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Thread: Bargello

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    Bargello

    I love these quilts, but they look SOOOO difficult to make. I have seen the pictures of the beautiful ones board members have made. How hard are they to make? I have been quilting for a little over two years. I guess I would consider myself an "advanced beginner"

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    I've made quite a few bargello quilts and they are not hard, but you do have to pay strict attention and make sure you sew the strips in exactly the same order. I bought a couple of books, one easy to understand and one I still don't understand. I made a sample quilt before I started on the one you see pictured here. This was the second bargello I ever did and I designed the king size from a wall hanging pattern I found in a magazine. I recently bought the fabric to make a wave bargello for our bedroom. You are more than welcome to contact me if you need help.

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    They really are easier than they look. It's all straight lines

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    I made one, there is a pattern for newbies that I followed where all strips were the same.
    I never believe in the word can't,unless you've tried

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    if you pick a simple one they arent hard at all one off my first quilts was a bargello. ive made two so far and am working on a third right now.

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    I made one using only a Billie Lauder video posted on Quilter's TV. It turned out well. I think the hardest part is fabric choice

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    Bargello Quilt.....on my bucket list

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    I just printed a very easy-looking bargello pattern from the www.clothworkstextiles.com site. It doesn't have varying widths of strips and it is just a zigzag. But it gives an idea about how they're laid out. Might be worth a look.
    If I'm too busy to quilt, something else has to go.

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    They are easier than they look. I put off doing one for years. I just could not wrap my brain around sewing strips into a tube .. and then unsewing/taking stitches out . Once I did my first one , and yes the first few strips where a brain challenge... I loved it. The sewing was the easy part.
    Just take it slow till your brain adjusts to the new method. Stay organized ! I have a large bulletin board I use for my strips sets. It helps to keep them organized and going in the right direction.
    Try a lap size for your first one. Its a great method! Make this a New Years resolution!

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    I recently finished a bargello for my daughter ( http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...g-t157075.html ) and had a great time with it. It required 24 different fabrics which was the hardest and most time consuming process. I don't think it would be that difficult for you, just take your time with the fabrics (small prints work better) and make a small project such as a table runner first (I made two) to perfect the different techniques required for a bargello. The actual construction was pretty fast....I think it took longer to make the strip sets than anything else. I also numbered each fabric in order and tacked it on the wall in front of my sewing machine for easy reference...you will be checking it often. I also didn't cut strips ahead of what I needed for the next 2 or 3 and it saved me lots of confusion. Those are just a couple of my tips....there are more if you decide you want to make one. Give it a go....you will be happy you did!

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    Not hard at all!!! Ditto what everyone else said and also when you sew your strips together alternate between sewing from the top down and from the bottom up, it will keep your strips even and prevent them from bowing.
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    I agree with Lori S. I made several years ago when they first came out and found them not difficult at all, just got to pay attention and keep track. Go for it you will love it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    They are easier than they look. I put off doing one for years. I just could not wrap my brain around sewing strips into a tube .. and then unsewing/taking stitches out . Once I did my first one , and yes the first few strips where a brain challenge... I loved it. The sewing was the easy part.
    Just take it slow till your brain adjusts to the new method. Stay organized ! I have a large bulletin board I use for my strips sets. It helps to keep them organized and going in the right direction.
    Try a lap size for your first one. Its a great method! Make this a New Years resolution!
    Sewbeadit
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    go for it, bargello in the round was my 2nd.quilt to make.I have sewed all my life but never was interested in quilting
    until I retired,I've been quilting about four yrs,if I can do it you can to.
    d.swindle

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