Interesting Bargello in Quilting
Bargello was introduced originally in Florence, Italy at the Bargello Palace. The term referenced a set of chairs that had an upholstered embroidery pattern that was then referred to as bargello. Typically represented in embroidery or needlework, the stitch pattern is suggestive of flames. In quilting, a bargello pattern reflects a lot of motion found in waves and curves. In the past, I have not been a big fan of bargello but I suspect it is because of the fabric choices.
Bargello Table Runner Example – Free Pattern
I found this Bargello table runner (click for the free pattern in .pdf form) that I actually like. For examples of quilts being made using this theme, I turned to Pinterest and Flickr. I discovered they are all over the place. Also, I found this video by Angela Walters that gives an easy method for making the quilt with 2.5″ strips that I thought you might enjoy:
This method would work great for the table runner mentioned above which used only nine fabrics instead of the ten that Angela used. It seems that many quilts encompass the movement portion of the definition but may not add the flame element. The flame to me has to have red, orange, yellow, and lighter yellow along with some darker elements to allow those to shine. Those colors are rather limiting for quilters! I had to share this quilt made by a friend in non-flame inspired colors.
Bargello Love in Surf Song
An important aspect is shown in the quilt picture above, by Christine Stitch All the Things. She made this quilt for her son, Josh, who is peeking around the quilt. I love this picture! You can really see the movement in this quilt! It is just alive, and Christine named it Surf Song. Very apropos, don’t you think?! You can almost feel the tide coming in and going back out.
So how do you feel about bargello quilts in general? Should they stick to the original meaning of a flame, or is creative license just fine. It seems to me that creative license is not only just fine but welcome within the overall parameters of quilting. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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