~The Incredible Scrappy Bargello Quilt!~
(Get ready to make a BIG dent in the scrap stash!)
Quilts made of only one
shape, be it a square,
triangle, hexagon, or others have been around since the beginning of
I have always been amazed at how one simple unit, such as the lowly
can be used in so many different ways! Tho known by many names, quilts
made with a simple one size square are timeless: One Patch, Trip Around
The World, Sunshine and Shadow, Boston Commons, Postage Stamp, even 9
4 patch, 16 patch etc.....the fascination for quilters remains the
The colors may change, the light/dark values may change, but a quilt
with one simple square will always stand as a testimony to the
essence of quilting....to make something with so much beauty from such
odd left overs..all from one little square!
Quilted and bound!
am ALWAYS looking for quick, fun
use up lots of odds and ends. I think I will go through life
to use up all these abundant odds and ends, never making a dent in the
big pieces I have collected! There must be something true in the saying
that scraps never totally go away, they have a tendancy to multiply
quilt is a good one for using up
really ugly stuff. And since fabrics are placed randomly...it is almost
magic how everything just looks GOOD together, no matter how yuck you
that old print is, or that weird colored solid, etc....
The quilt center will measure 48X64
you will need 128 2-1/2"X16" strips. You can get several strips
of a Fat Quarter...or you can dig through your scraps and cut what you
have got into useable sized pieces. This is what I did, because I
was using up *odd ball* stuff. The leftovers from trimming the
to 16" lengths will be saved for other scrap quilts...probably 4
and 9 patches! (I also used the leftovers in making the braided border,
panel....stitch 32 strips together randomly as shown into one long
length. Try as best as you can to keep the edges even on at least ONE
edge of the panel. There may be some fabric "scooting" but that's okay.
I find it helpful to at least always match the CENTER of each strip to
keep the panel straight.
Now comes the fun part...take the bottom of the panel, and sew it to
top of the panel with right sides together, so you are forming a
If you have ever sewn a strip pieced trip around the world quilt, this
will sound familiar to you. If not, TRUST ME!!
CAREFULLY fold your tube so it is straight and flat....align the edges
as best as you can, and trim off the edge so it is straight. Cut
the panel-tube into SIX 2-1/2" Sections.
If you find your tube is too unwieldy for
you to fold straight, don't sew the last seam that turns the panel into
a tube. Leave that one undone for now. Grasp the panel
16th and 17th strips, holding it by the seam and letting the ends fall.
Shake it out...this will help align your panel. Fold it carefully and
cut into SIX 2-1/2" sections as above.
Set one of the strips aside to use as your first "uphill" or "downhill"
strip, and then take the other 5 strips and sew the last square to the
first square with right sides together so you are forming loops as if
you HAD cut them all from a tube. I find this helpful the longer my
panels are. It helps keep my squares straighter.
Now comes the fun
part!!! Take one
strips of squares that you just cut....and choose a square you would
to be the top left hand corner of your panel. (Or, this is your 1st set
aside strip from the ***HINT*** section mentioned previously)
Carefully undo the
seam between that square and the one above it.....opening the strip
one long length. This first panel is an UPHILL panel...meaning
will move the second square down up into the top position with the next
strip....and unpick the seam so the OLD top square becomes the next
square..etc... (Is this confusing? Does this pic help??)
proceedure for all 6 strips in the panel and stitch them together,
matching seams...press well.
the DOWNHILL panels you will do the reverse, moving
the top square in the first strip down in the next strip, so it is in
the position of the second square, and what WAS the bottom square on
the first strip, now becomes the top square on the second strip.
has 4 Panels....2 up hill, 2 down hill....
4 panels and stitch together. Press and add borders. Quilt
bind as desired! And dont forget a label for posterity!
4" borders to the lap quilt above... If you
really ambitious and want to make the large quilt....you will need over
360 2 1/2"X 16" strips! Make your panels 46 strips long for a 92"
length. My large quilt has 6 panels with 6 rows (3 uphill 3 downhill)
two side panels with 4 rows....for a total of 88" wide.
that Hurricane Katrina hit. I am
making quilts for refugees like crazy. I just feel the need to do
something MORE than just click a button on the computer to send money.
I have a bin of 3" scrap strips, and with a bit of math and
figuring have revamped the Scrappy Bargello to work with these larger
This quilt finishes at
72X82. This is perfect since the
Red Cross is asking for twin size.
this quilt I used 112 strips cut
3"X20". Each panel is
made from 28 strips. The panels measure 15"X70". 4 panels make a quilt
center that is 60X70. I added a 2" cut inner black border, and a 5" cut
outer purple border to finish the top. The construction is exactly the
same as for the quilt made with the 2.5 strips above!
2008: Super Bowl Bargello! The email@example.com
a bargello-sew-a-thon on Superbowl Sunday! I was able to complete this
top in one day...
a couple smaller ones! Baby
was made for my friend Jill and her newborn son Justin! To make the
quilt size, Make your panels from 20 strips...each with 5 stairsteps
of 6. The quilt will be 40X40 before borders.
While in Lancaster PA I picked up a bunch of Amish Solids. I
wanted to use them ALL in a small wall quilt, and I played around with
the scrappy bargello to come up with this quilt! I used 1 1/2" strips
30 strips in each panel. 5 stair steps to each panel! I want to hand quilt
this one...but for now it
hanging on my design wall because I like looking at it so much!
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