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Thread: Did you FMQ a French Braid quilt?

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    Show and tell???

    I'm looking for ideas on what to quilt FMQ on a French Braid Quilt. I don't want to just stitch in the ditch and I don't want to do an allover pattern. I'm looking for ideas mostly for the braid strip sections.

    Still working on the top, here is a peek at my progress. I still have to sew the triangles on the top/bottom, then I can start assembling the top. I am also considering quilting in sections, but haven't decided if or which method to use. I guess I need to decide that before I put the borders on.
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    LOVE your quilt top--It's absolutely GORGEOUS!

    Hope this gives you some ideas...Here's what I did to FMQ a large runner. (I plan on adapting this design for my quilt when it's ready.) I wouldn't quilt the middle squares as heavily as I did on this one for a bed quilt though; I posted these pics just so you could get some idea of where you might like to lay out designs.

    Your quilt top is so beautiful already, that I'd keep the quilting simpler, probably feathers down each side of the braid and just enough in your focus squares to accent the fabric designs nicely. I think for your quilt top, some contrasting quilting on those purple sashing pieces would look wonderful--what about a "curly ribbon" or swirls design? Both are pretty easy to FMQ, and would look great. I think I'd use yellow thread to match the little stirps beside it.

    This is the back. It gives you a better view of the FMQ
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    Thats so colorful and cheery! I have no advice...my braided quilt wasnt as complex.

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    OMG that's gorgeous!!! Just a tad beyond my skill level though. I need to start playing with feathers. Someday I will be able to do them, but probably not as good as yours! :)

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    Great looking top, katier825! whatever you do will only enhance it.
    Beautiful job, azwendyg! I've got to get off my backside and learn to do feathers! I love the look of them, but can only do a poor job of stippling and waves so far.

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    Your quilt is Gorfeous! I did a baby quilt with the braid pattern and quilted all the pieces and it ws a pain. I would do a simple feather as suggested to enhance yours.

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    The fabric you have chosen is beautiful and the sun centers make it come alive. What a beautiful quilt this is. I did a french braid and it turned out great with FMQ. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous quilt.

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    I did a curve line down the middle and then feathers up each side. no as fancy as azwendy cuz I'm not an artist but it got the job done

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    that's going to be beautiful.

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    Love the quilt and colors!

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    Your colors are stunning

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    LOVE your quilt top--It's absolutely GORGEOUS!

    Hope this gives you some ideas...Here's what I did to FMQ a large runner. (I plan on adapting this design for my quilt when it's ready.) I wouldn't quilt the middle squares as heavily as I did on this one for a bed quilt though; I posted these pics just so you could get some idea of where you might like to lay out designs.

    Your quilt top is so beautiful already, that I'd keep the quilting simpler, probably feathers down each side of the braid and just enough in your focus squares to accent the fabric designs nicely. I think for your quilt top, some contrasting quilting on those purple sashing pieces would look wonderful--what about a "curly ribbon" or swirls design? Both are pretty easy to FMQ, and would look great. I think I'd use yellow thread to match the little stirps beside it.


    can I come to your house and you teach me how to make those beautiful feathers?

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    I haven't made one yet but,if I did I would FMQ it as that is just about what I do on all my quilts.

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    I did a big meander with variegated thread. Both of the quilts pictured are gorgeous.

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    Your quilt is gorgeous. :thumbup:

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    Oh, love those colors! :-)

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    I'm making my first braid quilt and intend to do small feathers in each braid. Only hope it doesn't look over - done and will vary the feather for interest.

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    Glad you asked this, I'm working on a French Braid Quilt.

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    I think for your quilt top, some contrasting quilting on those purple sashing pieces would look wonderful--what about a "curly ribbon" or swirls design? Both are pretty easy to FMQ, and would look great. I think I'd use yellow thread to match the little stirps beside it.[/quote]
    Your quilting is fabulous!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I think for your quilt top, some contrasting quilting on those purple sashing pieces would look wonderful--what about a "curly ribbon" or swirls design? Both are pretty easy to FMQ, and would look great. I think I'd use yellow thread to match the little stirps beside it.
    Your quilting is fabulous!!!![/quote]

    I wish I could take credit for the fabulous quilting...that isn't mine. My main concern is what to quilt in the braid strips. The purple was going to get something similar to what you suggested. I think yellow thread is a good choice.

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    That is beautiful! Love the colors.

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    I love the colors in your French Braid quilt. Also, the table runner quilting is beautiful!

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    Love that braid....the colors.....and the patterns on the fabric!

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    I love your french braid! so vibrant!
    I quilted mine with some basic swirls and curly-q's ..it was fast and easy.
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    All are simply lovely! The feathers exceed my ability right now - but WOW something to aspire to!!!

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