Have you heard of a bargello quilt? It is a stunning work of quilting art that is 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 are 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. When choosing colors, there are many 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. If you love batiks, this quilt is for you! Batiks work perfectly for these designs.
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.
If you're ready to try quilting bargello, there are plenty of beautiful bargello quilt patterns available right here on Craftsy! Here are 4 fun ones to get you started:
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Arrange your fabric strips into a diamond layout for a stunning bargello quilt. This pattern requires nine different shades fabrics and yields a quilt measuring 61" by 69".
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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?
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Ribbon Table Runner
If you aren’t ready to commit to a larger project, why not try your hand at a mini quilt? Use the Bargello Ribbons pattern to learn the bargello technique while create a stunning quilt for your tabletop. The finished project measures 18” by 64”.
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Here is 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.