Have you heard of a bargello quilt? It is a stunning work of quilting art that's full of motion. Waves, curves and other shapes move gracefully across the quilt top. These quilts look incredibly difficult, but surprisingly, they are quite easy to make. Today we're going to look at what exactly bargello quilting is, as well as some beautiful design examples and patterns.
What is bargello quilting?
By definition, a bargello quilt is one that is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement. These patterns look complicated, but they're very suitable for beginning quilters. If you can sew a straight seam, you can do this! Even though there are so many curves and shapes featured on the quilt, there is no curved piecing whatsoever. More advanced quilters find enjoyment with quilting bargello as well with the simple yet creative piecework and color play.
The key to bargello quilting is fabric color and print.
All ranges of color are used, from light to dark, which mean you have lots of choices. A common option is a variety of shades in a single color family for a monochromatic quilt. Another common option is two complementary colors. Small printed fabrics tend to be preferable (perfect for those who love batiks!).
Bargello quilts are made in a unique way.
Strips are cut at a specific width and sewn together. They are sewn into a strip of tubes with the seam allowances facing out. The tube is then cut into the necessary widths and opened with a seam ripper at the specified seams. After all of the blocks are finished, precise placement can form all different kinds of overall patterns. Triangles, diamonds, waves, hearts and flames are just a few of the common designs that be created.
Take a peek at how it works with this video:
If you're ready to try quilting bargello, there are plenty of beautiful bargello quilt patterns and kits to get you started:
1. Navajo Summer Quilt Kit
Inspired by stained-glass windows, this quilt it comes in two colorways — one with cool colors and the other with warm colors. The kit comes with all the fabric you need to make the quilt top, designed by Jinny Beyer
2. Sendimental Quilt
While many bargello quilts have a fairly limited color palette, this one includes a whole rainbow of colors to create an ombré chevron design.
Photo via Craftsy member Kameleonquilt
3. Dancing Flames
Dig deep into your stash and pull out all your flame-colored fabrics for this eye-catching quilt. The rows of flames alternate — don't they look like they are dancing?
Photo via Craftsy member QuiltD.Signs
4. Bargello-to-Go Bag
Here's a another fun way to learn the bargello technique! Make a quilted bag that features two bargello panels. Not only is this a beautiful quilted bag, it is fully functional with plenty of support and several pockets.
Bring Bargello Quilts to Life!
Learn the surprisingly simple bargello technique as you make three projects along with instructor Karen Gibbs