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    I love your idea and I've been wanting to do a full quilt so if I have time I will join you all.
    May I make a suggestion for those of you trying to figure out the value of your fabric? It is very hard to know for sure the color values from your pictures because every computer shows colors differently. But if you take a small piece of each fabric (say a 2" square) and lay them on a scanner (all together) then print a gray scale copy of them, you should be able to see the difference in the values and place them from lightest to darkest. This was taught to me by a person who makes quilt portraits.

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    On more thing I forgot to ask, is there a certain time during the day or how does this work. I have never done this sort of thing before.

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    Oh this sounds like even more fun than the last one! (Which I got carried away on doing as a scrappy - every block different except for the sashing strips - and ended up with a lap quilt).
    I've done a braid before but that one I used a series of contrasting colors which gave a completely different look. May do this in some of the same fabrics as I used on my green around the world that shades from dark to light and back. It is 19 different fabrics! Some of them "shouldn't have worked" but did.

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    Correction, the Around the World had 10 different fabrics but 19 rounds. Anyway I'm going with some of the same ones and changing out a few as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasaw2mch View Post
    On more thing I forgot to ask, is there a certain time during the day or how does this work. I have never done this sort of thing before.
    Well generally I am just here in/out about every couple hours over the weekend, to answer questions and provide encouragement. I pick the projects so that most people can finish them in a weekend (tis great to start/finish) we all post photos of our progress based on your desires. I strongly encourage it, it is fun to see how everyone's projects come together. And if you cant make it over the weekend but still want the pattern, just send me a PM with your email. I am not finicky about that. Just want to enjoy making something together

    I am also in chat most of the weekend too, to answer immediate questions or visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Thank you. I agree with removing 9. I've had 1 & 2 switched many times. In the picture they do look a different hue, but not in person. I tried switching 11 & 12. And tried putting @5 later in the run. You're right, it's hard to tell in a picture. The daylight is gone, so these are with flash. The first picture, I think, is what you suggested. his next picture is how I see them. I think it needs#6&8 removed and another added on each side of #9. I'll keep looking in my stash. Thank you for your help. And maybe another between #3 and 4.
    You are right, I like the 2nd option best. I would recommend setting it out on a table you walk by often and just glance at it walking by in different lights and times of the day. That is what I do with my big braids. I think the colors look fine and work just fine together.

    And Seasaw2mch had a great idea with the grey scale, you might if you have the right software do a grey scale on the image you have. Or if your camera can do a greyscale or b/w photo (mine does) then try taking it in b/w.

    All else fails, squint and look at it sideways......sometimes that works for me

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    Just found the thread, I'm in again. But can't be here until Saturday. Thursday is our 32 anniversary but we are going out on Friday for Dinner and a movie. Loved doing the last one, and DDs puppy loves his mat.

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    Dedemac: Congrads on your 32nd. Glad your here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolynMT View Post
    Well generally I am just here in/out about every couple hours over the weekend, to answer questions and provide encouragement. I pick the projects so that most people can finish them in a weekend (tis great to start/finish) we all post photos of our progress based on your desires. I strongly encourage it, it is fun to see how everyone's projects come together. And if you cant make it over the weekend but still want the pattern, just send me a PM with your email. I am not finicky about that. Just want to enjoy making something together

    I am also in chat most of the weekend too, to answer immediate questions or visit.
    Great, this will help me clean out some scraps as well. SO off I go to cut some strips! See you all later!

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    Our neighborhood sit & sew is tomorrow evening so think I'll pull out those ombre fabrics and find an accent fabric and do my cutting then. I hope this idea works.....sounds ok in my head LOL
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    Carolyn: I am kind of going out on a limb. The monochromatic use of color is what we are aiming for but I made the interesting discovery that there are very few blenders in my stash. So....I have a preprinted panel that would work for the center block, the colors are what I would term water colors purpley blue, jade green, grey and a muted gold. My question is do you think these colors could be made to work in your pattern? If so what should be considered when choosing the values? Any help would be very appreciated. Please be frank, my color sense is not always what it should be. I really want to learn from this experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Carolyn: I am kind of going out on a limb. The monochromatic use of color is what we are aiming for but I made the interesting discovery that there are very few blenders in my stash. So....I have a preprinted panel that would work for the center block, the colors are what I would term water colors purpley blue, jade green, grey and a muted gold. My question is do you think these colors could be made to work in your pattern? If so what should be considered when choosing the values? Any help would be very appreciated. Please be frank, my color sense is not always what it should be. I really want to learn from this experience.
    I have done french braids through different colors, if you search on here, I have 2 queen sized ones. One done in the reds to black with black accents, and the other is done in fall colors, from green to yellow to orange to red, with brown as an accent color (search "Celtic Knot French Braid", I titled them the same) so it is possible to get that "glow" effect by going through different colors. I would say start with the lightest color, or the one in the center panel that is the lightest, audition the other colors next to it, going from light to dark in tone (start with tone then move to value)
    Get a good attempt, then take a picture. Set this run up in a frequently passed by table, that gets all different lights, and look at it as you walk by and go about your business. Post the picture here am sure we can help ya. And feel free to switch colors.

    In the end, this is your table runner, it should be what makes you happy. As I am fond of saying "Never let the instructions get in the way of your creativity"

    I am horribly OCD when it comes to colors, I still match socks to shirt and shoes. Scrappy quilts actually cause me pain. Not sure why, I just accept that is what I am So the color gradation type quilts "please" my eye. That is why I like doing them this way. But I know everyone is not like me. I have done a square table topper with this pattern (with modifications) and didnt do color gradation.....mom wanted specific colors in specific orders, just glad it is on her table and not mine...lol it turned out ok.......looked more like a broken up square...but eh, that is what was requested.

    And limbs are loads of fun especially when you have US HERE as your safety net. To quote someone famous "No risk = no rewards" go for it......
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    Got my strips cut and my center stitched. Here's a picture of my run laid out.
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    The colors did not show up very well on some of that. The center leaf design does not fade to white but a very yellowy green. The squiggly one is a medium light mossy green on dark cream. The next one is almost the same color leaves on a light celery background. The rest show pretty true to color on my screen.

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    Here is what I was thinking for my table runnerName:  table runner.jpg
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Size:  55.3 KBCynthia, thank you for your encouragement. At least on my computer these colors are close to what they are in real life. Opions please?

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    Hope this works

    Here's the 2 ombre fabrics I'm thinking of using for this project. I would like to use both colors with the same accent fabric. Then maybe do a pinwheel with the 2 colors (somehow) for the center.

    The plan is to cut along each color shade from darkest to lightest.

    If you don't think the 2 fabrics go together, I'll just plan to make 2 separate runners.

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    Vicki, I think that will be such a great combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Vicki, I think that will be such a great combination.
    Thanks. It works in my head so we'll see LOL I'll be cutting into these this evening so I'll know more tomorrow how I'm going to like this combo. This pic doesn't do the colors justice either. They're much richer (more like jewel tones).

    And I love your fabrics. Which one is going to be the accent? That first color (looks like golden)? That would work up nice with your other fabrics. I'm assuming the print is the center square.
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    I haven't done a virtual quilting weekend before. But I do want to make a french braid quilt and this would be a good test on a small project that I may actually be able to finish. Looks like Mom-6 is well on her way. I am going to look in my stash and see what I can come up with. I am assuming that we need our center square to be ready by Friday so that will be my biggest thing.

    Oh, supposed to be doing taxes this weekend.....don't tell anyone...
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    Vicki: Re the accent color haven't decided yet. Thought I would wait for feedback from others before I made a decision. The scheme is so far off of the original graded tonal that I don't know if it will work. Cynthia pointed out two of her beautiful braids and one has some strikingly contrasting colors, which gives me some hope for mine to work. Yes the printed panel would be the center of the runner and was the real inspiration for my choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Here is what I was thinking for my table runner Cynthia, thank you for your encouragement. At least on my computer these colors are close to what they are in real life. Opions please?
    Ok, If it were me, I would start the braid with the gold (from the center out is how I "start") so the center panel square, then the gold, then the green/heart, then the blue/gold, then blue/white, then I might even go backwards and end with the gold. that will give you 8 strips per side which makes a decent sized runner. I would use the green solid/tonal as the accent color and binding. It would tie it all together without worrying about the jump in color.

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    Ok ladies, I will have to apologize about not getting the instructions out fast enough today. Had to work late this week due to more stupid snow and then a guild meeting tonight. As soon as I finish my dinner, I will get the instructions written up and posted here/emailed out.

    Mom-6 ......be sure when you iron the seam on the accent/strip that you iron it towards the longer part (the strip) this will really help when doing the braiding, the seams will nest.

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    Thanks. Looking forward to it.

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    Thanks for the tip! Will not get to do any sewing until Monday as I will be at Sherwood Forest Faire all weekend.

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    Carolyn: Your great! Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement. I just want to cary this to the logical end. I am just curious how it will turn out. What I am thinking now is even if it doesn't work I will still learn something.

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