French Braid Quilt Pattern

karrieylMay 18, 2009

Hi all! I am very new here.. I am searching for a pattern for the French Braid quilt. I dont need the whole pattern as far as how many of this to make that.. I just need to know how to start it... pretty simple instructions.. I am relatively new quilter... so basic & EASY with lots of photos!!!!! Please!!!

Thanks to all

Karriey

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msmeow

Here is a free pattern from Quilter's Cache

Donna

Here is a link that might be useful: Braid quilt

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 2:33PM
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karrieyl

Thank you SOOO Much.. that is what I have been looking for.. .. Thank you!!!!

I needed the photo thing.. I could read the directions until I was blue in the face.. Im a visual learner I guess.

Thank you once again!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 2:47PM
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sunnycentralFL

Here is a link to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville...beware, you could spent hours and gather a great deal of info...link below is the actual braid info.

http://quiltville.com/

Let us know how you are getting along...

Hope this helps!
Gwen

Here is a link that might be useful: Quiltville

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 9:05AM
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tom8olvr

Love the Braid!!! On my list of to do's...

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 12:57PM
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calliope

I've done it, and loved the finish product, and it looks easy and actually is......but beware. LOL. This is the pattern I mentioned months ago I started and just got so TIRED of doing the same thing over and over, that I finished without making the matching pillow and settled for one. It can get tedious. Or, maybe I was just not in a sewing mood at the time.

I remember telling myself, If I were to do another one, I'd start the braid off of a triangle instead of a strip to save a little sewing time and keep it square more easily. The bottom gets cut off anyway unless you want a chevron finish to it.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 6:12PM
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vicky4x4

I use braids as borders. I like them. I've never made a whole quilt out of them.

Vicky

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 9:32PM
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rosajoe_gw

I have only used them as a border too.
Calliope I felt like there is too much waste and I end up with a lot of scraps.
The braid is cut 3 times as long as wide, what size triangle would you use?????????????????????????????
I like your thinking lol!
Rosa

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 1:30PM
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calliope

If the angles are true, and despite the length/width of the strips, the angles should remain constant, it really doesn't make a difference. The larger the triangle, the more the waste but the easier it is to work with. You'll be cutting off all of it but the depth of the width of one strip. What I had difficulty with was keeping the assembled strips 'straight' or square. It was almost like working with an huge bias strip and I remember stopping frequently to block the piece because if it's the slightest bit off, the error just magnifies itself the longer the strip becomes. I found using a triangular piece instead of starting right out with strips made it easier to get started.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 3:07PM
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rosajoe_gw

Thank you!!! I am going to try your method. I used it as a border for a lap size but I did have the same problem and it was heavily starched.
Rosa

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 3:51PM
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karpet

I did one a little over a year ago - I used squares in the centers. Just kind of made it up based on pictures of french braid quilts. I was surprised at how much fabric it took, but some of my strips were narrow.
Karlene

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 9:46PM
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kathi_mdgd

Karpet,that's a very pretty quilt,and just my colors!!LOLFor making it up as you did, you a great job,
TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 3:49PM
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easystitches

Great quilt Karlene.
The braid with the center square is very popular here as a
quilt as you go table runner. A couple of my friends have done gorgeous fall & Christmas ones. I really want to do one too. Jill

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 9:57PM
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lindykay

Hi,

I'm new to quilting and to this site. If anyone knows where I can obtain a free download of the French Braid Quilt Pattern (the one with the little squares) I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Lindykay

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 9:31AM
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solstice98

Lindykay, just look at the posts above this one. The links that you need are there. Both sites listed have great instructions.

Kate

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 1:37PM
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rebeccapharr_yahoo_com

I found a french braid patter but it doesn't show the small square in the middle. How do I do that?

    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 9:55PM
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K8Orlando

Just sew a square onto the end of alternate strips (for example, all the right side strips) before you add that strip to the braid.

Is that what you wanted to know?

Kate

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 11:18AM
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imrainey

Megan Johnson at Will Work for Fabrics has been working on matched braided quilts. Here's a pic of what she's posted so far.

Meg's Texas Braid

I just love the results she got with strong light and dark contrast and the red corner stones for consistency.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 11:43AM
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wanda_va

I am currently making a French Braid quilt, using the table topper pattern. I just continued adding strips until it was the length I wanted...and I used 4 rows for the desired width (with borders in-between).

Here is a link that might be useful: French Braid table topper

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 12:55PM
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toolgranny

I make them without the square in the middle. Like Wanda, it went to the length that worked for my table.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:59PM
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imrainey

Love how you used the fabrics for an ombre effect. And the black is smashing. Is it a tiny print or a batik? The slight variance with the strong black is perfect for the gradations of your colors.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 3:19PM
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K8Orlando

I love French Braid too although I've only made one. This is a little wall hanging I did last year, or maybe it was the year before.
Kate

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 4:02PM
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msmeow

I used the basic table runner pattern for this quilt, too...just added on till it was as big as I wanted.

Donna

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 4:45PM
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toolgranny

I think Kate's black and yellow was what made me make one. I love that. I also love Donna's colors.

Mine has a dark green batik in the middle, Xmas colors. Red and gold. It's such an easy pattern I should make more. Sharon/Geezerfolks still has the record I think. I'm just a beginner.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 11:15PM
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K8Orlando

Now that I've been reminded how much I like it, I'm thinking I should make another one too! I've recently ordered a couple Bali Pops on sale and am planning to do a log cabin quilt for the guest room. A French Braid wall hanging in the same fabrics would be a nice addition to the project.

I have to admit though that Donna's beautiful quilt has me waivering between log cabin and braid. Great job, Donna!

Toolgranny - I love the colors and fabrics you used!

Kate

    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 10:24AM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Quiltville calls it a Pioneer Braid and Quilters Cache just calls it Braid. Technically, IMO, the pattern with the little square isn't a braid, unless it could be determined a variation. When I'd french braid the girls' hair, there wasn't a square at the center nor for a regular braid...and believe me, I've done it thousands of times. Am I being too nit-picky today? Probably. @:)

Enjoy the process!! I burned out a few years ago with tablerunners and I'm still recovering....but it was fun!

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 1:58PM
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K8Orlando

I just saw this beautiful french braid quilt on a blog and thought it should be added here. Wonderful selection of blue fabrics!

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue Ice - French Braid Quilt

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 2:52PM
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teresa_nc7

Here is a prize winning French Braid quilt from out Oct. 2010 quilt show. It also won the Viewer's Choice.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 3:41PM
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msmeow

Teresa, that one is beautiful! I love the way the colors in the border are opposite of the center.

Donna

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 5:24PM
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K8Orlando

WOW!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 7:47PM
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teresa_nc7

Can you believe it? The quilter delivered that French Braid prize winning quilt the day after our show finished to a young couple as their wedding gift! I would hate to give up a prize winning quilt I had made.

Teresa

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 9:48PM
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K8Orlando

Yes, it would be hard to give it up!

Here's an image of the Blue Ice quilt that I linked to above:

And here's a quad of braid table runners from the Jinny Beyer site. The colors are so lush!
I really like the use of a border fabric to make the center medallion but I think I would use the little cornerstone squares too.

Kate

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 8:41AM
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barbara_l

Everyone of the samples shown are just fantastic. Thanks everyone for sharing your works of art!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 4:14PM
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salijo

Everyone's quilts are just lovely. I really love the colors in the Jinny Beyer tablerunners and I think if they were sewn together along with other similar strips, they would make a beautiful quilt.

Salijo

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 5:33PM
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