|Twisted Bargello, the top is finished|
but that's as far as I got.
I wanted an easy quilt but something more than a simple strip set, to challenge the skills of the new quilters without making life TOO difficult. The aim is to encourage, not discourage.
I put together a small stack of things that I had in the drawer, where I had at least four strips of each fabric. Here's my pallet.
|Start with dark brown, through beige, to light with a blue|
print, and end up with the teal/blue on the other end.
Then you make 'twosies' as they say on Fons and Porter... making sure you line up one end of the strip consistently. The other end may or may not meet, but that doesn't matter.
Once you have all the strips you're using sewn into a set, you cut them apart across the sewn seams, How big or small you cut them is up to you.
If you want lots of movement, you cut them different sizes, anywhere from an inch wide to three inches wide for example, with increments of a half inch, and your strips can move from large to small to large to small to -- well, you get it. That's what was done in my wall hanging.
If you want a very even spread, you cut them the same size as your original strips. In my case that is what I chose. It's a beginner's bargello, and I'm trying to make it simple and use it as a teaching tool - Bargello 101.
After the strips are cut (or before if you wish) you sew the two end strips together to make a tube. Here the dark brown and the dark teal are joined.
Then on one strip, you open the seam between the pieces one strip away from the end color, in either direction. On another strip, you open the seam two colors away, on another you open the seam three colors away, etc. Do some in either direction. A good tip is to number your colors, for example my number one is dark brown, number two is a swirly print that looks like melted chocolate, number three is argyle, number four is a small brown floral, etc. Then lay them out as you cut them with the strips in numerical order, so those beginning with fabric 1 in the first stack, those beginning with fabric 2 in the second, and so on.
When you sew the strips together, you line up the strips in the order in which you cut them, so the color on the end is always the same as the color one block up (or down) on the strip next to it. Or the strip ending in color 1 followed by the strip ending in color 2, followed by the strip ending in color 3... you can start with any strip number, just go up or down from there.
On one end you can see my dark brown in the corner, then the swirly brown, then the argyle.
On the other end of the strip, the dark teal is in the corner, then the dk brown, then the swirly.
At some point, you will reverse the order to create the peaks that are typical of bargello.
I think we can do some interesting color progressions with this stash, don't you think? They all look pretty piled up like that. Why not have a bunch of them in the same quilt?
Wish me luck...sew on!