A new twist to a favourite…
Posted 10 November 2008on:
I mentioned in my blog yesterday (two blogs in a week, unbelievable isn’t it? *grin*), that I’ve been working on my Second Bargello Quilt – Bargello #2 as it is called for the time being. It hasn’t been named yet.
Have you ever felt that a quilt was way over your abilities? I have… and the Bargello quilt was one of them. Like me, you have probably seen all the “big” bed size quilts, and thought, there is no way at my skill level that I could accomplish anything like that. Something like this one? http://www.lockwoodquilts.com/store/bargello_quilts/lovers_knot.html
I’m sure the patterns are good, but just the thought…
Cori and Myra of Blue Meadow Designs designed a small Bargello for McCall’s Quilting Magazine. I saw it, and thought I could do that. The instructions were easy to follow, and I made my first Bargello quilt –West Coast Sunset (which is displayed in my header). With the making of this Bargello quilt, and looking for information on Bargello quilts, I have learned lots. If you are looking for resources, check out my Bargello Resource Page.
I have just finished piecing the Bargello portion of my second Bargello Quilt. This one I did completely on my own, including planning the design.
This is the Bargello #2 quilt… with borders pinned around it.
I was asked by the Guild to teach an Introductory Bargello class… can you imagine, I’ve made one Bargello quilt, and now I’m teaching it? I did the class in May, and it went well. My DD#1 wanted a Bargello for her front foyer, and I decided the class sample, would be hers. She chose pink, purple and lime green. At first my initial reaction… was, not favourable, to say the least… but after I started buying fabric… of course I didn’t have any soft pinks… or not much pink fabric at all. And it has grown on me.
I saw the Paisley pattern at a quilt shop, and liked it, and bought a FQ. The fabric grew on me, and the next time, I was in the shop, I noticed they had a bolt… and I bought some yardage… it was the same pinks as the Bargello… wasn’t sure about the brown… but seeing it altogether, it works for me. I’m hoping to get the borders on tonight, and then I’ll need to find some batting, and get it sandwiched… then the task of deciding how to quilt it. I was considering using a meander, using the paisley pattern, as the inspiration… we’ll see. I’ll let it “grow” on me.
With this quilt, I started thinking of writing a tutorial for it. I took pictures as I went along, although I am missing photos from the beginning, I’ll deconstruct my tube, and take photos at each stage, and just reverse engineer it. Sounds grand, doesn’t it?
After I get some of the other projects I want to do, I want to design a “twist”, or a mirror image Bargello, to see what I can come up with, one of these days.