I started working on my Bargello quilt on 2/2/17 and was sewing on the quilt label on 3/19/17, a little over 5 weeks.
Here are a bunch of pictures of the fabric selection, work in progress and the finished product posing on a fence in my backyard.
Fabrics used were 2 jelly rolls from Moda Fuji Batiks; they make up the body of the Bargello. And on the backing I used a grey batik Flourish Batik Mager.
All of the strips are pieced and cut from the tube and on my design wall.
Bargello quilts look complicated, but they’re really not. There are many videos on YouTube that are helpful and can show you different ways of constructing; using the 2 1/5″ precut strips definitely helps speed the process up. You start by sewing all of the strips together and then connect the ends to make a big massive tube of fabric. Once this is done, lay the tube on your cutting board and start cutting into strips. I alternated the sizes of my strips like so: 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, and then repeat or alternate at will. Now you will have a big pile of tubed strips, and this when it starts to get fun.
You decide where to open your tubes, I don’t think it matters but I started with a purple square. I separated my first tube between the purple and a green square and pinned to my design wall. The next tube I opened on the next color which was the green and copper, and hung this next to the first strip on my design wall; keep alternating and opening on the next color. You continue this opening up of the strips and hanging, or laying out so you can check your design. You will see the pattern emerging right before your eyes. It’s Mojo Magic baby!
Here all of the strips are sew together.
I picked a pretty toned down grey batik for the binding and the backing.
I realized the quilt wasn’t big enough for what I wanted and consulted Jenny on what to do. Jenny suggested adding a border and this made sense, so I added a 4″ border of this pretty purple from Flourish Batik Mager.
Close up of the borders and the bargello on the long arm ready to quilted.
Holding up my completed long arm quilted Bargello. Everyone at Quilted Joy was very helpful getting me set up and on the right path. I used a large meander stitch as I want to learn and get better at quilting on the long arm.
I’m so happy and proud of myself on this Bargello Beauty, she is so pretty. But I’m onto the next project which is finishing up the Gravity Quilt.
Keep making magic beauties, there is so much creativity out there in the world, and it brings everyone together. Until next time, Mojo Magic is creating more quilting magic.