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Thread: My "French Braid" Quilt

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    This is my new DIL's wedding quilt. She said she liked peach, aqua/turquoise, and purples. I added a deep blue as well. Sorry it's not closer so you can see the fabrics better, but you can get the idea. I used a lot of batiks and the border and inner strips were the Hoffman batik that was showcased in last Spring's Shop Hop in our area. It was machine quilted with an all-over design. The pattern was taken from the book French Braid Quilts by Jane Hardy Miller. I'll definitely be making one of these for myself. :)

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    How pretty! I love all the colors. I am sure she loves it too. Barb C

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    That is absolutely gorgeous! I am sure she loved it! Those colors are beautiful together.

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    I absolutely adore your quilt - and those beautiful colours....... very well done.... it is so different and marvellous.....

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    Just beautiful. And unique - I don't think I've seen a pattern like that before. I'll have to check out that book. Thanks for sharing.

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    That quilt is gorgeous!! Love the colors & fabric choices. One other thing I love is that clock on the mantle!!!!

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    wow! the amazing use of colors really makes it "pop" out!
    THat is a wonderful job!

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    Thank you all for your kind comments. Much appreciated. :)

    It really is a fun pattern to work with. The biggest challenge is fabric selection, but it really was a lot of fun choosing. You have to go from a light value to a dark value AND from color to color at the same time, and it's sometimes difficult to find that perfect transitional fabric to make that change, but who doesn't like a fabric challenge? :wink: If I'd been in a quilt store I wouldn't have had so much trouble, but I took all of it from my stash. I had a full week of fun going through just about everything I own. LOL Next time, I'll do it from a wider selection, aaaannnd, I won't have the mess to clean up after I'm done selecting. Fabric was EVERYwhere :P

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    i love the colors and the design good job if she dont like it send it my way haha i am sure she will love it

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    Wow--Stunning! What a special gift!

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    oooh LOVELY! That is on my list of quilts to make, but I am going to do one similar to the one on the cover of the book. It's for a friend who wants colors to look like water, forested mountains, and sky.

    Yours is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    oooh LOVELY! That is on my list of quilts to make, but I am going to do one similar to the one on the cover of the book. It's for a friend who wants colors to look like water, forested mountains, and sky.

    Yours is great.
    That is a pretty one. I love the stained glass one too. That may be the one I make for myself. I think there must be endless ways of putting this type of quilt together. That's part of the appeal for me. It's more of a technique than just a pattern.

    Thanks again for all the positive comments. You all know how to make someone feel good about their passion. :D

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    That is one beautiful quilt. I can only guess how many different fabrics went in to making it. The design is extraordinary and unlike any I've seen. Congratulations!

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    Lin, that is a gorgeous quilt. I have had the book for quite sometime and the material but haven't made it yet. Her instructions were hard for me to understand. One of the gals on the forum helped me understand them better, so I better get busy. Good job!!! :lol:

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    Wow! That is gorgeous, you did a great job. The colors are amazing and so cheerful.

    The author of the book is a friend of mine. She is hosting a 3 night/4 day quilt retreat in our area and I will be an assistant there helping her out. She is an amazing person and very talented. If you any of you are in South Texas, you should try and make it to the retreat. I believe we only have 2 or 3 vacancies left though!

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    Oh I wish I was closer I would do it. Calif. is tooooo far away!!

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    Lin that is beautiful. what a wonderful quilt! I love the colors too. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    That is one beautiful quilt. I can only guess how many different fabrics went in to making it. The design is extraordinary and unlike any I've seen. Congratulations!
    Thanks Joan. :) I think there were 15 fabrics in this quilt.

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    Her instructions were hard for me to understand.
    I found the instructions to be a little daunting at first too. I just read and re-read until I thought it made sense, then went for it. LOL She does warn that it's a bit challenging to put the braids together because there isn't any way you can alter the length, and no matter HOW careful you are with your 1/4" seam, when you're sewing 200+ strips together, the braids don't wind up exactly the same length, so you have to fudge a bit to make them fit nicely in a row. I encourage you to try it! I think you'll do just fine. :) I can't wait to see yours when you get it done!

    Quote Originally Posted by imaquilter
    The author of the book is a friend of mine. She is hosting a 3 night/4 day quilt retreat in our area and I will be an assistant there helping her out.
    You're so lucky!! Have fun at that retreat. :) She is indeed a talented woman!

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    Thank you very much Sandra. :) :)

    You've all been so sweet with your comments. I truly do appreciate the nice feed-back.

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    That is one very pretty quilt. Like the others I don't think that I have seen that pattern done before. I might have to do some searching and see if I can find that book. You did a wonderful job.

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    That's an exquisite quilt! ! Your eye for colors is WELL DEVELOPED. It is just a gorgeous quilt. Congratulations! ! Thanks for sharing. You've set the bar higher. Virginia

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    That is the prettiest quilt I have seen yet. I have not been quilting long at all and I occassionly look to these photos for inspiration. Your quilt surely has inspired me to try something a little harder! I am partial to purple and a quilt like your would look great in my household!

    Good work! :D

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Guess I will be looking for that book, if yours is an example. Your colors and the pattern really blew me away - love it!

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    Moonpi check the internet. Nancy :D

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