Sunday, January 13, 2013

Something New Sampler: Modern Bargello Block

Welcome to the first block of the Something New Sampler! You can find more information in our flickr group and in the introduction post. Sew along with us for a chance to win prizes!

I'm Amy and I'll be showing you how to make this great modern bargello block. Most modern quilters dislike bargello quilts; I think they just get a bad rap and can look really striking. True to modern quilting form, I like to use negative space in bargello designs to help lead the eye.


So, onto the Bargello Block! If you participated in the Scrappy Trip Along, this will look somewhat familiar to you, as it uses a bargello method.

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block



You'll need five fabrics for this block. I used white as the "background", but a print will work as well. Cut the fabrics as follows: 

White - 8.5" x 12"
Stripes - 4.25" x 12"
Spots - 1.75" x 12"
Green - 1" x 12"
Lattice - 2" x 12"





Sew them together along the 12" sides, pressing seams open. If necessary, square up when finished. Then fold the fabric piece in half, right sides together, lining up the 12" sides of the white piece and the lattice piece. Sew along the 12" sides. Press seams open. You will now have a fabric tube. 

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block

Carefully line up the edges of the tube so it lays flat.
Next, you will slice across the tube to create a number of little tubes (to have enough fabric for this block, cut a maximum of 8 tubes). 

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block


Something New Sampler: Bargello Block

If you wold like to duplicate my block exactly, here are the widths I cut:
three 1" strips
one 1.25" strip
one 1.5" strip
three 2" strips




Next, turn the strips right side out. Arrange and rotate the strips until you have a pleasing design. (Keep in mind that you will only be able to see half of the design before the strips are cut.) The fold on the top of the strips will be the top of the block. Once you like the shape you have created, carefully cut along the fold at the top of each folded strip. (I ended up rearranging mine slightly after cutting them.)

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block

To duplicate my block, use the photo below to determine how far above the edge of the lattice fabric to cut on each strip.

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Sew the strips together. Sew them together in pairs, stitching in one direction. Then sew the pairs together by stitching in the opposite direction. Changing the direction of your stitching will help prevent drift and curving which occurs often when sewing many parallel seams.

Something New Sampler: Bargello Block

Trim down to 7.5" x 14.5".

Ta-dah!!


Something New Sampler: Bargello Block


22 comments :

  1. Clever! I've always wondered how these blocks were done.

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  2. Looks great, Amy! I love the fabrics you chose and the different size strips!

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  3. I LOVE this! Thanks so much. You are right - most Bargello quilts look uber traditional, but there are SO many different ways to make them look modern! Did you use a similar method to make that fantastic full sized black and white Bargello quilt?

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  4. wow this is really an interesting design :-). Thank you to let us know about this technique.

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  5. Thank you so much for such an easy to follow explanation! I cannot wait to try this out!!!

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  6. Great tutorial - thanks so much xxxx

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  7. Pretty cool! I had no idea about this method.

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  8. I like your take on this technique, I hope to give it a try this week.

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  9. Without realising, I made a sort of Bargello quilt for my son's Moses basket! A very simple form to be fair - but at least now it has a name!

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  10. Desconocía esta técnica...pero me apunto a hacer el bloque. Es una explicación genial. Cuando lo tenga terminado lo publicaré en Flickr.

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  11. Very cool block thanks for sharing amy!

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  12. I finished mine! It was my first attempt at bargello and I'm glad I tried. Thanks for the awesome tutorial that really took out any fear. I'll be adding my pic to the flickr group this afternoon.

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  13. SO fabulous, Amy! I had no idea that the scrappy trip along technique was actually bargello. I'll definitely have to try this some time!

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  14. I really enjoyed making this block - i haven't sewn fabric into a tube and then cut it before :)

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  15. Great tutorial thanks for showing how to sew bargello blocks

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  18. I love the randomness of the design, almost artsy! It makes me think of a Tula Pink quilt I saw on a PBS show. Your colors are just beautiful! Have you made an entire quilt or project with this square? If so, I would see it!

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  19. I love the randomness of the design, almost artsy! It makes me think of a Tula Pink quilt I saw on a PBS show. Your colors are just beautiful! Have you made an entire quilt or project with this square? If so, I would see it!

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    1. Cindy, yes I have! You can read about the finished sampler here: http://www.13spools.com/2013/07/finish-it-up-friday-something-new.html

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