Not Your Mother’s Bargello Tablerunner
Have you ever made a bargello quilt or tablerunner? I have made a few and today I’m going to share a bargello quilt that is not made like your mother’s bargello quilt. I hope you enjoy it!
22″ x 50″
Island Batik Ambassadors are sharing projects in April that are inspired by vintage quilts using some of the batiks we received in our box of batiks received in February. Here is the entire list of 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors if you would like to visit them. Joan from MooseStash Quilting always creates a post of everyone’s projects each month.
I received a Fat Eighth bundle of Island Batik’s Southern Bloom Collection and I knew I wanted to make something fun that we would use a lot.
A Fat Eighth is 11″ x 18″ and is a great way to get an entire collection. I couldn’t wait to press all of the pieces and then pick some of them for my Bargello vintage quilt project.
I cut 2″ x 18″ strips of all of the fabrics.
Next I choose groups of 5 different batiks for a color strata and sewed them together, then I sub-cut them into 2½” strips.
Now it was time for fun, placing the color strata strips on my design wall and coming up with a design. At this point I wasn’t sure what I was going to end up making.
I decided it would be fun to combine two different batiks for the background of my quilt project. One is Rice which has a blue tint and is in the Island Batik Neutral Collection and the other was Cream from the Island Batik Basic Collection.
- I cut 2½” x 11″ strips of the Rice batik and added one to each side of the strips.
- Move the color strata strip up one block or down one block depending on how you want the design to flow.
- I wanted a little separation between the strips so I cut 1½” x the width of fabric (WOF) of the Cream batik.
- I folded the strip in half and matched the center with the center of the color strata strip.
- Sew together with a ¼” seam allowance.
Once you have all of the Southern Blooms color strata strips and the cream strips sewn together it is time to trim your tablerunner. Look for the shortest strip on each side and use that as a guide to trim the tablerunner.
Yes, there is waste but I’m not worried, I’ll be using them in another project. Now you can see that the way I created this bargello tablerunner is not your mother’s bargello quilt or not the way they are generally made.
I used Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting and Aurifil thread for my quilting. I am also a Aurifil Artisan and receive different weights of thread from Aurifil.
This is the first time that I have used Aurifil’s 40wt thread for freemotion quilting but I can assure you it won’t be the last!
I use a vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine for all of my piecing and quilting and my sewing machine made beautiful stitches with this thread. Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co. has created a beautiful Aurifil collection called The Subtle Sampler which contains several different weights of Aurifil thread. Following her advice, I used the Aurifil 40wt thread on top and Aurifil 50wt thread in the bobbin. I also used a Schmetz 80/12 top stitch needle. It turned out perfectly!
I happened to have a beautiful teal batik leftover from a quilt that I designed last year and it worked perfectly for the binding on my tablerunner. I cut the strips 2½” and sewed the binding to the front of my tablerunner. I then folded it to the back and machine stitched it down.
Most of my quilt projects get used and washed over and over. Machine stitched binding holds up very well for this kind of use.
It is so nice to finally have some nice weather so I can take photos of my quilt projects outside. It won’t be much longer and we’ll be spending our evenings sitting on the deck looking at the river.
I know this looks like a very, very boring room but I just wanted to show that this bargello table runner could also be used as a bed runner. I still don’t have the two twin quilts done for the spare room and….no pictures on the wall yet.
Here is the bargello tablerunner on the island in our kitchen, at 22″ x 50″ it is a perfect size! I have plenty of the Summer Blooms collection left and I plan on making placemats to match. Won’t those be beautiful!
This closeup shows my freemotion stitching with the 40wt Aurifil thread and you can also see the contrast in the neutral background batiks.
There is lots of neat driftwood along the river, I need to go back and grab some pieces of it. A long piece makes a great hanger for a small quilt.
Having a large cone of Aurifil thread with 6,462 yards of thread on it makes it so I don’t have to worry about running out of thread when I am piecing. Also since the 50wt thread is finer, I can get more on my bobbin.
Have you ever made a bargello quilt? I would love to know what you think of the way I made my bargello tablerunner.
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Looking for more ideas for a bargello quilt? Take a look at a few other projects I have made.
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