Monday, January 16, 2017

From this to this!

  I showed this set of strips last week.....unsewn.   I should say that I used 27 different floral fabrics to build the strata from dark to light.  I only used one width of fabric cut.  Although some fabrics were FQ and I did have to sew a couple of cuts together to get close to the full width.    I made random sub-cuts in widths from 2 1/2'' , 2'', and  1 1/2''.    So from this..................................

..........to THIS!  All the strips were sewn over the weekend.  I warned that the width would shrink, and it did.  It is now 30'' wide by 42''long.      That is just the nature of this bargello style design ----  small pieces and lots of seams.  Plus it is always a surprise when you see the blend of the fabrics.  No matter how much you think you have it planned and arranged, it is always a little surprising to see it come together.    This one has a floating feel to it.  And an impression of a garden blooming on a hillside.   I will let it live and breath a little until I decide on the border color.

    While I was pressing the florals, I was reading thru my Projects list that hangs on the cabinet.  Since mid-December, I have made good progress.  I love marking thru items and putting up big fat check marks!   A couple of things are finished, and only one project listed is left that needs to be worked on.    So design time is slated for later this week.  I need some mindless sewing for this afternoon....string piecing it is.   Happy stitching.

14 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie - what a stunning bargello! Yes, it does look like a hillside full of flowers, I love the movement in this beauty and the fabrics you've used.

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  2. Not only does it float, it looks three-dimensional on my screen!

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  3. Your description is spot on--a floating feel and like a garden on a hillside. Beautiful, Debbie!

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  4. Flowers amidst early morning fog, simply beautiful!

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  5. It does float - alway fascinating how things change once a seam is added.

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  6. I love your floating bargello. It does look like a garden! I, too,love checking things off a list. What is that??? Only one project to go is definitely cause for a celebration of design time! ~Jeanne

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  7. The bargello is just what I needed to see after so much gray! It is stunning. Do you think there is a way to make a longer one? If you used two WOF seamed short ends together? I only made one bargello- a queen size one, heart, that is on my bed. It almost killed me getting it together over 5 years ago.

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  8. I always have that same feeling when I do the trip around the world pattern too. The strata is pretty to start with but is a surprise when cut up and resewn. If you turn this one on its side it will have a gentler slope to the hill. So much fun!

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  9. Beautiful--leave it to a quilter to grow a garden in winter! :o)

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  10. Барджелло-акварель очень и хороша!

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  11. That is gorgeous! You have such a great eye for putting those floral values together.

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  12. Beautiful! One day I will do a bargello quilt. Like you list, out there to keep on track.

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  13. Gorgeous. I did a bargello style table runner in Christmas fabrics many years ago. It was done Quilt as you Go and the backing came around to the front to form the binding. Unfortunately that fabric was dark blue and has faded bdly. I keep looking at it trying to figure out how I could replace the binding, but haven't followed through.

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  14. My daughter in law is drawn to quilts like that. Each time she has seen one (while with me) she points it out. If she ever finishes college (maybe this summer??) I might send her a pattern and some fabrics, and she might make one for herself.

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