Angela brought me these two bargello quilts--gifts for her 13 year old twin grandchildren, quilts that are "same but different". She asked for the same quilting design on both.
The quilts are very different in fabric choices--
I love bargello quilts but have never made one myself. My great grandma made needlepoint bargello--I remember her stitching on them. I have a few of the canvasses she made--but have done nothing with them--I should turn them into pillows or something.
One of my favourite childhood pieces was a pillow in the shape of the letter M that my aunt made me--it had bargello needlepoint on the front, and blue corduroy on the sides/back. I'd show you a photo of it but it's buried deep in the closet of the room my husband is occupying for his zoom calls, so I think he might find me digging in the closet a little disruptive 😉 So, you'll have to make do with photos of quilts.
Jen Kingwell patterns are always so much fun to quilt, and Dana's fabric choices are so interesting to explore as I quilt. Dana added some length to the quilt to make it bed sized.
Here are 3 photos of the same part of the quilt...before quilting
and fresh off the frame
When quilting this sort of a quilt, I try to leave some frames (and in this quilt some of the long strips) unquilted, to give the eyes a bit of a resting place, and it's another way of adding texture as well.
Dana and I decided to group several of the stripes together in the quilting--and to keep the quilting costs reasonable this was all freehand--no rulers. I'm so lucky my Innova can handle ditching vertically and horizontally so easily.
I picked several quilting designs and just kept repeating them, always a good method for sampler quilts, where each block is unique.
So many photos....but each part of the quilt is unique....
I have fun spotting fabrics I've used in quilts before...
The quilting shows nicely on the back too---love using a wool batting.
I loved Lori's fabrics right from the beginning, and we started out together making this quilt...Lori just got sidelined by life along the way and it took her a little longer to get it finished, as happens. Luckily, quilts will wait.
I love the secondary designs that form in this quilt, which is a one block and sashing quilt.
I wish I had taken a photo of the kit --they do such a lovely job of presenting their kits in that store. Anyway they had a sample hanging on the wall, and I NEEDED it. Seriously. I walked around the store holding the kit for about half an hour before I finally decided I wasn't putting it down and going home without it.
Here it is after I opened it up....
It's a simple enough quilt--one block in 4 colorways. It's all about shading. Here's a block laid out, but not yet sewn together. It was deceptive hanging on the wall in the store....it didn't look like a quilt with a ridiculous 63 pieces per 10"block.....
I actually enjoyed making it though--and so much fun to see it all come together.
I had designed a custom quilting plan for this top, but then I decided it belonged to Marty, who was having knee surgery imminently, and so an E2E quilting design was more appropriate, and let me get it into the mail so she'd have it before the surgery. I quilted this the same week as Deborah's quilts---I think I E and 3'd everything in sight that week 😄.