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A New Twist - Layer Cake French Braid


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The French Braid Pattern has been used for many years in various forms from floors to quilts but under different names. You can find wooden floors in many European homes over a hundred years old with this pattern The term French Braid was coined by Jane Miller though. I love French Braid designs. So many people are afraid of the design because they are uncomfortable when picking out all the fabrics necessary for a French Braid quilt.. I decided to make one using a Layer Cake(r). Moda has done all the work for you in a Layer Cake(r). A more traditional fabric line works best with this pattern though because the more contemporary lines tend to be too busy. The Layer Cake (r) needs to have three basic color pallets and a good combination of light, medium, and dark colors in each color way to complete the quilt as shown. This quilt goes together quickly and you will have a beautiful quilt to be proud of when done. Layer Cake(r) is a registered trademark of Moda Fabrics BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Quilting Expenience SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 52" x 72"

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  • 1/2 yard for set-in triangles
  • 1 1/4 yards for inner border, contrast squares, and binding
  • 1 yard outside border

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