Bargello Wall Quilt
Use an array of pastel batiks to get the subtle color changes needed for a watercolorlike wall hanging. The strips are pulled from assorted Tonga Treat bundles of precut 2-1/2"-wide strips (in colors Taffy, Hard Candy, and Meringue) from Timeless Treasures.
Inspired by Rolling Prairie From Designer Mabeth Oxenreider
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
1-2-1/2x42" strip each of 24 assorted prints in orange, blue, green, yellow, pink, and purple (quilt top)
3/8 yard yellow print (binding)
1-3/8 yards backing fabric
Finished quilt: 40-1/2x26"
Quantities are for 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
From each assorted print 2-1/2x42" strip, cut:
From yellow print, cut:
4-2-1/2x42" binding strips
Prepare Fabric Bands
1. Lay out a 2-1/2x20" strip from each of the 24 assorted prints in a pleasing manner. (Consider making a chart showing fabric placement and labeling fabrics 1 through 24 to avoid confusion when assembling strip sets and quilt top.)
2. Join strips to make strip set A (Diagram 1). Press all seams toward fabric 1. To avoid a strip set that curves, alternate the sewing direction as you add each strip. Add one strip sewing from top to bottom, then add the next strip sewing from bottom to top, and so on.
3. Join ends of strip set A-fabrics 1 and 24-to make an A tube.
4. Referring to Diagram 2, cut the A tube into eight assorted-width bands to use for making the odd-numbered rows. Cut one layer of the tube at a time. To do this, smooth out the tube carefully on your rotary-cutting mat and cut only as much as you're comfortable with at a time. Rotate the tube and continue cutting from where you left off. To duplicate the featured quilt, cut A tube into:
1-3-1/4"-wide A band
1-3"-wide A band
1-2-1/2"-wide A band
1-2-1/4"-wide A band
1-1-3/4"-wide A band
1-1-1/2"-wide A band
2-1-1/4"-wide A bands
5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make an identical strip set; label this strip set B. Press all seams toward fabric 24, which ensures that seams will abut when assembling quilt top.
6. Join ends of strip set B to make a B tube.
7. Cut the B tube into eight assorted-width bands to use for making the even-numbered rows. To duplicate the featured quilt, cut B tube into:
1-3-1/4"-wide B band
1-3"-wide B band
1-2-1/2"-wide B band
1-2-1/4"-wide B band
1-1-3/4"-wide B band
1-1-1/2"-wide B band
2-1-1/4"-wide B bands
Assemble Quilt Top
1. Select an A band (we used a 1-1/4"-wide A band). Remove stitches joining fabrics 1 and 24 to make row 1. Lay the row horizontally on a design wall or large flat surface with fabric 1 at the left-hand edge (Quilt Assembly Diagram).
2. Select a B band (we used a 1-1/4"-wide B band). Remove stitches joining fabrics 1 and 2 to make row 2. Lay row 2 below row 1 with fabric 2 at the left-hand edge (Quilt Assembly Diagram).
3. Select an A band (we used a 1-3/4"-wide A band). Remove stitches joining fabrics 2 and 3 to make row 3. Lay row 3 below row 2 with fabric 3 at the left-hand edge.
4. Continue in same manner, using A bands for odd-numbered rows and B bands for even-numbered rows, to make and lay out 16 rows total. Refer to Quilt Assembly Diagram for order of band widths used in the featured quilt.
5. Join rows. Press seams in one direction. If desired, trim quilt to 40-1/2" in width (red line on Quilt Assembly Diagram).
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with yellow print binding strips.