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Thread: Enlarging Bargello pattern ?

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    Enlarging Bargello pattern ?

    I have found a pattern I love - Spiral Burst Bargello - but it is too small for our bed. I can add borders to make it bigger but not sure that is what I want to do. The pattern is 70" X 51" and we have a king size bed.

    Has anyone ever sat down and enlarged a bargello pattern to keep the design going? How hard was it and would you do it again? I'm afraid it might turn into a can of worms and thought I'd ask for help, suggestions, ideas, yeahs/nays, etc.

    Thnaks a bunch. Hope everyone has a lovely day.

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    Is this the pattern?
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/81724652...lo-quilt-top-e
    It comes in queen size as well, maybe you could add an extra border to make it king
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    Thanks for the information Woody. The etsy seller is on vacation so I will have to wait but this is the pattern I like. The site I found it on only has it in the smaller size so hopefully I can get this one. It would sure be easier to make the queen size a little bigger as opposed to doing it to the lap size.

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    Before I say what I am thinking, I will make a comment that I have never made a bargello....
    How about if you just made the fabric pieces bigger than the pattern calls for..... Sometimes I have made done that to increase the size while following the pattern. Like, if there are 4 inch strips, make them 6, etc...
    Or, you can make the bargello as the center of your quilt, adding borders for the sides.
    Last edited by Blue's quilting mama; 04-06-2012 at 06:15 PM. Reason: more ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue's quilting mama View Post
    Before I say what I am thinking, I will make a comment that I have never made a bargello....
    How about if you just made the fabric pieces bigger than the pattern calls for..... Sometimes I have made done that to increase the size while following the pattern. Like, if there are 4 inch strips, make them 6, etc...
    Or, you can make the bargello as the center of your quilt, adding borders for the sides.
    I never thought of increasing the size of the pieces. Might be an option. I did find a bigger pattern thanks to woody so will wait to hear back on it. Thanks for the idea.

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    You won't get the same effect if you make the size of the pieces bigger. I would buy the queen and add borders. I had the same struggle about size a couple of months ago before I started the Surf Song bargello by Eileen Fisher. The quilt pattern is the right size for the bed, but without borders. I couldn't decide if I wanted to leave it the way it was written, change the size of the strips, leave out some fabrics, add borders... what a thought process!! I polled a couple of quilting friends and finally decided to make as the pattern suggested. I am about half way through and it's a stunning quilt. Looking forward to seeing it in it's entirety. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigigray032447 View Post
    You won't get the same effect if you make the size of the pieces bigger. I would buy the queen and add borders. I had the same struggle about size a couple of months ago before I started the Surf Song bargello by Eileen Fisher. The quilt pattern is the right size for the bed, but without borders. I couldn't decide if I wanted to leave it the way it was written, change the size of the strips, leave out some fabrics, add borders... what a thought process!! I polled a couple of quilting friends and finally decided to make as the pattern suggested. I am about half way through and it's a stunning quilt. Looking forward to seeing it in it's entirety. Good luck.
    I had to look up the Surf Song Bargello. It's a lovely quilt. Hope to see it when you are finished. I'm hoping to get the queen size pattern and will have to add some borders to make it fit the king size bed. It will probably take a while to get all the fabrics together. LOL. I think it is 24 or 26 fabrics. Good luck with your quilt.

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    i Love making Bargello quilts! i've made about a dozen of them- i have enlarged them by increasing the sizes of each individual strip---turned out ok----i have enlarged by increasing the amount of fabric/number of strips and continued the pattern---it took a few pages of graph paper & some (thinking) but it worked out pretty well-
    i've also redesigned the pattern to include new (inner) borders - as in part of the main design---border---more of the design outside the border- another border ect...that one is probably the coolest-
    the easiest way is to either buy the pattern in the size you want or add outside borders---
    what ever way you go- bargello's are fun & can really allow you to be creative- have fun with it!
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