Friday finishes have been few and far between this summer. But when My Little Sailor asks for a "purple quilt for a sailor who earned her Navy Warfare Badge," by golly, the Juki is pushed to its top speed!
I wanted to make this quilt using the pattern "Bento Box," as their ship's home port is Yokosuka, Japan.
(this photo from Hancock's of Paducah, where you can also buy the pattern)
However, the pattern calls for fat quarters. If you remember, Shelley at High Country Quilts crawled around under the display table to find a jelly roll of purple strips for me. So I HAD to use strips, didn't I? Scrabbling through the pattern drawer, I found this pattern I picked up on our recent trip to Seattle:
(photo from Quilt in a Day, where you can also buy the pattern)
I have to tell you, this is one of the fastest quilts you'll ever put together. The pattern comes with a plastic template that makes cutting the braids super fast, and they go together perfectly. The traditional method of making braids has you sew together rectangles, then cut off the ends to make the edges even. Really hard to get a straight cut if the braid is longer than your longest ruler! I should have made a tutorial. I'll make this qilt again, and I promise a tutorial when I do.
So now, without further ado, I present Quilt #41 for 2012, Danielle's Braids!
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