I got disgusted with the braids and decided I was done. Instead of one larger quilt I cut the braids I’d made in half and am making 2 smaller donation quilts. I will never use the foundation by the yard muslin for making braids again.

I need to THINK when I pull out a UFO and not just do what was planned. Some of these have been sitting around a while and there may be changes I need to make or a better way to do something – like the braid!

I put a top and bottom border on the smallest quilt pictured above and am in the process of adding a piano key border. Neither of them will get quilted right away – I’ll let them *age* a little on the shelf.

10 Responses to “Braids”

  • Linda_J:

    Mary, it is so easy to stitch those braids as is. Makes me think that the foundation stuff is a “rip off” That is kinda what I have in mind for what the quilt group did today but more scrappy. I was given a Xerox paper box to 2 inch strips at one point so we are trying to make a dent in them and use about anything.

  • Linda_J:

    me again–can’t get the comment box to open on your previous post. I like the green quilt–very soft and feminine looking. What did you challenge your mom and sis to do?

  • Quilty bird:

    Very pretty braids, Mary. Too bad they were such a pain. I’m sure you will have them quilted while I’m still mulling over starting one.

  • dot:

    I like your braids, whenever and whoever receives them will be very happy..

  • Finn:

    Good plan Mary, they are really pretty and soft looking…and I’m sure much faster to piece WITHOUT the foundation…LOL

  • Hanne:

    I really like your braids :o) Over the years I have found that braids looks good mixed with just about anything, like alternated with primitive applique strips. I do mine without foundation.

  • The Calico Cat:

    Good plan & they both look nice! Are you going to border the second one differently? (Was that one getting the piano key – I read it so that the piano key would finish the bigger one…)

    BTW I have only used braids as borders – now I am seeing them as row quilts!

  • Laurie Ann:

    Well, the process might have sucked, but the end product is very nice. You are really good with your borders. I need to take lessons from you! Mine are always so boring!!

  • cher:

    good change of plan Mary! And, I agree-older ufos often did not benefit from what we know now-either on the designers part or ours. Good to step out of that box and salvage something worthy of donating.

  • Lisa D.:

    I think the quilt looks fabulous just as it is! Beautiful!

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