Secrets revealed! The basics of Bargello quilting

Detail of Cosmic Twist quilt

Bargello quilts are a shining example of grandiose quiltmaking—you can’t help but oooh and aaah when you spot one. But if you’ve ever thought “There’s just NO WAY I could make that!” upon seeing a Bargello quilt, put a pin in that doubt until the end of this post. Because we’ve got a surprise for you: if you can sew strips together, Bargello quilts are well within your scope of expertise.

In a nutshell, this is how most Bargello quilts begin:

Strip sets for Bargello quilts

Look familiar? Yep—they’re strip sets! Once you’ve sewn and cut your strips into fun little columns of color, you’re ready to start building a Bargellolicious quilt. Designers have come up with oodles of ways to arrange Bargello strips in all sorts of clever ways—ways that’ll make those ooohs and aaahs impossible to muffle. Take a look at what you can create when you follow their lead:

Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts
Make “Nebula” plus 10 more quilts in Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts

More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts
Make “Glacier Bay” plus 9 more quilts in More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts

Monet's Garden from Colorwash Bargello Quilts
Make “Monet’s Garden” plus 9 more quilts in Colorwash Bargello Quilts

Fireflies quilt from Bargello Quilts
Make “Fireflies” plus 7 more quilts in Bargello Quilts

Ready to try the strip-friendly technique of Bargello? Browse these Bargello quilt-pattern books to find your favorite design. Then let the stripping start!

Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts
Colorwash Bargello Quilts Bargello Quilts

Cutting fabric strips: one layer at a time, or stack and whack? Share your preference in the comments!

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