The Free Motion Quilting Project: Introduction to Bargello Craftsy Class

Friday, June 13, 2014

Introduction to Bargello Craftsy Class

It's time for a Craftsy class review! One class I've had on my list to watch is Introduction to Bargello with Karen Gibbs because the projects in this class look so beautiful and fun:

Madison Star Quilt by Karen Gibbs
I saw saw the title card version of this Madison Star quilt at spring market and immediately recognized it from the Craftsy class. It's just as bold and showy as a lone star quilt, but the bargello piecing technique makes it much more like a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes.

So what is bargello exactly? Originally this began as an hand embroidery style, but it's translated nicely to quilting in the form of strip piecing. Piece multiple strips together, then cut the strip collection into strips, then piece THOSE back together and...well it might be a better idea just to join the class and let Karen explain the details!

Watching the class this week, I found myself itching with the impulse to go buy a jelly roll to try out some of the cool projects in this class. Karen has used bargello piecing to create amazing drama and texture in her quilts. I never thought to make half square triangles or try reverse applique with this technique, but she used both in this dramatic Something About Paris quilt.

What's nice about this quilt is it's not super fiddly or exact. Karen's designed the pattern with plenty of "fudge" room where even if the piecing isn't quite perfect, you're still going to produce a gorgeous quilt.

So if you're in the mood to learn a fun piecing technique that will add amazing drama to your quilts, definitely check out Introduction to Bargello today! Click here to save 25% on this class!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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