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Introduction to Bargello

with Karen Gibbs
Introduction to Bargello
Bring Bargello quilts off your to-do list and into your home! Create three approachable Bargello projects, each with cascading color and mesmerizing movement.

Discover how accessible and beautiful Bargello can be with fabric and pattern designer Karen Gibbs. Start by creating a Bargello version of the Chinese Coins pattern. Learn to set up your machine, choose fabrics, create Bargello segments from strip sets and piece your quilt. Then, create the Something About Paris quilt, where you'll pair Bargello sequences with large half-square triangles and reverse appliqué hearts for a harmony of pattern, imagery and color. Finally, create a Bargello Madison's Star pattern using seven strip sets and straightforward instructions. Learn the Bargello technique to piece quilts with the kinetic color and flowing movement you're eager to achieve.

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Lesson 1. Bargello Basics

  • Meet your instructor, pattern designer Karen Gibbs, before learning what Bargello is, how it can be used to create gorgeous projects and what you'll create over the course of this class.


Lesson 2. Bargello Coins

  • Dive into an exploration of creating Bargello strip sets. Karen shows you step-by-step instructions for measuring, cutting, aligning and sewing your sets to create squared-up segments that can be paired to create dynamic coins.


Lesson 3. Something About Paris

  • Begin the stunning "Something About Paris" quilt as you construct the background pieces with Karen's troubleshooting tips along the way. You'll gain practice with sharp and soft curves in addition to professional tips on cutting, pinning and arranging your pieces.


Lesson 4. Reverse Applique Bargello

  • Discover how to use reverse appliqué techniques to create the gorgeous heart pieces for your "Something About Paris" quilt. Karen demonstrates how to trace, baste and attach the reverse appliqué and shares methods to eliminate shadows caused by bulky layers.


Lesson 5. Starting Madison's Star

  • Jump into your next quilt, the eye-catching "Madison's Star" project. You'll put your new Bargello skills to work as you sort, sew and press your segments together to create the diamond shapes that are key to this design.


Lesson 6. Completing the Star

  • Complete the quilt you started in the previous lesson as you put the polishing touches on your diamond designs and sew them together using Karen's effective and efficient Y-seam technique. You'll also gain insider tips on various quilting options for the projects you've learned in class and other Bargello designs.

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