Make a Bargello Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Make a Bargello Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got such a fun project for you today. I’m so excited about this because
today we’re going to master the Bargello. So years ago, and I mean a lot of years, there
was an Amish girl who came to our church and taught a class on the Bargello quilt. And
it was one of those things that I thought I could never do and I did it. And then I’ve
never done it since because it wasn’t really easy. So I wanted to make it easy and doable
for you. And this really is an easy quilt once you tie it into a pre cut. So you can
see I’m surrounded by them on the set here. And one of the reasons that is is because
once we made one we had to see what another one looked like and another one looked like
and everybody got really excited about it. And we started putting them together. I think
there’s actually been about seven of them made. They’re so fun. So we’ve arranged
this around a pre cut roll and that’s what makes it easier. Because for me the hard part
was the color. So this is a purple one that we made. And it is, let’s see what color
this is, Lavender Fields palette. This is our Lagoon palette right here. And this one
over here is, is, is scraps and even the contrast fabric is scraps. And they did some different
designs on this. So I’m going to show you how. And I just hope, I just hope that you
love it because it makes the Bargello really easy and doable. So to make this quilt what you’re going
to need is one roll of 2 ½ inch strips and we have used Lush Lagoon by Kona Cotton for
Robert Kaufman. And you can see it’s beautiful. You’re also going to ¾ of a yard of a contrasting
fabric and that’s this fabric right here or this fabric right here. But it’s ¾ of
a yard of a contrasting fabric. And then we put a little border on this one right behind
me, ¾ of a yard on this little border. Our binding, for the binding we just used leftover
strips. So there’s enough to make it all. Alright so let’s get right into this. So
when you’re ready to make your quilt, one of my favorite things about pre cuts is that
they’re generally stacked in colorways, color families. And with these solid rolls
you get from light to dark. And that’s done for you. So you may not know this but that’s
a really hard thing for me. I have a hard time seeing shade differentiations. And I’ll
be like, oh no this is lighter and then Natalie will say, no, no, no it’s not. You know
and so they’ve done it for us. We open the roll and it rolls out like this. Then what
you need is three strips of each color. So if you’re doing this with a patterned roll
you don’t need exactly the same strips, you just need three reds and they can be different
patterns. You know three blues, three greens, this sort of thing. And so we’ve got three
of each marked. And if you have one like this one where it has four, you’re just going
to pull that extra one off like this and you’re going to use that for your binding. That’s
going to be part of your binding so we’ll just slide this guy out of here and he’s
going to be part of our binding. Alright now just how they come off. You can
see right here. Just how they come off the roll, we’re going to sew them together that
way in long strip sets. One, we’re going to take one strip from each color grouping
and we’re going to sew them together. So we’re going to take one from the one just
like this. We’re going to make three strip sets basically is what I’m trying to tell
you here. So we’re going to take one of these and one of the next one and one of the
next one and we’re going to sew those together up one side, down the other and make strip
sets. One through 12 colors from dark to light. And I’ve got one right here that I’m going
to show you. Let me just move this over here. So here’s our dark to light strip set. Alright.
You’re going to make three of these. Now the first two we’re going to leave big and
we’re going to put, cut a nine inch piece from our contrasting fabric and put it right
in the middle of two of these. The third strip we’re going to cut in half. So that it becomes
a long strip set as well. And it’s just going to help add to the width of our quilt. So what we’re going to do now, we’ve used
a dark contrast so we’re going to take that and we’re going to put that to our lightest
strip. So here we are with our lightest strip so we have one through 12, light to dark.
And we’re going to have one through 12, light to dark on this side as well. So let
me show you, I’ve got my small strip over here that I’ve cut in half. And it’s right
over here. Alright so this is cut in half and we’re going to add our small, our nine
inch piece right to the middle of it. So we’re going to go light to dark this way and light
to dark this way. Now before we do this I want to tell you one thing. There are, if
you sew them together one through 12 on both sides you’re going to have two darks that
meet in the middle because eventually this is going to be a tube. And so you only want
to put the darkest dark on one side. So that will make more sense in a minute. But let’s
go over to the sewing machine. I’m going to lay this right on here and we’re going
to sew this side and we’re going to sew it to the other side as well. So we’re going
to sew a quarter of an inch down the side. The quarter of an inch is pretty important
in this. It’s not important that it’s perfect; it’s important that you’re consistent.
So let’s go ahead and sew this down. Just like this. And then we’re going to take
our other strip set and sew it right to the other side. You’re going to do this on your
big one as well. So there’s that one. And we’re going to take this one right here,
line it up on the edge and sew it to that side. So here we are. We’re going to sew
this right along here. Alright. Make sure they stay nice and lined up. And watch your
quarter of an inch. Alright, now we’re going to press this. And when I press this I, you
know you can press it anyway you want because basically when you start putting them together
you’re going to have to press, repress your strips so they go in opposite directions.
So you’re just going to iron this so that it lays nice and flat because you’ll have
to re-iron when you, when we cut the strips, you’ll iron them all going one direction
or the other. So now you’ll see on this one. So I have
one through 11 on this side and one through 12 on this side. This is that dark strip I
was talking about. You want to make sure that you don’t have two dark strips at the top,
just one. And we’re going to sew these together to form a tube. So lay it up there. If you
put your fabrics together and they’re the same, you need to take one off. Alright we’re
going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side on here. Alrighty, there we go. Now
you have an enclosed tube. Now I have done that to this one and I’ve also done it to
the big one. So here’s my other large strip set and we went ahead and sewed our nine inch
piece in there as well. Now you need to do your cutting. And you’re
going to cut from all of, it’s going to take both of these pieces to make your quilt.
So you’re going to cut from both of them. Now what I like to do is I like to fold mine
in half twice. So I make sure that’s nice and flat. I bring this up and make sure it’s
nice and flat. And it’s laying even and everything is nice. If you have any trouble
at all or any wrinkles or rumples or anything like that you can just open it up and cut
it long. I would never take the chance to cut this if I didn’t, if I wasn’t sure
that it was like straight. So I make sure that this seam line is lining up right along
my mat. And if you need to clean up your edge, clean up your edge. I’m a fan of starting
with a nice fresh cut. So I’m going to clean this up right here. Alright so now you have
to know what to cut because these strip sets are all cut in different sizes. So you will
get a little chart like this. And it will tell you exactly how many to cut. So basically what we’re going to do is we’re
going to cut three three inch pieces, 13 two inch strips, 14 1 ½ inch strips, and four
one inch strips. So what we’re going to do is I’m going to come over here and I’m
going to cut a couple of two inch strips right here. And move that out of the way and one
more. Because the first two on our chart that we’re going to sew together our two inches.
Now what I did was I went ahead and I sewed them all so I have them here in piles. So
this is my inch. This is my inch and a half. And I just stacked them all up. This is my
two inchers and this is my three inchers. Once you get those all cut then the sewing
goes really fast. And it’s fun to see what happens. So the first two strips, let me show you how
this is going to work. The first two strips, we go right the way we sewed the quilt together
originally. So we go from dark to light and light to dark. So we’re going to take that
apart right here at the dark line. And I’m just going to give that a little pull and
it’s going to come right apart. So just like that is our first strip. Our second strip
is going to be just one less than that. So what you’re going to do, here’s your chart.
Oop hang on I can’t pick it up there. So here’s your chart. And the first one, you’ll
see it starts with that lighter color, number 11. So we’re going to have it this way because
that’s our lightest one. Our darkest one is down here. And then we’re going to add
the next one to it. When I look at the chart. You just notice that it only moves one step
so see here, this is the same, move up one step. I’m going to pull this up, whoop.
Hey guys can you grab that for me, I just flipped it off the table. Alright so you’re
going to, you’re going to pull this up here. And then I’m just going to take these apart
right here. Thank you, Misty. Alright, so, do you see how that is going. So then you’re
going to look at your chart again. Your chart tells you, it has the little number on the
side of the strip right in the, in the contrasting fabric. And so you need one, two, three, four,
two’s and they stair step up. So we’re going to get four two’s . I’m going to
show you just how these go together. So I’m going to lay this one here. Watch it as it
graduates up. Take this apart, lay it just like that. And get one more here, just like
that. It goes all the way up and you take this apart. Now at anytime in this process
you can start sewing your strips together. So now I’m going to go ahead and lay a bunch
out so you can see what we’re talking about. And you can see the movement and I’ll be
right back. So you can see how cool this is looking. You
can see the rise and the beginning of the fall. And it’s just going to go together
so cool. Now you can continue to lay out your pieces so that your whole quilt is laid out
and then you’re going to sew them together. Now when I sewed my rows together I put them
right sides together like this. And you want to make sure that your seams nest up. This
is where that quarter of an inch seam comes in and is important. So one row you need to
make sure that all your seams are ironed one way and on the other row they’re all ironed
the opposite. So I’m going to take my first, my first strip here and I’m going to iron
them all going down. So I’m over here at the ironing board and they’re all going
to go down. And really you only have to iron one half because half your strip is already
going to be right. So these are all going down and I’m going to set it back there.
And then I’m going to take my next strip iron them all going up. So just, just like
that. Now you’re going to lay these right on top of each other. Make sure your pattern
is still in the right place. Wait a minute I bet I turned that around. So you’re going
to make sure your pattern is still in the right place. There’s my pattern. I can still
see the movement. Lay these right on top of each other. And then every one of these seams
is going to nest up as you go along. And that’s important in keeping your pattern together. So let’s sew these together. Again we’re
going to sew a quarter of an inch . And we’re just going to sew down the side. Just like
this. Match up your little seams. Alrighty and just like that we’ve got the first two
sewn together. Let’s head over to the ironing board and press these open. And I’m just
going to press these so that the seam stays all going one direction underneath. And that’s
pretty easy if you lay it on and then just kind of roll the top back. Alright now you’re
just going to add the next strip to it. So you’re going to put it back on here, make
sure your, your colors are all going in the right direction. And then you’ll add the
next one on. And you’ll just continue to add, add, add and watch your chart because
it will tell you whether to move them up or down or how you want to go. So the fun comes
in when you realize that you have control of that up or down. You can make it go and
do whatever you want it to do. And in very short order you’re going to have a quilt
that looks like this. And you’re just going to be so amazed that you did it. That’s
the fun part to me. You look at it, you’re just like I can’t believe I did that. It
looks so cool. So good luck with your Bargello. I hope you make all your friends Bargellas
with your Bargello. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Bargello quilt from the
MSQC.

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