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French Braid Quilts by Jane Hardy Miller with Arlene Netten uses a spin of the traditional log cabin quilt. This technique combines the traditional log cabin quilt and the log cabin with cornerstones techniques. French Braid Quilts are strippie, two- sided log cabins with cornerstones.

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French Braid Quilts

French Braid Quilts
14 Quick Quilts with Dramatic Results

Author: Jane Hardy Miller with Arlene Netten
Pages: 79
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: C&T Publishing
Cover: Soft

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Simple Piecing—Spectacular Quilts

  • One great technique, a variety of different looks!
  • Learn To Use Value: Create glowing effects by choosing a range of graduated fabrics.
  • Super-easy piecing means fast quilt construction.
  • Make it yours with pretty borders, separator bands, and other creative variations.

About the Authors

Jane Hardy Miller was born in and mostly grew up in California, where she attended college and law school. Her mother, a home economic teacher, taught her to sew by hand and machine beginning at age five. She made her first quilt in 1968, and for the following ten years made about one per year, inventing techniques as she went along. She practiced law briefly in Hawaii and California and then moved to Miami in 1979, where she married, had two children, and finally took a beginning quilting class. She has been working and teaching in a local quilt shop since 1987.

Arlene Netten, designer of "Fabulous Florals," the inspiration quilt design for this book, lives with her husband in Garden Valley, Idaho, a small mountain town one hour north of Boise; a perfect place to quilt, quilt, quilt! She immediately fell in love with quilting when she began in 1994 and her Plumples Quilt Patterns business soon followed. After a lifelong interest in sewing and crafts, she has found that quilting embodies the best of all the creative endeavors and, as a result, it has truly become her passion. Her other passion is her grandson, Ryan, who gives her immeasurable joy!

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments/Dedication 4
Introduction 5
Chapter One  
Equipment 6
Anatomy of a French Braid 7
Chapter Two  
Fabric Selection 8
Braid-Run Fabrics 8
Accent Fabric 10
Triangle Fabrics 10
Separator-Band Fabrics 12
Border Fabrics 12
Chapter Three  
Basic French Braid Construction 13
Cutting the Braid-Run Fabrics 13
Cutting the Starting Triangles 14
Laying Out the Braid 14
Troubleshooting 15
Cutting the Accent Fabric 15
Cutting the Ending Triangles 15
Sewing the Braids 16
Trimming Braids Without Separator Bands 17
Sewing Braids Together 19
Project 1: Lucy's Leftover Watercolor Kit 20
Project 2: Formal Affair 22
Chapter Four  
Adding Basic Separator Bands 25
Marking the Braids 25
Cutting the Separator Bands 26
Getting It All Together 26
Project 3: Cornucopia 28
Project 4: Passion for Purple 30
Project 5: Baby Braid 32
Chapter Five  
Braid Variations 34
Center-Out French Braids 34
Project 6: Oriental Palms 36
End-In French Braids 38

Project 7: It's Always Green in Miami

Project 8: Thanks, Frank 42
Project 9: Mi Casa Es Su Casa 45
Chapter Six  
Adding Separator Bank Variations 49
Simple Pieced Separator Bands 49
Project 10: Lava Lamp 50
French Braids as Separator Bands 52
Project 11: Shadow City 54
Separators Using Reverse Braid Order 57
Project 12: Big Red
Separator Bands that Align with the Braids 61
Reconstructed French Braids as Separator Bands 61
Project 13: Cafe Ole 64
Chevron Separator Braids 66
Project 14: Am I Blue? 68
Chapter Seven  
Adjusting the Size 70
Adjusting the Width 70
Adjusting the Length 70
Using the Tables 70
Chapter Eight  
Finishing 72
Chapter Nine  
Quilting Basics 73
Butted Borders 73
Backing 73
Batting 73
Layering 73
Basting 73
Binding 74
Appendix: Yardage and Cutting Charts 75
About the Authors 79

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