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Product Details

  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Pub (May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571205268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571205261
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Hardy Miller has more than 40 years of quilting experience. She currently works and teaches in her local quilt shop.

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Jane Hardy Miller was born and raised in California, where she eventually attended college and law school. Her mother, a home economics teacher, taught her to sew by hand and machine, beginning at age five. Jane made her first quilt in 1968, and for the next ten years, she made about one per year, inventing techniques as she went along. She practiced law briefly in Hawaii and California before moving to Miami in 1979, where she married, had two children, and finally took a beginning quilting class. She has been working and teaching in a local quilt shop since 1987.

Customer Reviews

Lots of great ideas.
Lee Franklin
I have this book as well as the first book French Braid Quilts.
Stephanie Poet Cohen
I loved the first book and I'm thrilled with the second.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Susie Sews on October 22, 2009
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Now understand, I am an experienced quilter and have made many quilts simply from written directions, but this has to be the worst quilt book I've ever bought. I bought it for the directions on how to make a French Braid Christmas Tree Skirt, which was one of the featured projects. I already knew how to sew a French Braid. This book has you flipping back and forth for every step and when you refer to the page mentioned they are talking about a regular quilt and not the wedge shapes in a tree skirt. The final straw is tonight when I started sewing the completed wedges together and some of the strip sizes she had you cut were incorrect! I feel like I not only wasted money on this book but if I can't save this mess I'll also have wasted all the money I spent on fabric for this project. Not good at all! Grrr!!!!!
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By B. Burke on April 25, 2009
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I have the first book by this author and have made two quilts from it. They are fun and impressive in their construction. I was hoping for many more new ideas with her second book and was disappointed to find that the first 37 pages repeat methods from the first book. So if you don't own the first book, you really can get away with buying just this second book. And if you already own the first book, just be forewarned that the second one repeats a LOT of the first one!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Poet Cohen on May 9, 2009
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I have this book as well as the first book French Braid Quilts. Anytime you follow an author there is a certain amount of repetition, but French Braid Obsession stands alone as a wonderful manual for making colorful and creative quilts like no other. When I am making one of these quilts and I have to refresh my knowledge I am grateful that I don't have to run find "the other book." I am so inspired just from the examples. The details on each quilts construction are superb. If you thought you were obsessed with these designs before, this is just the ticket to keep you satisfied!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By quiltcrazy on March 28, 2011
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This book is filled with many beautiful patterns. I have enjoyed and hated working on a project from this book.
The instructions have you flipping from front to back, using directions from other quilts, all in all pretty difficult to understand. The measuring, with these projects, is also an issue. There are no real, concrete, measurements. These are cut as you piece patterns, which is opposite of how I like to quilt. I like to cut then piece.
I would highly recommend you make a practice quilt before cutting into your good fabrics. Being an experienced quilter, I found the language of this pattern to be challenging but once past that, I found the end product very gratifying. I suggest you take notes as you work your practice quilt then use those for your show project.
Plan on reading the whole book before starting any pattern. This will help when you start your quilt.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By quilter on May 26, 2009
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I loved the first book and I'm thrilled with the second. I'm finishing a quilt from the new book FRENCH BRAID OBSESSIONS and the results are fantastic. Well written, wonderful instructions, good illustrations, and WOW results. I've make quilts from both books and I'm looking forward to more French Braid books in the future. Must have books, must make quilts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Rossetto on June 18, 2010
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WOW! These are beautiful quilts, however, I have yet to make one because the directions are not that easy to understand. I've made quilts and sewn for the last 30 years and I'm nervous about making something I don't get. Maybe I just need to go for it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 19, 2009
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Eight new projects feature fine new ways to French braid a quilt for either wallhangings and table runners to integrating French braids into borders and with applique. Sidebars of information cover fabric requirements and construction techniques, with step-by-step color photos covering all aspects of French Braid use. Any needlework library will find this a fine read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Cotham on June 16, 2009
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My friend has made a couple of the "french braid" quilts and they are incredibly beautiful. This book provides more ideas on how to use the technique and is really inspiring. Beautiful!
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