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Columns of Color

Columns of bright prints stand out against darker prints for a dramatic quilt. Black squares in the centers of the columns give the columns a braided look. Fabrics are from the Misty Light collection by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.

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Assemble Braids


1. Add a short braid segment to one edge of a brown print 4" square (Diagram 3). (Although you won’t see the brown print square in the finished quilt—it will be trimmed off—it helps you establish the correct braid angle.) Press seam toward braid segment. Add a matching long braid segment to adjacent edge of brown square with black square adjoining short braid segment (Diagram 3). Press seam toward long braid segment.

2. In same manner, add 20 more pairs of braid segments to the pieced edge of Step 1 unit to make a pieced braid row. Add brown print setting triangles to last braid segments in row (Diagram 4).

3. Align 2-1⁄4" line on an acrylic ruler with top and bottom corners of black print squares in pieced braid row; trim off jagged edges (Diagram 5). Repeat on remaining long edge of pieced braid row to make a row that is 4-1⁄2" wide. Trim braid row to 22" long including seam allowances, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance at bottom of row.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make three braid rows total.

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