Bargello History

Posted by Ruth on 31 May 2012 | 4 Comments

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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.

Since Bargello Blues, I have made a number of bargellos including four seasons, Cherry Blossoms which was part of the 2004 Hoffman Challenge and Bargello Swirl my latest design.

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.

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  • I design lots of Bargellos and even have some online workshops as well as patterns to help you if you need.

    Posted by Ruth, 12/08/2016 2:26pm (4 years ago)

  • I found this site while researching bargello
    I've made one wallhanging and will make one more--well, maybe.

    Posted by jona pugsley, 08/08/2016 6:34pm (4 years ago)

  • Good luck! I love making Bargellos...

    Posted by Ruth, 12/09/2015 9:29pm (5 years ago)

  • Just getting ready to try a Bargello quilt Iam very excited

    Posted by RoseMarie Nyholt, 12/09/2015 8:46pm (5 years ago)

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