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Old 05-27-2012, 05:12 AM
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I'm sure one of you ladies has done one of these. I have seen pic's and was wowed by the results. If anyone here can tell me if it is an easy Quilt Top to start on. I haven't pieced a top and am debating on doing one of these. I just need to know if it is a good starter top. The French Braid Quilts I have seen are beautiful. Please if you have any input on this I would appreciate it.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:17 AM
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Piecing each braid is easy, but when it comes to sewing the strips to the sashing it can be challenging working with bias edges the entire length of the quilt. My daughter, who is a pretty experienced seamstress, had some trouble with this, but in the end we got it all worked out just perfectly. If you are comfortable working with LOTS of bias edges, go for it. If not, my advice would be to try something else first.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:17 AM
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Are you an accomplished seamstress who is just starting to quilt? If so, go for it. If not, then I agree with Wendy. It is not a difficult quilt, but there are so many lessons to learn on your FIRST TOP that it would be better to start piecing with something simpler. YBR (Yellow Brick Road) was my first quilt, and wow! did I learn a lot about 1/4 inch seams even on that simple pattern.
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Why not start with a French Braid Table runner to see if it is something you would like to make on a grander scale? Here are some easy tutorials for it, including one here on QB.


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Old 05-27-2012, 06:47 AM
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That is why I love this site. Thanks a million. I think I will try the Table Runner first then if I feel brave enough I will try the Quilt. I guess I need to start out with something simpler like Thr Rail Fence. Thanks again and I printed off the Table Runner
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:06 AM
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I agree with an earlier post .. try a tablerunner first .. if you like the method and get the results you want ... then go for it.
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Once you master the 1/4" seam, the the (quilting) world is your oyster--LOL. I also strongly advise you to pre-wash your fabrics and starch them until they are fairly stiff--almost like paper. It will be easier to cut and piece and will help control the bias edges.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:13 AM
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Yesterday, I saw my first "French Braid" quilt. I fell in love. I bought one of the books and read it thoroughly. Now I am ready to go pick out the fabrics and start my own. I am so excited. I am going to keep the book by my side so I don't make errors, hopefully. Boy, the one I saw was so gorgeous. I'm putting all my projects away and cleaning my room to on my paypal, I can buy my fabric and get to work.
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check this video out.....I can't keep this tool in stock...(though right now I have a new order of 6)

this is crazy fast and fun!

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:14 AM
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Here is a great tute. I saved this link because I want to do the homespun one; I really like is and it is easy to follow
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