Friday, November 22, 2013

Create a star instead.....

   I went to continue working on the Faux Braid sheet....and I have misplaced it.  I am sure it is still somewhere in this computer, but where, oh where, did this gal save it?  Never fear, I decided not to panic but throw in this little idea I creatively borrowed (that is stole in real language) from a pin seen from  Etsy.
  This is just a quick sample, making it up as I went, so pardon the lack of precise measurements.


  •    Start with a plain square.  I used 3" in this sample.  Next time I would recommend a 3 1/2" square.
  •   Add a 2" by 3 1/2" strip to one side.  
  •   Add strip number 2---2" by 4".


  •   Repeat until you have added 3 rounds to the 2 adjoining sides.  
  •   Trim the band unit  like you would for a braid quilt.  I aligned the ruler line so that it goes thru the center points of the square and braid rounds and the cutting edge exactly on the edge of the square.  
  •    For the large triangles:  Cut a 5 1/2" square ( or a 6" square if you like to have fudge room to trim).  Cut on the diagonal to get 2 triangles.    Sew a triangle to each side of the band.
  •   Square up the sides if needed and square the unit to 7".  Note--- here is where I did my fudging by trimming the inner corner of the prints.    

  Now repeat the whole process until you get 4 blocks.

  Here's the beginning of your braided star.   Click here to see the inspiration quilt.
   If not a large quilt.....how about a Christmas table runner, or set on point for a wall hanging?

  Thanks to Nicki for suggesting I link these posts in the tutorials section for future reference.  I am always forgetting where I explained something and thought this was a great idea....I am working on it now.

  So the finale is the Faux Braid....I promise to get it up next week, even if I have to start from scratch!

Happy stitching.  

12 comments:

  1. I love the braid / star idea! Really neat. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Now I would not have thought of using the braid in a star. Maybe the French braid played with for this idea too.

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  3. I love this block! Thanks for sharing and the link to the inspiration ... :) Pat

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  4. What a fun twist to the braid pattern. I can see it in batiks in graduated shades--intense color in the middle, gradually getting lighter--with a black background! Make that for me, will ya Debbie? : )

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  5. I love that star quilt and really like Janet suggestion for the graduated shades, sounds like it's right up your alley.

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  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Very cool... and love the star block! GREAT idea to link these posts to tutorials for future reference... I'm sure I'll be looking for them!

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  8. Another great pattern!!! Thanks for sharing ...you,keep me busy ...

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  9. Oh, I can't believe I almost missed this blog on the star braid. My computer has been down for 6 days & I've been waiting to see what else you've come up with dealing with braids....my favorite...a star block. I love, love, love it! Thanks sooooo much.

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