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Thread: My Asian Bargello WIP

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    Senior Member aeble's Avatar
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    I know I haven't finished piecing the top yet, but I'm already really excited about how I plan on quilting this one.

    I'm planning on doing a large dragon in each of the corners, and a really large koi fish (*sp?) in the center. For the rest of the space, I was thinking a really basic Sashiko style stitch to not draw away from the rest of the quilting design, but kind of sticks to the theme of the fabrics.

    Also, if anyone has any links for a really nice koi fish or dragon, I'm still searching for the perfect ones.

    This is my first Bargello. Do you think the quilting I have in mind will make it look too busy? I plan on doing it by hand with a dark blue cotton thread. (Maybe this is why it usually takes me so long to complete a quilt.)

    Thanks for taking the time to take a look at what I'm working on! I'm really looking forward to all the insight you have to share.

    Please don't mind the wave, I have something under the top.
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    WOW! That's gorgeous!
    Dark blue will be a wonderful addition!
    Nice job!

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    WOW, can't wait to see it actually finished

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    This quilt is going to be beautiful but I am worried that you won't really see the quilting designs at all in the busy-ness of the bargello and all the fabric. It would be a shame to do all that work and not hardly be able to see it. My experience with quilting on busy prints is the quilting just doesn't show. Your idea is divine but I think it would be better saved for a plainer fabric so the koi and dragon really show! Then again, you could back it with a solid plain fabric and they would really show from the back.

    Edited to add, for hand quilting it will be difficult going through all the seams of a bargello as well. I hate to sound like I am raining on your parade or being all negative, this is just my experience.

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    I would be excited too , its looking really good!

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    Looking quite beautiful!

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    Your asian prints are beautiful. I agree with the majority that your prints say more than your custom quilting would.

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    Will be beautiful!!! Can't wait to see it done'!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    This quilt is going to be beautiful but I am worried that you won't really see the quilting designs at all in the busy-ness of the bargello and all the fabric. It would be a shame to do all that work and not hardly be able to see it. My experience with quilting on busy prints is the quilting just doesn't show. Your idea is divine but I think it would be better saved for a plainer fabric so the koi and dragon really show! Then again, you could back it with a solid plain fabric and they would really show from the back.

    Edited to add, for hand quilting it will be difficult going through all the seams of a bargello as well. I hate to sound like I am raining on your parade or being all negative, this is just my experience.
    I do have a solid red background in mind so I think the design would pop there. Good point on the difficulty of the hand quilting. Maybe I should consider having it done by machine by someone or rethink how I would quilt it.

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    It's beautiful

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    I love the Asian fabrics and the colours. I think the quilting should be very subtle, maybe fans, all over and keep your dragon and Koi fish for a plainer pieced quilt. Your ideas are very creative and whatever you decide to do will be beautiful.

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    Can't wait to see it finished !!! Love the colors !

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    You've managed to pull it off thus far, the quilt is beautiful! Someone once said to me as a new mother- listen to all the advise given but in the end it's your baby! Can't wait to see which way you go with this.

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    Looking good. Please keep us posted.

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    look left =D

    Japanese Koi tattoo.

    I also have a Japanese Red Fire dragon tat...yes, I do. (get wonderful compliments on it from all ages and backgrounds)

    LOVE the quilt and the colors, like others, can't wait to see it finished

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    Have you considered adding a wide enough red or other solid color border so you can hand quilt the designs around the border? Would it enhance the quilt top or take away from the Bargello design? Your hand-quilting effort would be visible on both sides of the quilt - antique gold metallic type quilting thread is a thought - I know this type of thread is available for machine quilters, but not sure if it can be used for hand-quilting. Just a thought.....

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    Love your colours. Never thought to do one with Asian prints. I will have to have a look at my stash.

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    Beautiful!

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