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Old 11-20-2018, 05:49 PM
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Most braid quilt patterns have you cut the edges of the braid straight to assemble, which makes it easy; however, if you are wanting the braid effect throughout without the distinct straight edge between braids, then the set-in seams (y-seams) is the only way that I am aware of to achieve this. Obviously, time-consuming but stunning if you get the colorway right. Here is one that is pretty cool..

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Old 11-21-2018, 03:02 PM
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Hi Teen, I looked at the link you posted and if you take a close look at the one quilt that looks intertwined, there is an optical illusion going on. Each side of the strip is a different color, Still done in strips and edges are cut to join them together. That is if I am looking at the right quilt. I looked through many and didn't see any ade with Y seams but I could be wrong. Which particular quilt were you looking at 'cause I am curious?
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:07 PM
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Good eye, Ube... I completely missed that. Very cool how they did that... I'll search to see if I can find the other one I saw that did y-seams...
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Here's a scrappy example...not the one I originally saw but same concept

http://mollyflanders.blogspot.com/20...ed-y-seam.html

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I hope I do not sound stupid but I am not sure what a set in seam is. When I made my braid quilt I just kept adding strips to the left and then the right. After that, I sliced off the little triangles on the sides.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:35 PM
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Boston...you don't sound stupid at all. I never knew the technique by that name. The name I know the technique by is called a y-seam. It is where two pieces of fabric meet like a Y and the 3rd piece is joined by sewing down one side and pivoting to join the other side. The technique you used (cutting the triangles off on the edge) in your braid quilt is what I have done, too. If you didn't cut the triangles off, this is the Y-seam that you would sew the next braid to. It's definitely easier to just cut for a straight edge to assemble. Your quilt looks great!! Really pretty the way you designed this..
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:37 PM
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Thank you all for your replies, and your help. I am always leery of trying new things, but you have all convinced me to try. I guess, just looking at it, I saw something that wasn't there (set in seams), and stressed out over nothing. I am going to check out the links and tutorials before I jump in feet first, lol.
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Old 11-22-2018, 08:06 AM
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I have used French Braid on some quilts and wall hangings with the pattern in Quilter's Cache. They turned out fine and were easy to make.
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Originally Posted by Teen View Post
Here's a scrappy example...not the one I originally saw but same concept

http://mollyflanders.blogspot.com/20...ed-y-seam.html
Well, this is over the top. What a cool effect it has. I have never seen this done. Thanks for finding this example. Now I have to add this to my toodo list, lol.

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