Over the last little while, fabrics I ordered last November at the Quilt Market in Melbourne have begun to arrive.
This one is from Batik Australia in Queensland, and is one of their striped batiks which lend themselves perfectly to be a background fabric for applique or to become a one fabric bargello.
Using this fabric, I decided to design and make my own bargello.
Cutting 2.5m from the bolt, I then cut out strips across the fabric, in widths from 2″ to 3″, then down to 1″ and back up to 3″, then down to 1″ again, and so on, finishing with a 2″ strip about 50 in total.
The strips were carefully pinned in order onto the wall so it looked like the original fabric.
Then moved carefully strip by strip a couple of inches in an up or down direction to create the design.
The hallway is too narrow to view the whole quilt from the doorway opposite. A sideways view down the hall gives a better idea of the design. The blurred lines where the colour changes on the fabric give it a very soft shadow look to the lines.
Then when stitching the strips together, I made sure that each strip was exactly 2″ up or down from the previous, as you would if actually matching seams in a traditionally made bargello design.
In the dim area of the hallway, the stitched design has an almost tartany look to it. This is 23 strips sewn, not quite half way – the 2.5m will have shrunk a lot by the time I finish.
Then to decide how I can end up with a rectangle - I have a couple of ideas on this – one very simple, and I end up with a small quilt or go with the more complicated design and be much larger – decisions, decisions … I do want a large quilt with this one, so … I’ll keep you posted.
I’m still smiling (I think) :-)
P.S. Bargello patterns to use with Batik Australia’s fabric are designed by Christine Forrester. I have the Twin Peaks pattern available for sale, along with the fabric. Email me for details.