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« on: March 22, 2011 05:16:10 AM »

ok I have never made a quilt before but I do sew a lot.  I want to make this quilt for my cousin's wedding present:

I want to make it king size.  Can anyone give me a rough estimate as to how much yardage of each color I would need?  There appears to be about 32 different fabrics in the main desing part and then the boarders.  I assume that this as pictured is on a full size bed.

Any guidlines/hints/helpful suggestions would be most appreciated!


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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011 03:22:46 PM »

You need to pick up a book on Bargello quilts.   Here are some from Amazon: Bargello Quilt Books.  If you don't want to buy a book right now, check to see if your local library has any on it, or if they do inter-library loan with another library who does have one.  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011 04:45:28 PM »

King size gets really big, really fast. Before you start, make sure you've got it figured out as to how you're going to quilt it, whether you're going to send it out or try to quilt it on a home machine. A queen is a stretch, as far as quilting goes, and king would be almost unmanageable. That being said, if you're tying it, disregard this entirely Smiley

As far as yardage goes, for each "stripe" you're going to need about 4 widths of fabric, maybe 5, depending on how much you lose to seam allowance. I would *guess* that those are 2.5" strips, which, when sewn, turn out to be 2." You'll need to repeat those 36 colours probably twice each, so you'll need 10 strips, give or take. That works out to about 30" of yardage, if my math is right (and I include it here so you can check that it is Smiley. With bargello quilts, which is what this is, it's fairly easy to do - Sew fabric strips into giant tube, cut tube at varying widths, unpick at appropriate seam, but you do lose quite a bit to the seam allowance, especially if you want one to be very, erm, fluid. I *Believe* Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day series has a bargello, and her books are very friendly for beginners. Again, that being said, if you haven't done it before, pick up scraps and try doing a pillow. If you don't hate it after the pillow, then continue to do full size quilt.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2011 02:37:12 AM »

Ooh that's so pretty! I have a couple books on bargello quilts, I think I will have to get them out and make something! I can't add anything since I think the ladies above gave you some great advice. Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2011 03:15:27 AM »

Thanks all.  I was hoping to hand quilt it...scary I know.  I was planing on doing a very simple diagonal run through every other block row following the conture giving the back a scalloped look.  Maybe try doing a scrolly leaf pattern in the boarders.  I have several motifts on file to choose from.

I think, by the calculations mentioned above, I should be safe with 1.5 yds of each of the 32 fabrics, plus the boarder and backing.  I can always tweak the finished size by the size of the boarders.

ok you have given me the confidence I need to kick this off!  I will be off to the fabric store this weekend to start getting the fabrics!  (I honestly thing that will be the hardest part!!   Cheesy  and managing it for quilting).

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2011 06:13:02 AM »

I did find this general guide when working on a mini-art Bargello a few months back. 
Almost forgot about it.  It's a good general guide to Bargellos.

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2011 06:02:10 PM »

That's quite the endeavor for a first time quilt. I wish you great luck. It makes my fingers twitch in pain just think about it.
It sure is beautiful.

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011 09:56:46 AM »

Wow!! That is a gorgeous quilt, your cousin is very lucky! 

You are a lot braver than I to try something like this for your first quilt -- good luck and keep us posted as to how it turns out.
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