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Thread: Bargello Fabric Choices

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    I think I'm making a bargello quilt. I've gotten so far as buying fabric and cutting strips. Before I sew things together and cut the sections, I'm seeking advice on the fabric.

    Does this look like it will work? What, if anything, would you change? Speak right up!

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    Maybe you could add another color with the gold in it between white and gold on each side and another fabric with some pink and white on other side of white. Hope this makes sense, just think it will blend better,IMO! Have fun making your quilt and can't wait to see pics.

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    [quote=dkabasketlady]Maybe you could add another color with the gold in it between white and gold on each side

    I agree - the white just stands out a bit too much for my taste.

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    I agree with everyone....the whit on gold just stands out too much. I would come closer to blending them in that section and then have fun with it!!

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    The lightest purple with the dark purple leaves/flowers really jumps out at me. I would maybe replace that one.

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    My daughter thinks I should get rid of the yellow/gold all together. Instead of having two whites together, she says I should fade from dark to white and then start with the other dark.

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    The gold sided with the whites will make a distinct design in the bargello. I would suggest you snip tiny pieces from each fabric and make a mock up on paper how the bargello pattern will look with this arrangement. Or use colored pencils on graph paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    The lightest purple with the dark purple leaves/flowers really jumps out at me. I would maybe replace that one.
    How can you all see the details of the fabric? Not being able to download and get a larger inmage to look at, they all look like solids to me.

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    I'm not sure what your pattern calls for as far as colors go but I personally don't like the white and yellow in there. They will create a striping effect when you put the quilt together. But that may be what your pattern is calling for? I'm working on a bargello right now as well. My pattern calls for 20 different fabrics from 2 coordinating color groups varied from light to dark. I would have gone with blue and green because I think they're the easiest to put together and have look good in a graduated color scheme but this is for my mom and she doesn't like green so I went with pink and purple (which I personally like a lot, I just don't find it as easy to set up like it's supposed to). I agonized a couple days over the placement of fabrics and over a couple that I ended up not feeling like they went well. One thing that helped me a lot as far as value goes, I took a picture of the fabrics laid out together in black and white. It's way easier to see which color is darker or lighter when they're all in grey.

    Here's a picture of one of my strip sets. I'm not 100% happy with it but I'm hoping once I get the quilt started the fabrics will blend together better than I think they do now.

    Good luck on your quilt and I'll be looking for pictures of a finished product!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    The lightest purple with the dark purple leaves/flowers really jumps out at me. I would maybe replace that one.
    How can you all see the details of the fabric? Not being able to download and get a larger inmage to look at, they all look like solids to me.
    I can see the patterns in the fabric pretty easily, but I've got a 15" clear monitor.

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    To be clear, this is the one that's popping out at me. Though, maybe it's just me:>

    [IMG]http://img.skitch.com/20100208-fr11q...sdauf4w93j.jpg[/IMG]

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    I guess I'm odd man out, but I like the gold. When I saw it my first thought was that that would make an interesting focal point to see the "flow" of the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon - NC
    I guess I'm odd man out, but I like the gold. When I saw it my first thought was that that would make an interesting focal point to see the "flow" of the fabric.
    I like the gold too.......just not a fan of the whites.....I'd vote for replacing the whites with shades of the gold

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    I like the gold. I would add something to blend it better, like a light yellow white gold, in addition to the gold, so it doesn't jump out as much while still being a fun focal fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    To be clear, this is the one that's popping out at me. Though, maybe it's just me:>

    [IMG]http://img.skitch.com/20100208-fr11q...sdauf4w93j.jpg[/IMG]
    Boyfriend agrees with Candace. He says that one stands out, because it goes dark pink -> light pink -> white -> gold -> white -> blue/purple and the white with flowers breaks the pattern. He also said the one 2 to the left of the white with florals stands out. He likes the gold, and likes it surrounded by white.

    I've learned a long time ago to trust his taste in patterns / fabrics / colors / etc. He's annoying good at picking out great combinations

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKinCO
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon - NC
    I guess I'm odd man out, but I like the gold. When I saw it my first thought was that that would make an interesting focal point to see the "flow" of the fabric.
    I like the gold too.......just not a fan of the whites.....I'd vote for replacing the whites with shades of the gold
    Hmmm, I like that idea. Nix the 2 whites and the white with purple, and do all golds. I like that

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    Well, I've nixed the gold and reshuffled the purples. We shall see what happens now.

    Thanks for the help. My daughter is very smug that most of you agreed with her about the gold!

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    I must say that the gold jumped out at me too! Adding more golds would blend it better. But I also agree with Candace - the purple on white print is the only fabric that doesn't 'read' as a solid. But I'll end by saying that I've never made a bargello so have no idea what effect you should be aiming for at this stage (got a couple of patterns on order though!) so if I were you, I wouldn't pay any attention to what I say! :lol:

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    I don't have a pattern. I'm just winging it. It's one of my many bad habits. Some day I'm going to actually use one. I'm sure it will solve many problems.

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    I think the whites stick out. Maybe replace one of them with another gold and a couple lighter blues to blend with the others. Anything with alot of white in it will stand out more and not blend quite as much.

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