Sunday, August 2, 2009

BQL July Challenge




This is the quilt that I made for the British Quilt List calendar challenge for July. The design was for a bargello quilt and I originally had a hard time thinking of what colors to use. Then I started reflecting that it was a quilt for July and, since I live in the US, maybe I should do red, white and blue!!! So, I pulled out all of my Americana fabrics that have been sitting around for years and started to play.

I was careful to keep all of the stripes running the same direction and especially made sure that the hearts were vertical and not horizontal!!! What I didn't remember, was that when you do bargello, you sew the strips together and cut across the strip set and re-sew the new strips together. I am sure that you can see where I am headed......I still managed to get the hearts going sideways and the stripes running the wrong direction!!!!

Oh well, I actually liked how the big red, white and blue stripe looks like a firecracker with the firework fabric being the "pop" at the end.

So, as with most things, it all worked out for the best!!!!

I have to add a cute comment here.....in our charity bee, we often take dull-ish fabrics and sew them into large strips and then cross-cut them into 5 strips and "bargello" them to give the quilt a bit more interest. One of our members had never heard the term "bargello" and she thought that we said "Bordello". So, after a good laugh, we now "bordello" striped quilts that need a pick-me-up!! I guess in that context, the word still works!!!!

Bye for now.

1 comment:

maggi said...

I think that the arrangement tends to draw you in and make you look more carefully. The firecracker effect is fantastic.

Bordello quilting - hmm, now that conjures up some images!!

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