Quilting my Bargello

Posted by Ruth on 23 October 2012 | 0 Comments
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As I mentioned in my last blog post, I was finishing my new bargello designs over the weekend. Today I'm going to talk about how I quilted them.

One of my favorite tricks in quilting an applique design is to use the paper pulled from the back of the applique shape. Of course this only works on single complete designs, not a design made up of several pieces. The leaves and snowflakes are ideal. A single shaped flower would work great too.

By using the backing paper you save time by not having to draw the design on your background or making new templates from freezer paper or Avery labels. (although both of these have their advantage as they can be pressed in place instead of pinned)

With plenty of templates at hand, I can position them in a pleasing manor before I start any quilting. That gives me an overall idea of how the quilting will look and I can reposition any if needed.

Position backing paper ready for quilting

A pin here and there will hold them in place until I have my arrangement. When I like the layout, I secure the templates with at least 2 pins to prevent them from moving as I stitch them. I use fine wedding pins which are shorter than the quilting pins you buy because then they don't extend over the edge of the template, thus can stay put until my stitching is complete.

The winter scene of snowflakes creates a cooler feel. Where the leaves appear to be swept with an autumn breeze, the snowflakes are drifting softly to the ground. You could do the same with the leaves of course. It is all a matter of where you place the appliques and the quilting you use.

Can you see the quilted snowflakes?

Alternatively, you can create a wind effect by stitching a swirling design in the open spaces. Now the leaves really look as if they are blowing in the wind.

A swirl quilting design

These templates can also create a continuous border design. Position leaves close so the tips are almost touching. Quilt along one side and then the other instead of individually. It's amazing how quickly it goes!

Continuous border design

You can make a continuous border right along or just decorate the corners. On the long borders you might need to add a central design. I used two leaves with the stems almost touching.

Central design on border

I hope this article helps you decide on what quilting you will do on your quilt. I would love to hear what you did.

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