Monday, July 25, 2011

Let's Learn to Braid


Hello again - Sharon of VroomansQuilts here again. Thank you Madame Samm for a return visit. NO we aren't going to learn to braid each other's hair - I'm talking about BRAID QUILTS.








This type of Braid is known as the Friendship Braid, Prairie Braid, or Pioneer Braid. I know - it gets confusing sometimes when the same quilt block has several names. Here is a good source for this block construction. A great scrap buster pattern.




My friend Sue found over here graciously let me use her Baby Boy Braid for an example of a French Braid block. She has made two quilts with this method and goes into great detail on working with this block. By using cornerstones, the Braid has a whole new look. Don't you just love this!!




The hardest part of a Braid quilt is keeping your strips aligned. So I am going to present a tutorial on how to make a 'Faux' Braid quilt. By using the basic layout of the half log cabin block, changing the color plan produces a Braid. Much easier to keep a block square - yes only one block!




I'm using a Lily & Will jelly roll. Remember, not all jelly rolls are created equal - you are looking for a predominate mix of dark/medium colors. You could use yardage or scraps for a stash buster. I'm making a 30 block quilt set 5 x 6. This jelly roll gave me 10 strips of three of each color line so I had my 30 strips of dark/medium. I used three (3 strips each)from Lily & Will and left over JR strips and scraps for my lights - for 16 light strips.




Cutting for dark/medium strips: trim salvage - 2.5" - 4.5' - 6.5" - 8.5" - 10.5" - left over (used for border). When you cut the lights - omit the 10.5" cut. **You can get more cuts from your lights. I layed out my cuts (forgot to photo) and then just went down the line taking one of each piece and set into stacks - no need for switching stacks around.




I set all my little stacks onto a spare cutting board. They are arranged in the order they are set into the block construction and I put a little number on each pile to help keep things in order. You will need two (2) bobbins, pins, scissors. You should take the time to clean your machine - get those lint bunnies out of the bobbin case! And good needle. Cleared work area. (and people who know me are probably laughing at this one)




We are ready to sew by the numbers. If you are new or like control - work one block at a time. You speed sewers who like to chain piece can work all sections at once (just be sure to keep your stack order). TIP - when you press your sewn #1 to #2, press toward the light (2) - this will help when matching seams during block assembly. All other strips will be pressed OUT. Your 1,2,3 piece is now a 4.5" square - you should square up all your blocks to maintain evenness of your blocks for a cleaner finish.




By the numbers again - add strip 4 and 5. You should have a 6.5" square. Don't skip those 'squaring up' steps, they really help to maintian your blocks and final quilt. ALSO - clip your threads as you go - cleaner presentation and eliminate 'catches' when you quilt your top.




Home stretch - We are adding 8 and 9 for a 10.5" unfinished block. Double check those pressed seams, square them up, clip those threads. You have completed your block - that's it. Now do up the rest of the stacks for your total. By putting your work on a board - if you can only grab 15 minutes or get an interuption in your sewing afternoon, you can easily move your work out of the way - and remember where you left off.




I found it easier to lay out just two rows. Placement is marked with the last strip sewn - #9. If you need to help yourself out - number those. It doesn't matter whether you start with a #9 up or down - just be consistant. I started with #9 UP, next block down, up, down, up - 5 blocks across. The next row you place your #9 strip down, up, down, up, down. I sewed the row of blocks together and then the rows together. By working just two at a time you don't get confused - well hope not. Repeat two more times.




This is just to show how being sure you pressed your seams the correct direction and nice and flat - you get easy match ups when putting your seams together. You can see how nice and flat the back of this quilt is, too. This really helps when you go to sandwich up and quilt.




I don't have a design wall. I have another quilt tacked to my mantle and then I pinned my 'twosies' sections to it. I used a RED butterfly pin in the top left corner of each section to help with keeping straight in which way was up and where to start. I didn't switch any thing around - this jelly roll just worked up so perfectly blending colors and lines. But you could play a little.




When I put my sections together (OH - yes also with the block rows too)I really took the time to press FROM THE BACK to make sure those seams were all flat!! Can't stress that enough. Also, a good time to re-check all those clipped threads and all pins removed. When the entire quilt top is done, then I do a light press on the FRONT.




Adding borders and what type of borders are really an option. I used a 2.5" light border and then used my left over strips to make a scrappy border. I have a chocolate brown/white bias stripe binding waiting for this. Finished at 58" x 68". If you want a larger quilt - wider borders, more blocks, or even use 3.5" strips (remember your cutting length will be different).




Here is another one I did using a variety of JR strips with Oasis. It gave the light section a blending that reminds me of the 'watercolor' technique.



I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and would like to try a Braid quilt. For a little encouragement, I am giving away a Lily & Will jelly roll in the yellow/brown. And I hope you make your Braid quilt your own.
Leave a comment here and come on over to my blog and be a follower...come and visit me too..
I will announce winner tomorrow.!




Now I'm not a baker, so if you make up one of these braids, make sure you give me a call! Thank you again Madam Samm for having me here and hope anyone who takes the Braid challenge shares with us.



Congrats winner  #24
You will be contacted very soon...
To all those who entered..thank you very much for your lovely comments. 


88 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great faux braid quilt tutorial!

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  2. No fair posting that bread with us hungry girls out there!

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  3. wonderful tutorial! a braid quilt is definitely on my "quilty-to-do" list!! i am also now a follower of your blog - altho i had to sign out and sign back in to do so? funny weird huh?
    Cindy in Mississippi

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  4. That's a different take on the Braid quilt! thanks for sharing. Love the 'Lily and Will' fabric line.

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  5. Sharon what a beautiful quilt and wonderful tutorial! I've always loved the look of the braid quilt but never would have thought to use the log cabin method to get there ... thank you so much for sharing!!

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  6. Great post Sharon. I've never done a braid quilt. One day maybe!

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  7. great post. I do so love Braid Quilts. Inspirational.
    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  8. I have added the braided quilt to my list! And thanks for the jelly roll give-away!
    suecshamekh@gmail.com

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  9. Lovely, lovely braids!!! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm off now to visit your blog.....

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  10. I have never tried a braid quilt yet but you make me want to do one. Thanks for the tutorial, you make it seem easy to do.

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  11. Great post and tutorial :0) So easy to follow!

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  12. I love easy ideas, thank you! I have never done a Braid quilt before.

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win

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  14. Great tutorial - I have now added this quilt to my list of quilts to make. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  15. Neat quilt idea! And that bread looks awesome. :) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  16. I've only ever used a braid as a border but would love to make a full sized braided quilt.Great tutorial. I'm now a follower of your blog.

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway Sharon. I looked at this tutorial and thought, all that piecing and accuracy....you make it look so easy and I know it isn't. Linda

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial! I'd love to make a braid quilt

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  19. What a great tut! I love this, and the different ones you showed are just as great :) Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Thank you for the tutorial and for numbering it out. I'm a fairly new quilter and this helps so much. I'm definitely going to try this one as it's similar to the log cabin which is one of my favorites. I'm also a follower now to your blog. Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  21. Good Morning Sharon...Now this is something that appeals to me...Love braids and would you believe this is the very first one I have ever seen...ever...? As I am a relatively new quilter myself, I am pretty awed how simple this is for quite a delightful result.. I really like the one you made with the blues and browns..and Sue's baby one...really cute..great tut for sure..great start to our week..Thank you..

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  22. Nice tutorial, Sharon! I've been interested in trying one of these - maybe I should use that Fresh Cottons jelly roll I've had laying around for so long!

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  23. I like these braid quilts very much. Thanks for sharing. I will have to give this a try.

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  24. Wow, what a great quilt and you make it so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a great block Sharon! Thanks so much for the tutorial. This is one I have not done...yet. Although I HAVE made the bread kind ;) LOVE your friend Sues! That is adorable.

    Would love some more Lil and Wil, thanks for a chance at winning some.

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  26. I am in love with this quilt! So beautiful with the Lily and Will fabric. I soo want to try to make a braid quilt now! It is added to the top of my wish list of quilts to make. Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  27. Thanks for the braid lesson. I love the quilt. I will need to try this.

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  28. Great tut, I love the braid!!

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  29. Love your tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Lily & Will fabric.

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  30. These are great! Thanks for the information. :)

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  31. Ooooh, yummy braid quilts! Great job, Sharon, this tutorial is wonderful. I love the Lily & Will jelly roll, too. Thanks so much! ~Kd
    www.KdQuilts.com

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  32. I've never made a braid before, but you certainly make it look do-able. Thanks for the tutorial ;)

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  33. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on a different way to make a braid quilt. Love new ideas for using those jelly rolls.

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  34. Excellent tuition, can't wait to give this a go

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  35. Wonderful tutorial, Sharon - I am putting this on my (unfortunately) very long list. Wonderful opportunity for this great giveaway. Judy C in NC

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  36. Excellent tutorial! I love that this design is both scrappy and symmetrically aligned.

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  37. Thanks for the great tutorial ~ the braid quilt always looked so difficult and intimidating. I can now see this is a quilt even I could make! Love that Lily & Will jelly roll!

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  38. Sharon, this is wonderful! The braid quilts have always inspired but intimidated me! Love how this works out; thanks for sharing with us! Thanks for the chance to win some Lily and Will, too!
    Jacque in SC
    Quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Great quilt and fantastic tutorial. I really must try this quilt design. Great way to use a jelly roll.

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  40. Great looking quilt...it would definitly look good in those yellows and browns too! The lighter Oaisis one is really pretty...Nice work!

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  41. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial, Sharon!!

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  42. Great tutorial. I have seen braid borders on quilts before, not whole quilts made of them. I always liked the looks of the braids.

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  43. Great tutorial Sharon, never thought of doing it as half square log cabins before, that braided bread sure looks yummy! Thanks Madame Samm for another great tutorial.

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  44. Great tutorial! and giveaway! I love the yellow and brown!

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  45. What a great tutorial!! I am definitely planning a braid quilt!! Thanks so much!

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  46. Thanks for the great tutorial! I don't make challah - but I make Swedish Cardamom Braid - I've often thought about making a blue and yellow braid quilt for that reason! lol Someday!

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  47. Thanks for a sharing a great tutorial! A french braid quilt is on my list of quilts to make!

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  48. Cool braided quilts! So much fun and would be even easy for a beginner! Love it! Thanks for sharing Sharon!

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  49. Great tutorial I have never made a braid quilt. Fan4may at aol dot com

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  50. I've never made ANY kind of quilt, but I have sewn, and I'm certainly learning a lot here and on other blogs. This winter I just may tackle it though, and this tutorial is a good one to start with!

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  51. I love it! It is a beautiful quilt. I love the visual effect it has. So unique to me. Thank you for the tutorial. I am learning to quilt and want as many patterns and techniques as I can get. Thanks again!

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  52. Thanks for sharing and giving away! I just bought the French Braid book last week! I'm eager to try it.

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  53. Sharon your tutorials are always so clear and easy to understand. Thanks! blessings, marlene

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  54. You do such great tutorials! Thanks for that! It looks like a fun idea and the quilt is beautiful.

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  55. Hej! Just tittat in på Din blogg,and sen gretings from Sweden
    MARIANNE

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  56. I really love the bright colors in the boy braid quilt.

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  57. I love Jelly Rolls!!! I'm a new follower over at your blog. Already a follower here! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!! Happy Monday!

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  58. Thanks for the braid tutorial. It looks like something a beginner such as myself could do. Thanks also for the chance at your giveaway.

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  59. Sharon, thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! I follow Madame Samm and you.

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  60. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway....I love the Oasis quilt you made....

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  61. the braided quilt is one of my favorites although I've never looked up how to make one yet. This is great though. Thank you.

    I visited your site and became a follower as well.

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  62. Great toot! Love the braid! I'm a follower and love your site!

    MGM

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  63. Love this pattern. I made a table topper in the braid pattern and know what you mean about keeping those blocks straight!! I'm already a follower of your lovely blog. Did I read one of your comments to say you don't have AC???Oh how do you stand it?? I guess you get used to it.
    Blessings
    Jane

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  64. Great tute, Sharon. This would be a great retreat project.

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  65. Great post Sharon. This is definitely on my "some day" list.

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  66. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway.I love the quilt you made.

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  67. Hi Sharon! I'm so happy to see you guest post here at Stash Manicure again! Great tutorial! Both quilts are beautiful, especially the one using Oasis strips. I must try this block :D

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  68. Sharon, thanks for the clear directions and photos in your tutorial. And, I can always benefit from an extra reminder to square up as I stitch and to press really well...and to clip my threads. You're a good teacher!
    The jelly roll looks lovely in those colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  69. Thanks for the tutorial you did a great job, love the braid quilt will have to try it when i get a little better at quilting, would love to win the fabric so off now to your site to become a follower, Thanks.

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  70. Thanks for the great tutorial and the giveaway. I really like the Lily and Will fabric line.

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  71. Great Tutorial, I am definitely saving this one to try. Love the jelly roll colors too. Thanks for the chance at the give away. Looking forward to following your blog too!

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  72. I love the look of braid quilts, but haven't tried one for myself yet. Thanks for more inspiration on these quilts!

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  73. love the new take on the braid...I have made one with log cabins in between but I do like the way you have done it.
    On my way now to check out your block..love the colours on that jelly roll!

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  74. Great tut! & thanks for the chance!

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  75. I first used the 'braid' in a Round Robin from my guild a few years ago. It was so easy and fun. It really was great. I used it as a border. Thanks for the tutorial. I hadn't thought of doing it that way. It's fun to learn new ways to do things.

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  76. Thanks for the great tutorial Sharon. I'll have to put this on my "to do" list.

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  77. Great tute Sharon! Somedayyyy I'll give it a try or at least start it....grin.

    Billie

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  78. Cool. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  79. Oh Sharon, This is a great tutorial!! Thank you for all the hard work!

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  80. Sharon, that is a great tutorial. Easy to follow. I like quilts with lots of colours. Easy to use up my ever growing stash. I have never tried a braid quilt. I did spend years braiding my hair, but that doesn't count! Thanks for a wonderful post.

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  81. I will have to add the braid quilt to my list of "want to make". Thanks for the great tutorial and for the giveaway.

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  82. love lily and will - thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  83. I've made one braid quilt and loved it. The bias edges were a little tricky, though. Next time I think I'll starch my fabrics. I do follow your blog too.

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  84. I would like to give the braid quilt a try. Thanks.

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  85. I've never made a braid quilt, now you've inspired me. Great tutorial, you made it look soooo easy. I'm a follower on your blog for a few weeks now, LOVE IT!!! This is my second comment to you today, the first on Stash Manicure. The yellow and brown, Lil and Will is so nice I've never seen that color combo before. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway, Toni Anne >

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  86. Thanks for the tutorial..
    I would like try the braid quilt.
    Thanks..

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