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    braid quilt tutorial

    As promised I took a few photos to show how I put the braid pattern together. This is just a general how to. You can make your square and strips any size you want. Make it as big or little as you want to. The idea is to use up quantities of scraps.

    center square: 2.5"
    strips: 2.5 x 7.5

    1.lay out your squares and strips
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    2.flip square onto the strips that will be the left side of braid
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    3.stack them up and string piece them
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    4.snip them apart and press to the dark side
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    5.place them back down on your layout. start stacking from the right side and alternate right and left sides
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    6.right- left- right- left- right- left to the end of the braid
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    7.this looks weird but follow and you will see. lay out the top two pieces in the stack and flip the plain strip over the strip unit ( strip with square attached). It will cover the square. sew where shown.
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    8.press to dark
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    9.the third strip lays on the long edge next to the one you just sewed
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    10.Sew and press to the added strip
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    Continued in part 2.
    Last edited by ube quilting; 03-28-2017 at 04:04 AM.
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    Braid quilt tutorial part 2

    Here comes part 2. Hope we are all good so far.

    11. sew each strip alternating sides
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    12.here is where you decide how wide you want your braid. It is your choice. Measure equal distance from center of braid to each side. I cut mine at 4.5" from center on each side.
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    13. You don't have to mark the line before you cut. This picture is to show the distance from center. just be sure you line your long ruler at the measurement you want before you cut.
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    14. cut the braid to your width first then add the corners at the top of braid. The picture shows the braid not cut yet, oops. Use any oversize scrap that fits the corner and trim it square after you sew it on. I wasn't fussy here. I used any scrap I had that was big enough to cover the corner. The leftover bits are going into my clam shell log cabin quilt so I am not worried about waste. The corner pieces I used were at least 7.5" square
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    15. second corner
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    16.Add and trim square
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    17. Trim the bottom by laying the edge of the braid on the cutting mat being sure it is straight on a line and trim the tails off to square it up. Be sure to have that .25" seam from the point.
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    18. trimmed bottom edge
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    19. finished braid
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    20. I did a light starch at this point. Let it soak in to the fibers and press in the direction of your seams. This will flatten the seams and keep them even. The braid will crawl a bit and maybe stretch too so be gentle as you press and give it a second starching and pressing if you want it to be more stable. Ignore the sashing strip you might see sewn to the edge in this picture. That comes later.
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    On to part 3. We are almost done.
    Last edited by ube quilting; 03-28-2017 at 04:41 AM.
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    brad quilt tutorial part 3.

    Here we go straight to the end.

    21. Starch your sashing material before you cut it to the width you want, as wide or narrow as you like. I cut mine at 1.25".
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    22. I found having the sashing on the bottom was better when I sewed it on. Being more flimsy the sashing eased onto the braid better being on the bottom so the feed dogs did a good job of controlling it.
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    23. Press to the sashing
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    One braid is done!

    I added the sashing to one side of each braid then sewed two at a time and had panels of two braids that then sewed into panels of four. I only had one heavy seam to sew when I put them all together at the

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    Hope this helped you to design your own braid quilt. If you have any questions I will try to help. Sometimes it is hard to understand and my instructions might not be quite clear enough so just ask.

    Thanks for liking the scrappy braid.
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to do the tutorial for this. I wish I knew how to get a pdf of this project. Wonder how many pages. Guess I will check it out. If I do it in grey tone, I won't use as much colored ink.
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    ​Well done!

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    thanks for taking the time to do this tut
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    Thank you for sharing. I will certainly use these instructions in the future. I am trying to use some stash for scrappy quilts and yours is fabulous. Thanks again.

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    Thank you for such a great tut,,,,

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    Thank You so much for you time to show us.
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    How thoughtful of you! Many thanks

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    Great tutorial! I learn something better when I can see a picture with instructions. I've got a braid quilt that I started years ago. I just need to finish it. Mine doesn't have the block of color down the middle like yours but I think the next one I do will. Your quilt is so colorful. Thank you for taking the time to show us how it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivepaws View Post
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do the tutorial for this. I wish I knew how to get a pdf of this project. Wonder how many pages. Guess I will check it out. If I do it in grey tone, I won't use as much colored ink.
    Copy the url (the address for this page) by highlighting and pressing Control and the letter C together then go to http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/ and in the address box delete the wording there and replace with this url by pressing Control and the letter V. Wait while it converts it (a couple of minutes) then press the download function voila the tutorial. At the print command you can reduce the number of pages e.g. print pages that only have the instructions, not the comments.

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    Wonderful tute. Thank you. Love your quilt.

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    Thank you for taking the time to do this I really like this quilt.

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    This is a well done tut. Thanks for explaining so well.

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    A giant thank you for this excellent tutorial. I am sure we will see braided quilts on this board in the future.it helped me a lot.

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    What a wonderful tutorial - thank you for sharing with us! I love your finished braided pieces - they turned out lovely.

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    Thanks for the tute!!! The braid is on my bucket list and this will be most helpful!!!!

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    Well thought-out tutorial - thank you so much for posting it.

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    It's great, thanks so much for the tutorial, shall definately be using up my scraps for it.

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    Thank you! Thankyou! Awesome tutorial. I am very visual so this is great.
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    Thank you for sharing your quilt is beautiful.

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    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!

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    ube Thank you for the tutorial how to do a braid quilt. Your pictures and directions are so clear. When I cut scraps, I will be sure to do some at 7 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

    earthwalker Thank you for the clear directions for converting the tutorial to a pdf file. You made this easy for me to understand. It worked! I have a friend who knows this stuff, but he can never tell how to do things in a easy, understandable way.

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    Thank you for the tute. Beautiful quilt.
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