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Thread: Just found out about French Braid quilts

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    Just found out about French Braid quilts

    I was in a little town and picked up a book about French Braids. Well, I'm making one now. I have never heard of them before. They are gorgeous. Are they new? Have they been around a long time? I just love them. I want to make more than one. I bought fabric to make two so far and am working on the first one. Anyone make one yet? Anyone have pictures they'd like to share?
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    Lots of inspiration here on this board. In the picture gallery.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums16941.html
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Here is a free pattern how to make one panel of the French Braid.

    http://www.quiltbug.com/Free/table-topper.htm
    Got fabric?

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    I agree they are pretty. I'm collecting fabric to make one using homespun cotton. I'll give you the link; I never considered homespun until I saw this and now I know it'll be the first french braid that I make.

    http://keepyouinstitches.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html
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    I made some table runners from this design, and quite frankly - I didn't like making them. I could not chain sew them, and I had to stop with every new piece to be sewn on. That chain sewing is addictive. But, the french braids are beautiful.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

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    they are not new-first book came out 5 or 6 years ago-- many of us here on the board have made them- browse the picture section to see many variations- there are 2 more 'newer' french braid books out ---french braid obsession and French braid transformation-
    french braids are one of my all time favorites to make enjoy the process & be sure & show us pictures when you get yours done
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    I've made two french braids. Both turned out pretty. Here's the last one I did for my DDIL. They can be addictive! Have fun! This was before quilting and binding.
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    I love french braid quilts...they are very easy to do! Helpful hint though, starch your fabric! Your braid segments will be bias on the edges, so handle carefully.

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    I saw these too and fell in lve with them..have some quilts to make for grandkids, and trying to decide which ones I can make in this design!~! If not I will be making one for myself for sure!!

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    Pretty purples! I still need to try a french braid...

    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I've made two french braids. Both turned out pretty. Here's the last one I did for my DDIL. They can be addictive! Have fun! This was before quilting and binding.
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    I just started one. I have been collecting the fabrics for 2 years. and had issues with trying to place them in the correct order to blend. So last weekend I just started cutting my strips and sewing them together, and now as I am sewing , I still look at them and wonder if I placed them right. But it is pretty.

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    I've done a couple of full quilts, there are pictures & tutes here on the board that I've posted in recent months. Just go to picture & look for french braid table runners. Same in tutes.

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    I made a French Braid Christmas tree skirt last year. It was much easier than I thought it would be.

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    I love the french braid quilt pattern, it is on the to do list. So many ways to lay it out, for me though, the color shading may be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I've made two french braids. Both turned out pretty. Here's the last one I did for my DDIL. They can be addictive! Have fun! This was before quilting and binding.
    Sooooooooooooooo beautiful! These look so complicated but they're so pretty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    I love the french braid quilt pattern, it is on the to do list. So many ways to lay it out, for me though, the color shading may be a problem.
    The color shading is my problem, too. So, for the first time, ever, i bought a jelly roll to have everything coordinated. Then I bought matching yardage for the sashings and bindings. So far the braids are done..and I really like the way the colors blend.
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    I have made the french braid from Eleanor Burns method. Great pattern to use scraps too.

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    Love all of the pictures of the French Braid quilts. All of the quilts are gorgeous. You are all sooooo talented. Thanks for sharing.

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    Holy Moly--Your purple french braid is beautiful!


    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I've made two french braids. Both turned out pretty. Here's the last one I did for my DDIL. They can be addictive! Have fun! This was before quilting and binding.

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    I made one at Retreat last year and made three extra runners so they will be table runners possbly for gifts. Love making them.

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    I've made a couple of the table runners with the square center and the braid going out to a point at each end. One I did with smooth sides and one with the points at each joining. The smooth one is much quicker and easier! But I really liked the look of the other one. Next time I do one I'm thinking of using prairie points or something similar instead of binding the sides.
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    I need to get busy and make one too. I think they are so pretty.

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    My very pink French Braid

    Attached is a photo of my recent French braid. It is the first one I have ever made and I too have fallen in love with the pattern and its versatility.

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    Such beautiful quilts!!

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    I'm in love with them and have several books and a special ruler to make it piece of cake. What they heck am I waiting for????? I especially like the idea of using them for valances!!! How come I didn't think of that??? LOL
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