First, I want to say THANK YOU to all the hints and suggestions and encouragement offered by members on the board. Without you all, I'd be a frustrated quilt top creator! This is my fourth quilt top and I am still honing my skills on accurate fabric cutting and consistent seams. Members who struggle with the same issues as I do or have overcome those issues were very helpful when asked about how to match up the seams on my bargello. I probably worked more diligently on this top than the previous three. I also feel many more bargellos in my future!
Never having done a bargello, let alone very many quilts, I decided to practice doing one. Looking at some examples, it seemed that making my own pattern wasn't going to be too difficult. Using QuiltAssistant, I created a design and painstakingly colored in all those little squares before I realized I could enlarge the grid. Gosh, all the squinting was unnecessary.
I picked a few fabrics (6) that I wouldn't miss too badly if I screwed up the quilt top. It was just enough fabric for the 30 x 30 grid with enough left over for goofs. I was surprised at how little waste of fabric there was. I was doing ok until, while sewing the strips together, the seams weren't all matching up. What now? :idea: Of course!!! Turn to the Quilting Board!!!
Cut sew cut sew cut sew and lots of advice from you wonderful quilters and here is the result:
My practice blue bargello
Points aren't too bad