I have a few questions if you don't mind, I'm too chicken to try to make one:
How long did it take?
Is it strip pieced and then cut or are each individual squares cut and sewn together?
How is it quilted?
I'm honestly not sure how long it took...once all the prep work was done (which took a while!) it would take me about an hour to cut, sew, and attach two rows to the centre panel. There are 79 rows, so that's roughly 40 hours for the centre panel. The prep work was probably another 10-15 hours, then there was the borders, pinning, and quilting. And a few hours for swearing and undoing mistakes.
So probably 70-80 hours all told?
It's strip pieced..mostly. How this one worked was that you made mini panels of strips of the different colour schemes (for example for the blues I sewed a strip from each of the three blues together, for the yellows and oranges I sewed a strip from the three yellows, one brown, and then the three oranges) and then you followed a pattern that told you which colours you needed for that row. So for one row I might cut from the blue mini panel, then the yellow/orange, then the blue, then the red, etc. With the browns filling in between the colours. So technically strip piecing but still a lot of cutting and sewing for each row. I don't know if that explanation made any sense.
I did stipple quilting in the brown areas. I wanted to try and make the colours stand out a bit so I figured that might work, and there was enough brown in the quilt that I knew I was getting the coverage I needed.
If you like bargellos just dive in and give them a try! When I was just starting to quilt I made a bargello quilt (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387535.0
) even though it terrified me and I had no real idea what I was doing the whole time. It was maybe my third quilt ever and my first machine quilt. My "easter egg" quilt is my third bargello and the first one where I actually felt like I had a clue how to do bargello. So just try one (though not this one, it was a pain in the ass - the rainbow one was much easier) and see how it goes!