It’s time for me start working on the braids for the borders of my Bricks in the Barnyard quilt. The looks a lot more complicated than they actually are.
A while back I sewed together Bonnie Hunter’s Texas Braids quilt….see here…
That was a lot of braids. Kelli started one…Kayla started one. Both of them quit as they got sick of jumping up and ironing all the time. Phht. Iron, what’s that? I know some of you might faint dead away when you hear this but I didn’t iron a single seam of mine until the entire braid was finished.
I’m the leader of a bandwagon who believes ironing and pressing quilts is WAY over rated. But as with everything people need to find their own way and do what is comfortable for them. Me, I hardly iron until a block is finished….or in this case, a braid.
I thought I’d give you a peek at how me, the non-ironer, makes a braid.
I have two braids going at a time in my photos. I feed two through then clip off the back braid and work on it.
I got started. Now I am adding the rectangle without a red square attached. See how the black printed piece needs to go in place?
When sewing that piece on it’s easiest if I place the black piece on the braid right sides together but then flip the entire braid upside down. I am going to cross the seam where the red square was added. There I make sure the seam is pointed to the red square….
Once it’s sewn I flip it over and check…all is right. I finger press it back.
Next I need to add the rectangle with the red square attached.
I sew the seam, going slow at first to make sure the seam stays in place.
The top piece I am adding is shorted than the braid so after I’ve passed the length of the newly added piece I swerve off.
In 15 minutes I had two braids this long. I never got up from the machine. Easy peasy.
It did take a bit to get my system down but after that I did it was actually really quick…but that’s the no iron-no pinning method. The regular way, if stopping to iron after each piece was added, that, would take MUCH longer.
My way isn’t the right way for everyone but it definitely is the right way for me. If I keep it up, these braids will get done in no time.