Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BRAIDED BLOCKS

A few months ago I decided to try a block I saw on Maureen Cracknell's blog site.  It did not go well. I just could not get the blocks to properly line up.  
 I finally gave up and decided on a different layout.  You can see the results today on my Featured Post.  That quilt is now at the quilters and I can't wait until it comes back home.  However, I just could not get this whole idea of this particular pattern out of my mind and I went on a hunt to solve the problem.  
I cut my strips, organizing my stash really helped me see what was available without buy a single piece of fabric.  
On my search of the internet I realized I had gone about the first try all wrong.  The pattern is a Braided Block.  I now knew my size I needed and actually how to accomplish it.  
And here is my first block complete.  They are so easy.  The strips are nine inches long by 3 inches wide. 
Once I decided on the size, 7.5 by 14, I cut a template for my self and marked the center to line up with the center of the block.  Yes there is lots of wasted fabric.  I probably could cut the strips a bit smaller maybe 8 inches instead.  
And row one is done.  I am not sure yet whether to make 5 or 6 rows.  Right now the width is 63 inches wide.  5 rows makes it 67.5 inches long, so I am thinking about 6 rows at 81 inches long.  It will be somewhat of a matching quilt for the original quilt I made.  Great for cuddling on the sofa or recliner in the winter evenings. 

8 comments:

  1. I seen this and came over because I have a braid baby quilt that I hope to soon find the time to attempt to machine quilt.
    I used Eleanor Burns' Braid in a Day...so much fun, but I have yet to find the time to make another.

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  2. Lovely braid, it reminded me, I have a braid UFO from about seven years ago, forgot about that one!

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  3. Love this so far, especially laying the braids next to each other - looks great!

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  4. Beautiful. I love the look already! I wanted to try this braided look too but haven't yet got to it.

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  6. Wow! That is simply gorgeous! I just may have to give a braided block a try too!

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  7. This is so pretty and I’m happy you persevered and had a great accomplishment.

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