Friendship braids everywhere
Inspiration for quilts and designs comes from all over the place. Sometimes I see fabrics and know I want to do something went with them. Other times I see patterns and projects and try to find fabric that would work. This time I happened to have a combination of both! This great collection had come in a few weeks back. All those beautiful soft colors just really spoke to me. But I could not decide on a pattern. There was just nothing that seemed to be ‘just right’ to go with them. So I stared at them and stared at them and just waited for something to finally speak to me.
Meanwhile, many months ago we had brought in this great tool to help join the ends of binding. And not only did one of our customers ask us for the tool for binding, but she also pointed out a pattern using the tool as a template. At the time, I had logged that information away somewhere deep down in the recesses of my brain just waiting for the right time and combination to come together so I could make a Friendship Braid quilt.
And as these things normally happen, I was walking past all the fabrics, staring at that one collection and it suddenly hit me- I could try out the Friendship Braid!
Using all ten fabrics in the collection, The Binding Tool and a Northcott Tuscana fabric, I give to you my very own version of the Friendship Braid Quilt. The original tutorial was a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. It is still active and if you like, you can search for the directions yourself. Of course there were a few tips and tricks that I picked up along the way while doing this quilt and I’d love to share them with you all in class.
Of course this quilt is simple enough that even a fairly strong beginner should be able to get the hang of it pretty quick. I'm looking forward to working this quilt again and using some other coordinated colors, maybe something a bit more mature. This pattern is so wonderful for all age groups and can really be tailored to the recipient. Its great for boys and girls, it can be as scrappy or as coordinated as you like, it can have as many or as few fabrics as you like. If you were to change the colors around a little bit and do a bit of planning you would have an awesome chevron quilt without a single half square triangle! Ooooohhhhh.... I cannot wait to get a few more of these together! And with the holidays right around the corner, you know I'm gonna be sewing my fingers to the bone!