"Braided Scraps"

Braided Scraps is number 62 in my series using up primarily 2" strips.

Quilt named "braided scraps" sitting on a wooden floor. The scrappy pieces are interlinked forming arrows within columns pointing alternating pointing upwards or downwards inversly according to the column preceding it. Between the scrap columns are white with blue dots columns. The exterior border is dark blue while the middle border is white with blue dots as the columns, and the interior border is dark navy blue, matching the exterior border.

It is simply a braid that I made with my 2" strips - cut into 6.5" strips - mainly because that was the width of a ruler I had around me - as I wanted to just use the width of the ruler for measuring - lazy thing that I am!


close up of the patterns of the columns, which reveals a multi-color in the blue dot columns. The scraps appear rando, while maintaining the order of pointing upward or downward.

Several of my Facebook friends had suggested making a braided quilt with scraps over a year ago, but I had been a little afraid to try. Then I read about it and it really didn't look hard.

I didn't really care for the "all squished together look" if I would have put the pieces all together without the sashing because my braided pieces are so mish-mashy-ish - pulled from the bags of strips in colors blue, green and purple.  If I had more carefully coordinated colors, then skipping the sashing in between the rows probably would have been nice as well. But for me, for this time, this is what I felt I needed to do to keep some control over the madness represented.

I had wanted a full 5 or 6 inch border from the light fabric around the outside to help it "float". Alas. I didn't have that much fabric left and had nothing that would look right with it, so I went with what I did here.

A view of the quilt farther down... overall bue and greans are the major colors of the quilt.

I separated the braids with a 1.5" cut piece of navy and then a 6.5" cut strip of fabric.  I am quite pleased with how it came out. I think the lime green in the quilt kind of 'sticks out' but what could I expect from lime? Sigh.

The pattern is here.  Feel free to use it if you like!

And this is one time where I feel strongly that the quilt is prettier than the pictures I got. I need my photographers!!! (son, Daniel, and hopefully, son, Tim, in the future)...but I think a lot of it is the artificial light added to the fact that we are having very gray days nowadays - it's not very bright inside the house with natural light.

A close up of three columns... blue being the obvious main color, but the columns appeart to have each a dark navy blue border separating each column.

Be sure to check out what my sis has for you! I'm sure you can find some goodies that are super nice at great prices!


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