Dramatic Bargello

Who knew you could make such a dramatic Bargello wallhanging from half of a Jelly Roll (twenty 2.5in strips)? Make it in a day using fast and easy techniques. All straight line sewing giving the illusion of curves is “sew” clever and great fun to make. Emphasise the curves with walking foot quilting and discuss thread, needles, and batting to add drama!

Welcome to the world of Bargello, a style of quilt that is reminiscent of the Op Art of the 1960s, filled with movement and the illusion of depth thanks to the placement of the fabric’s colour and value. In fact, they’re inspired by a type of straight stitch embroidery found in the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy. Deceptively complex-looking, bargello quilts are easy enough for beginners, and easier still combined with precut strips of 2½” wide fabric.

This workshop shows you how to match seams in traditional bargello.

Book: Jelly Roll Bargello. Publication date July 2018. Available from Landauer Publishing USA.