Creating a Prairie Braid Quilt in
Note: This tutorial was originally
written for EQ5, but the procedure is the same for EQ6 and 7.
First, practice drawing the design repeat as a square block.
Snap points 8 x 8, block size 8" x 8", graph paper divisions 8 x 8.
To create a long strip block -- base everything on 8.
Set the horizontal snap points at 8, vertical snap points need to be a
multiple of 8. Same with the block size and the graph paper
divisions (for ease of drawing). Draw the square repeat at the
top of the block, select all (CTRL+A). Copy and paste the repeat to
complete the block (the illustration below shows only the top part of a 4"
x 24" block).
Set your long blocks in a Vertical Strip quilt layout with
strip size the same as your block size.
After staring at this block awhile, I found a variation that
may work even better. This one has the points of the braid in the
center. Note: This one could be drawn on the same 8 x 8 grid or you can
use 4 x 4.
Here's yet another variation and the resulting quilt: