Just wondering which project all of you are working on. Is their a name to you bargello? Which colors are you using. If you haven't started a bargello project, Would you like a simple pattern for ummmm lets say a table runner or small lap quilt? let.s hear from everyone, with pictures of coarse of any stage of your quilt......
I've started my eleventh quilt and decided it should be a bargello. It will be for a cousin's high school graduation and is in yellow, orange, pink, purple and red. I've cut 4 sets of strips of 18 fabrics and plan to mirror image each set, top and bottom, and left and right. Each strip is sewn to it's neighbor and I'm in the process of the first round of pressing. I'm a bit nervous about cross cutting my strips. I hope I can keep them straight and even. Any advice?
Hi Margaret, Your Bargello sounds like it will be wonderful, what pattern are you doing it in? When you sew your strips together are you alternating the direction you sew them in? That keeps the seams straight. And just making sure all are 1/4 inch seams. Sometimes mine stray a little when I chain piece. My segments always came out straight, it's those 1 inch or 1 and 1/2 inch segments I didn't like. You end up having such a small area to sew. I can't wait to see yours. Please take pics to post in various stages of construction if you can. I think I will do the same. It may help others to see your strips and your tubes.
I will sew in opposite directions, if I can remember to do so. I'm not really working from a pattern, just a general idea from the basic instructions I've found on how to do a Bargello quilt. I've seen Becky B's quilts and they're amazing. I've also found some other images online. This is the mirror image look I'm sort of going for.
I think this will be beautiful! Can't wait to see it!
You will do a good job. I can't wait to see it. I am happy that you decided on a bargello because I think they are so beautiful.
I just finished my first Bargello quilt. It is a small hanging quilt. It is yello and blue and called Ocean Blue. Take a look at it in the media file.
http://quiltville.com/scrapbargello.shtml this is a good site to see construction of a Bargello quilt.
Your Bargello quilt is very pretty. What size is it? I love the detail in the design. Make sure you post your Bargello quilts in the media section for all of us to see.
Today I finally finished sewing my strips together. Now all I have to do is put my border on. I posted it in the media gallery.
Margaret. I just watched the tip 'o the day :-). I think it is terrific and could solve your problem!! That shelf liner stuff (you can even buy it at the dollar store) under your ruler. I bought a bamboo drawer divider from Costco. It came with the stuff. It is long and narrow so it didn't take much trimming to fit it under my rulers. Wow an easy thing to do and it really works!!! No more crooked cuts!!!
I took a "class" (if you wanna call it that) to do a Bargello Heart Quilt...Queen Size! I originally asked for a class to learn to do actual Quilting, and I was told that it is something that "cannot be taught". So, after that I was talked into the Bargello class. I was there for 8 hours the first day. They had already taken one side of the selvage edges of the material (they sold me a kit) which is in West Virginia University colors.
We managed to get the tubes done and strips cut that day. I was sent home with a set of instructions and they are incomplete. Needless to say, I don't think I will take any more lessons from that shop. My sections were coming out curved! I asked how I could avoid this and was told it was my machine. I had a feeling that I should sew my strips (as you suggest) in alternate directions. I am so glad I saw your comment about that!
Since then, I have found another WONDERFUL quilt shop close to me. They told me that YES, quilting (not piecing) CAN be taught. And they would love to teach me. They will even give instructions on Longarming...even if you do not own one!
Anyway...to make a long story longer...I have the top 1/3 of the quilt put together and I guess I'm a little afraid of attempting to complete it. But now that I have joined this group, I have a new found courage!
Thanks for the advice and I may need you in the near future if I make a mess of things LOL...
Here is a website you can go to if you are interested in learning how to do bargello's. I am taking a class now and it is great. Check it out. http://www.quiltuniversity.com
As I type I have my bargello material in the washer. Colors are in the plum, sage greens, cream, lavender etc. One large floral print as my main fabric that I am getting other colors from. Have never made a Bargello and only have off an on quilted. Been reading, reading and more reading up on this technique....I think I'm overreading! LOL I just need to jump in. A friend is coming up this weekend to get me started...so no way out now! Can't wait really. Doing this for a ladies birthday at work which is in December. So I think that gives me plenty of time to get it all done. I keep jumping from patterns. Some have to many colors and I guess that would be a little much for a beginner to start out with...You all think 10 to 12 colors for a beginner is best? Paint by Numbers is 28 colors but really like it. It by Mabeth Oxenreider. Found pattern in my August 2007 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting that is the Better Homes and Garden magazine.
If anyone has any suggestions on a pattern let me know....I'm more into regular Bargello Quilts not the twist ones...for now. Also, so any of you know where I could find another Bargello pattern by Mabeth Oxenreider called Jewell...found a picture on one of the websites but nothing for a pattern or any magazine articles.
Kentucky Quilter in the making!!
I did check out the QuiltUniversity ...they have some great things being offered. I'm waiting for March when they will start up the beginners class for Bargello quilting again. I think I need that before advancing...especially since I'm just this week will be starting my first attempt at a Bargello.