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    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?

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    I am going to start one soon. Best tips I got were to stay organized with all the strips. (I found safety pins at Joanne's each with a letter so you can label fabrics easily. I also heard that once you have your pieced strips, you should alternate the end you sew from so that the quilt doesn't get "wavy."

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    yes, and no. At first it seems like a lot but once you make one or two it gets easier. :)

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    I thought it would be, but was surp4ised at how very easy they were. The very first one I made was a scrappy one using Bonnie Hunters scrappy bargello pattern. (quiltville.com)
    and I could not believe how easy it was.

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    They look harder than they are !! Some patterns are more time consuming than others, but its all straight sewing, no curves , no Y seams .
    Its a matter of staying organized . My first one I really just could not wrap my brain around the un-sewing part.... now ... I love it , one of my favorite methods. Don't know why I was reluctant when there was nothing to be scared of. Do take the time to read the directions and go step by step.
    If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam ,and cut accurately you can do it.

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    Nope less stress than trying to match points on a pinwheel! lol

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    I think a Bargello is one of the easier quilts to make. And they have so much impact. Make sure you have a sharp blade and good measuring tools. Jump in and try it!

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    Bargello quilts are not difficult at all, you just need to label your colors carefully so you don't mix yourself up.

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    They are really easy as long as you keep your sets organized. A design wall reall helps too.

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    I've only made one and had a ball doing it.

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    Have made 2 love them and all the advice about organization, alternating sewing and labeling is true. Double check things!

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    I love them, but won't do the tube method, because I HATE unsewing. So I only do strip-pieced patterns not tube patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?
    I have been thinking about having a go at one of these. I thought it would be too difficult but your responses to this question have given me the incentive to have a go. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by suecq
    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?
    I have been thinking about having a go at one of these. I thought it would be too difficult but your responses to this question have given me the incentive to have a go. Thank you
    We can both give it a try together and show our quilts once they are complete. :)

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    Not hard, just need to stay organized.

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    I've now made three and they might be my favorite pattern. Someone suggested the scrappy bargello from www.quiltville.com and they were right... it's a great starter one. Naturally, that scrappy was my third one (I didn't start with the easy one first!). The one you see pictured was my second and I made it from a wall hanging pattern I found in a magazine.

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    I have made one, but, it is all one sized blocks. I found what they call beginner quilt. Suited me just fine. I used 12 patterns,4 colors. Had DH draw me a pattern which I will enclose here. I cut the squares needed into small sandwich baggies and labeled the baggie by # which made it easier. I think the hardest part is matching seams. The pattern I am showing is for a queen sized.
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    I have made one, but, it is all one sized blocks. I found what they call beginner quilt. Suited me just fine. I used 12 patterns,4 colors. Had DH draw me a pattern which I will enclose here. I cut the squares needed into small sandwich baggies and labeled the baggie by # which made it easier. I think the hardest part is matching seams. The pattern I am showing is for a queen sized.
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    sorry for the double post

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?
    I just finished my first..my advice is start with an easy one and stay very organized with it..I thiught I was good enough to design and go advanced..it was almost my undoing..lol..I have become addicted to them and won't stop..but start slow!!

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    The past 2 episodes of Sewing With Nancy were on bargello quilts. I think you can view them online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelodyWB
    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?
    I just finished my first..my advice is start with an easy one and stay very organized with it..I thiught I was good enough to design and go advanced..it was almost my undoing..lol..I have become addicted to them and won't stop..but start slow!!
    Did you do the tubing methed (not that i know what that is. i have to look that up.)or the block methed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagarBeez
    I have made one, but, it is all one sized blocks. I found what they call beginner quilt. Suited me just fine. I used 12 patterns,4 colors. Had DH draw me a pattern which I will enclose here. I cut the squares needed into small sandwich baggies and labeled the baggie by # which made it easier. I think the hardest part is matching seams. The pattern I am showing is for a queen sized.
    What size did you make your blocks?

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    I wanted to make a bargello quilt, queen size, for my daughter, but thought maybe I would make a table runner first to practice and see just how bad it would be. To my surprise, it wasn't hard at all....actually very easy. The table runner went together in one day with no problems at all. It certainly makes the thought of a queen size one much easier. But do label all your fabrics and make a map...a small piece of all fabrics in order (each numbered)....and keep where you can see. It will help you keep track of what you are doing. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Quote Originally Posted by MelodyWB
    Quote Originally Posted by sonisew
    Are Bargello quilts difficult to make?
    I just finished my first..my advice is start with an easy one and stay very organized with it..I thiught I was good enough to design and go advanced..it was almost my undoing..lol..I have become addicted to them and won't stop..but start slow!!
    Did you do the tubing methed (not that i know what that is. i have to look that up.)or the block methed?
    I put the strata together(strip sets) and I do not put them in a tube..I leave mine flat!!

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