Bargello in Spring

Posted by Ruth on 31 July 2011 | 5 Comments

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Being the last day of the month and realizing I have not added one post to my blog for the month prompted me that I should let you all know what I've been up to. Well, I must say, my students already inspire me back to the sewing machine...  so this past week I've been recreating my spring bargello quilt ready to produce as a pattern, the last one to be presented in the series.

It all began last week when I was without internet access, I thought.... "oh well, how about pulling some fabrics from my stash to recreate Bargello in Spring. Something a little different from the usual." You don't often see me working in green and orange, so this is something new to me as well. I already had some soft orange and green fabrics out on my cutting table from working on my daisies the week before so I added a few more to make this Bargello design really stand out.

bargello in spring fabrics

Fabrics chosen for the new "Bargello in Spring" quilt

You can see that I have chosen two groups of fabrics, each ranging from light to dark or vice versa. The original had only one group going from light to dark.

Here is the original Bargello in Spring quilt:

original bargello in spring quilt

Original "Bargello in Spring" quilt

This bargello, is the most basic of all the seasons. It gets my students started in learning the technique and is a great place to start. You learn rotary cutting skills with strip cutting, accurate 1/4" seams (which don't have to be 100% accurate as long as you are consistent), bargello block and tube building, bargello strip cutting and joining and staggered seams. The pattern includes correct methods of adding borders and quilting your project as well.

Here is my new Bargello in Spring finished.

New bargello in spring quilt

New "Bargello in Spring" quilt

I decided to include a bonus quilting design for those who want a little bit more of a challenge. The spring flower can be quilted by itself or included with the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.

To take it one step further, and make it even more of a challenge, you could also use the quilting flower design to add applique flowers around the border or in one corner. 

bargello in spring applilque

You may choose to add some applique flowers

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I think the new spring bargello looks ever springier. What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments.

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  • Thanks for your comments ladies.

    Rita, I'm working on a series of blog articles to get those interested started in applique just like the flower above, so be sure to come back for more details or sign up for my newsletter.

    Posted by Ruth, 03/08/2011 8:54am (10 years ago)

  • Ruth, I am not sure my first response went through, so here goes a repeat. I LOVE your new Spring Bargello...the colors are so happy and the flower is beautiful. I have signed up for a class on Machine quilting in Sept, so perhaps I will be able to make a flower like yours.


    Posted by Rita Goff, 02/08/2011 6:38pm (10 years ago)

  • Ruth,
    I love your new Spring Bargello! When you compare them the original Spring Bargello looks like you are in the middle of a bad storm, then when you look at the new Spring Bargello you can tell the sun is shining brightly and all is well! I'm glad you decided to make the change--change is good! Thanks!!

    Posted by Kathleen, 02/08/2011 6:22am (10 years ago)

  • Your new Spring Bargello is lovely. Your fabric choices remind me of a bed of flowers during mid spring when all are in bloom. That's what is so great about bargello. A choice of fabric prints can give the same design a whole different look.

    Posted by Sharon in Tallahassee, 01/08/2011 12:13pm (10 years ago)

  • It is beautiful, Ruth. I like it a lot better than your first one. Much brighter!

    Posted by Julie Haase, 01/08/2011 10:08am (10 years ago)

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