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Photo of Neptune's Realm. Photo of Season's of My Imagination.
Neptune's Realm Seasons of My
Imagination

Color-Shift Bargello Quilts and Wall Hangings

After making my bargello jackets and vests for four years, I had a lot of left over strips sewn into color families of eight shades from light to dark. I had an idea of what to do with them but had not acted on it until my father had to start dialysis and my sister-in-law suggested I make him a quilt to take with him. So I made a large lap quilt using just my leftovers. I laid out a bargello line on graph paper. I then sewed together several color families and, using the tube method shown in the available books on bargello quilts, I began to piece the design on a base of backing and a flat cotton batting basted together. Working from the center toward the edges, I used a sew and flip method to add each strip so the machine quilting shows only on the back side of the quilt. When I ran out of one group of color families, I simply shifted to another group. And so was born my color shift bargello quilts.

I work in two scales for the color-shift bargellos. The larger scale starts with strips 2" wide for making my color families. Then, when cutting the different size strips from the tubes, the narrowest strips are cut 1” wide. The smaller scale starts with strips 1-1/2" wide, and the narrowest strips cut from the tubes are 7/8" wide.

After doing several purely abstract color shift bargello quilts, I decided to do scenic ones. Seasons of My Imagination is made using the smaller scale and Neptune’s Realm is made using the larger scale.

Photo of "Midnight Cityscape."
Midnight Cityscape

Abstract and scenic color-shift bargello quilts can be made in most any size. The larger scale will be close to a multiple of 11 inches in length and can be any width. The smaller scale will be close to a multiple of 7 inches in length and can be any width. Pieces up to about 65” by 65” will be done by building it on a base so the machine quilting shows on the back side of the quilt. Larger pieces or bed quilts will be pieced as a top and then layered and machine quilted using machine quilting by a colleague of mine.


Large-Scale Color-Shift Bargello Quilts

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Photo of Large-Scale Bargello Design #1.
Large-Scale #1
In my large-scale color-shift bargello quilts, I begin with 2" strips when making my color families. Then, when cutting the different width strips the other direction, the smallest cut strips are 1" wide for a finished width of about 1/2". This scale is appropriate for larger wall-hangings and full-bed quilts. The length of these pieces would be close to a multiple of 11" while it can be any width. I charge $125 a square foot for this scale.

Photo of Large-Scale Bargello Design #2. Photo of Large-Scale Bargello Design #3. Photo of Large-Scale Bargello Design #4.
Large-Scale #2 Large-Scale #3 Large-Scale #4

Small-Scale Color-Shift Bargello Quilts


In my small-scale color-shift bargello quilts, I begin with 1 1/2" strips when making my color families. Then when cutting the different width strips the other directions, the smallest cut strips are 7/8" wide for a finished width of about 1/4". This scale is appropriate for small wall-hangings or where greater detail is wished such as in Seasons of My Imagination. The length of these pieces would be close to a multiple of 7" while it can be any width. I charge $175 a square foot for this scale.
Photo of Small-Scale Bargello Design #1.
Small-Scale #1
Photo of Small-Scale Bargello Design #2. Photo of Small-Scale Bargello Design #3.
Small-Scale #2 Small-Scale #3
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