She saw the French Braid design and fell in love with it. I offered some similar designs that look more contemporary and modern, but she has her heart set on it. So French Braid it is! After a fun hour or so pulling from my stash, then more time at our local fabric store, The Quilted Thimble, we had fabrics chosen for the color run: deep reds and burgundy through pale pinks & whites to golden tones.
We were so pleased with our choices! She went back to college and I went back to finishing my current project so I could start her quilt.
Figuring it All Out
Because we had some fat quarters, and I would need to cut 2 rows of fabric from them, I sized the strips at 2-1/2" x 9" (to be able to get 2 from the 18" width). I drew a quick sketch & measured the size for the center square and end triangles, and determined the width of the sashing for a large throw.
At this stage I realized we made a large mistake in our fabric shopping: we never chose an accent color! The squares in the braids, the center square, the end triangles and all the sashing are this fabric. It it sets the tone of the entire quilt.
Back to fabric shopping because I had nothing in my stash that worked! I bought a cool grey solid that I thought would contrast nicely. And while I was there, I also bought 3 yards of a coral solid (because of the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral) to use on an as-yet un-designed quilt.
At this point, I decided to take my time so I would get it right. My 'One Monthly Goal' for January was going to be assembling and cutting all my strips, then sewing just the 4 sections.
With the center square pinned in place, I started sewing a single strip to one side of the square, then the same color (with an accent square) to the other.
My daughter saw it online and loves it, but won't be able to snuggle under it until spring break. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it for her!