Make mesmerizing bargello quilts 😍 with strip-piecing ease (+ giveaway!)

Bargello quilts are a perennial favorite of quilters worldwide—and Strip-Pieced Bargello will help you get the hang of making gorgeous quilts in this strippy style!

Strip-Pieced Bargello

So, how do you create a bargello quilt? Simply sew strips of fabric together, slice them, and arrange the strip-pieced units into mesmerizing swaths of movement and color. Even newcomers to bargello can achieve flawless results with the easy-to-follow charts included. Just wait until you find out author Judith’s Steele’s secret to success (hint: you DON’T have to be precise)—it’s like quilting by number!

From Strip-Pieced Bargello

Start with just 4 or as many as 24 fabrics to sew a table runner, wall hanging, tote, tree skirt, and larger quilts. Armed with Judith’s tips for making bargello designs accurately and her smart methods for staying organized, you’ll be ready to make your first—or your 21st!—bargello beauty.

Here’s Judith to tell you more about her book—welcome to Stitch This!, Judith!

Judith SteeleHi! I’m Judith and I design and make quilts in the most remote and sunny state capital city in the world—Perth in the state of Western Australia. We have beautiful beaches, unique flora and fauna, and gloriously wide vistas, all of which helped to inspire the projects in Strip-Pieced Bargello.

If you’ve ever tried making anything bargello, you already know that the quilts may look complicated, but they’re easy to sew. In the book, all the sewing is done with straight seams. With detailed instructions and a chart to follow for every project, any complications you may have thought might trip you up just melt away.

For beginners, there are three small projects to get started—a baby quilt, a table runner, and a tote bag—that teach the basic techniques needed to make bargello projects while creating lovely and useful items. After that, you’ll be ready to take on any of the larger projects in the book, all of which use the same basic techniques, just on a larger scale.

Dreamland's Curtain bargello quilt
Beginner baby quilt: Dreamland’s Curtain

Autumn Leaves Bargello Table Runner
Beginner table runner: Autumn Leaves

Bargello Diamond Star Tote
Beginner bag: Diamond Star Tote

One bonus when making bargello projects is that they’re quite forgiving. If you find that the corners of the patches are a little bit off, just leave things as they are and keep sewing on. Due to the designs themselves and the optical illusions they create, it’s almost impossible to see the small imperfections that sometimes creep into our work.

Dancing Butterflies bargello quilt
Dancing Butterflies

It was so much fun designing and making all these projects. I hope you enjoy gathering your fabrics and having a go at something a bit different. Then you can experience the joy of looking at your finished piece and knowing the satisfaction of a job well done.

Strip-Pieced BargelloJudith, thank you for sharing your beautiful new book with everyone today!

We’ve got a copy of Strip-Pieced Bargello to give away to one lucky winner! To enter your name into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

Have you made a Bargello quilt—or how long has a Bargello quilt been on your wanna-make-one list?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re feeling inspired to make a bargello beauty come to life ASAP, purchase Strip-Pieced Bargello at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Kay, who says:

“Good evening… I’ve never really thought about making a Bargello style quilt, however, I do find them intriguing.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Kay—congratulations!



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