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Old 06-05-2013, 05:25 AM
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Has anyone done the french braid using the small half hexi ruler. I saw this idea on Missouri Star. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dn_4vTxwfk
It makes the cutest little braid, but I dont have a pattern for a quilt. The braid is only 5 inches wide, and no matter how I arrange the braids, it doesn't look balanced. They look so long and skinny. Any ideas?
I have Googled french braid, watched Ellen do a Braid in a Day, but they all look wider. I'm stuck!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:36 AM
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If you're looking for some ideas, check out Marcia's pattern for the braid, you can click on a few sample pictures there.
http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BraidBlock.html
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I think the ruler used in the MSQ tutorial is the binding tool ruler?
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My avatar is a friendship braid quilt I made from Pam Lintott's Jellyroll Book.

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I'm wondering if you could just make several really big blocks of a series of shorter narrow braids to create a sort of woven type design - or would that be too busy?
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I bought a book filled with French Braid Quilts. I think that's the way to go. They are lovely. You can find many books on Amazon that are used and quite cheap.
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thimblebug, that's just what I needed. thanks
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:21 AM
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I have used Eleanor Burns braid template, the half hexie from MSQC, the binding tool and just strips cut with a regular ruler. They all worked just fine. You have to make sure you are consistent with your seams with any of the methods.
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I made a french braid quilt, easy to put together, but my advice is to stay stitch around the sides before you trim it up. Mine stretched a lot and I'll stay stitch next time.
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Did you put the hexies together the long way instead of the wide way? ? ? Why was the braid so narrow?
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