.

Sewing the whole thing together was a snap. Maxine Rosenthal and Linda Bardes have a book out with excellent instructions- "One-Block Wonders of the World".

Jul 30, 2018
by: Nannette

So beautiful. I want to make a one block wonder but can't find the nerve to try.

Jun 04, 2018
what a marvel for a child
by: Anonymous

This is an awesome quilt for a child to grow with.

May 26, 2018
by: Chris K.

Really beautiful. I think you should save it until he gets married, as little boys can be rough on quilts.

May 25, 2018
A total wonder!
by: Julie

This is absolutely fabulous. I love your creativity in using the One Block Wonder to represent the stars in the sky. Magnificient!

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