My braided strippy is the last of the squirrels that filled my design wall for months. It’s pinned and I’m handquilting it with big stitch. When I shared it with my modern group, Kristen – @mamacatquilts, posted a picture of it on IG and called it “Fern’s braid gone rogue quilt.”

Hmmmm….. I liked that name, although I did do a quick dictionary search of “rogue” before I fully embraced it.

Definition #1: Unprincipled, unreliable, a scoundrel or rascal…, not so much.

Definition #2: One who is playfully mischievious. Ok, I like that! Playfully mischievious is an apt description of how I approach quilting. After all, if I’m not having fun, why am I doing it???!!!

But honestly, I did not start out with the intention of going rogue. I was inspired after seeing an exhibit of old quilts combined with Kaffe Fassett’s reinterpretations at the San Jose Quilt Museum last summer.

I had seen pictures of this quilt in both Patchwork and Quilting in Britain and Kaffe’s Heritage Quilts but seeing it up close and personal was captivating. It was made from a combination of chevrons and braids but I was particularly drawn to the braid part and went straight home to experiment making my own braid.

Sewing one strip at a time was a tedious process. My first braid attempt seemed too wide – about 10″ and a bit too random. I started a second braid, making it 5″ wide and was more thoughtful as I selected the color and size of each strip. Eventually I went back and cut the first one down – an inch or two at a time. And yes, I saved the cut-offs!

But as you know from my earlier posts, I got distracted…. and so it sort of sat for a few months.

Although I hadn’t completely abandoned it, once the Sweet Adeline Show was up I had time to really focus on it again. I started connecting the various braids, changing the direction and incorporating all the little cut-offs. It was now a matter of connecting and putting all the parts together….. In the end, I sort of did a braid and sort of didn’t…… As Kristen said, I “went rogue” but it was so much fun!



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It’s wonderful you Rogue you 🙂


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I love it! Your big stitch quilting pulls it all together. The antique inspiration quilt is one of my favorites also. You’ve made it modern, innovative and very much your own. Enjoyed seeing your process. Yay for slicing blocks and using them in new ways!


Thanks LeeAnn! I love big stitch – Even more now after the tips I got from you!


Really like the solid braid and your stitching looks great! String quilts require so much sewing. Hooray for Rouge Quilting!


Thank you Barb. I have fallen in love with big stitch quilting!

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