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Thread: Need advice on quilting a bargello

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    I am hoping to finish this by July 23--the wedding day. It is meant to be a sofa throw and is 72x72. I would like to piece the back a little so that it still looks cool when not folded up. I still have strips left over so thought about 8" strips at the edge of a central 56" x56" square. I am worried that in the process of quilting it those parts would look "off". I would welcome any suggestions about the best way to quilt it.

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    Beautiful")

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    Love it, the colors are very appealing!

    Kat

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    Really pretty! Going to be a lovely wedding gift.

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    I love to see bargello quilts quilted with the pattern. So you would sew a line with the color rows. one line through each. Let me see if I can find an example of what I am talking about.

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    Thanks. Hope to get started soon:)

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    It is beautiful!! The quilting part is not my strong point!!!

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    I like to quilt bargellos following the squares of a color , sewing in the middle of each color square just going from intersection to intersection or point to point. It gives a greater sence of movement. Start at the edge at a seam go that color going to the next seam intersection continue on in the same color.

    There are some great examples :
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2278

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    I'm slow to catch on here. I'm thinking you mean through the middle of each set of color whether zigging up or down. So how does one handle the apex of the curve? Just stop at the middle and go down?

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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Yes I think you do get it, just not stark straight stiff lines. Softer curved sweeping lines.

    Like this only better
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    Beautiful colors in your bargello.

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    I'd probably quilt hearts all over it but in a color of thread that does not standout. Especially because it is for a wedding.
    judy

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    I think that looks like a great idea!! I think I might be able to finish it even with hand quilting it. Any suggestions about the 8" border? I had planned to use the cream color for the backing and so to make it match the pieced part of the top will have to sew two cream pieces together to make it 56"x56" and then add the 8" strips all around to match the 8" top border so final size adds up to 72x72.

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    Nice quilt...I love your color choices!

    Eddie has a closeup picture of how he quilted his...it shows what some of the others were trying to describe.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35462-1.htm

    If I understand correctly, you want to add the extra strips to the back and wonder how they will look once quilted. Is that what you are asking? If so, I wouldn't worry about matching the quilting on the backside. It would be nearly impossible to get them to line up exactly as on the front. I frequently add strips either solid or pieced to the back and don't even consider them when quilting the front. They always look fine. :)

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    It is Beautiful! Love your bargello!!:thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCtheNaNa
    I think that looks like a great idea!! I think I might be able to finish it even with hand quilting it. Any suggestions about the 8" border? I had planned to use the cream color for the backing and so to make it match the pieced part of the top will have to sew two cream pieces together to make it 56"x56" and then add the 8" strips all around to match the 8" top border so final size adds up to 72x72.
    You could just extend the lines from the center out into the border.

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    It is beautiful.

    When you have a linear design, normally a curvatious quilt design will look great. Use a thread that blends and go for it. Meandering would be great. Don't let the quilting take over the quilt. Let it just be there in the background.

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    You have made a beautiful Bargello. I love the fabrics you chose. I am learning from this post in regards to the quilting. Thank you for helping us all grow and learn from your experience. They will love the quilt. It is so pretty.

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    Beautiful quilt!! I'm so glad you asked this question!

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    Pretty!!

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    Your quilt is very beautiful, I like the idea of quilting with hearts, especially since it is for a wedding. I think the back will look great no matter how you quilt the front.

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    WOW-I too am in process of piecing strips for my 1st Bargello also & this thread has already answered a few of my questions. Yours is Beautiful & the Bride & Groom will love it!!

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    Awesome

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    Thanks to all for the advice. I just finished pinning the sandwich and have decided to try machine quilting it. Just wondering where to start. When hand quilting you start in the middle and work outward. Are the rules different for machine quilting? Should I take it apart and spray baste it? NOW I think to ask this question :roll: Also I have an industrial Consew walking foot that I have never used with this lightweight of thread. I'm scared :shock: Did some trial runs. Might be ok. Any comments?

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