Is it a Bargello?

Posted by on 28 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Bargello Swirl by Ruth Blanchet made using Hoffman FabricsThis quilt is circular as you can see but are you aware that there are no curved pieces to be cut or stitched? This suits me! I'm not into curved piecing at all! The whole project is straight pieced..... and yes, it is a Bargello Quilt.

So how is it made? Using a wedge ruler and all straight edges. Most students select the 9-degree wedge ruler but there are a number of difference sized rulers that can be used. All have slightly different instructions for this type of project, all of which I include in my workshop. If you need straightforward instructions for a 9-degree ruler, then the pattern may be better suited for you.

When I designed this particular Bargello, I use Hoffman Fabrics and it was displayed in the Hoffman Fabric Booth at Quilt Market a few years back for everyone to see. It is always nice to see a big company as Hoffman Fabrics accepting a quilt I've made. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I'm just a huge fan of their fabrics.

Of course, any fabrics will work wonderfully with this design but I do recommend good quality patchwork fabric. You can sew much more accurate seams, the fabric stays in shape and all those seams definitely sit flatter in the center. Selecting the colors and the color order is also another challenge we work through in the workshop.

Here's a short video of some of the Circular Bargellos previous students have made in my class.

About Circular Bargello Workshop: Afraid of all those small pieces? Don't be - this design is strip pieced. No circles or arches to cut, all straight piecing. Join our class and find out how much easier it is to make than it looks. Suitable for intermediate to advance quilters. Read more... 

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