I love making Bargello quilts. Even more so, I love teaching others to make them. I have several classes that are very popular, from beginners to advanced quilting. Today I wanted to share a little bit of bargello history with you and show you where I began my bargello journey.
Bargello Quilts originated from needlepoint. History shows bargello needlepoint designs as far back as the 16th century, which was known as Florentine, Flame or Hungarian point. In more recent years, it has been adapted into a quilting technique with endless possibilities for designs.
The following photo shows my very first experience with Bargello needlepoint. It is a small makeup purse that I stitched as a teenager during a course I was taking in embroidery. I certainly enjoyed the technique back then, but who would have thought it would be the starting point of a wonderful experience in creating bargello quilts?
Makeup purse I stitched in bargello needlepoint design
After learning in needlepoint, I moved onto bargello quilting. My first bargello design which was the first bargello quilt I made was Bargello Blues. I designed this in the early 1990's and later developed into an online class and pattern. They both are still extremely popular today.
At Arbee Designs, the month of June is our Bargello month where not one, not two, but all of my bargello patterns are reduced. Check them out.