leaves and snowflakes appliqued and quilted on a bargello quilt

Quilting my Bargellos


As I mentioned in my last blog post, using applique patterns is a great way to create quilting designs so today I wanted to extend that with another idea to try, this time for quilting my fractured season Bargello designs.

One of my favorite tricks in quilting an applique design is to use the paper pulled from the back of the applique shape. Of course this only works on single complete designs not a design made up of several pieces. The leaves and snowflakes on my two fractured Bargellos are ideal.

By using the backing paper you save time by not having to draw the design on your background or making new templates from freezer paper or Avery labels like I mentioned last week. (although these have their advantage as they can be pressed/stuck in place instead of pinned)

With plenty of templates (paper backings) at hand I can position them in a pleasing manor before I start any quilting. This gives me the advantage to how the quilting will look before I even start and I can reposition any if needed.

Backing paper from appliques are positioned on quilt to use for quilting templates

Positioned backing paper ready for quilting

A pin here and there will hold them in place until I have my arrangement. When I like the layout I secure the templates with at least 2 pins to prevent them from twisting as I stitch them. I use fine wedding pins which are shorter and thinner than quilting pins. With these there is less bulk and they don't extend over the edge of the template when placed carefully thus can stay put until my stitching is complete.

The winter scene of snowflakes creates a cooler feel. Where the leaves appear to be swept with an autumn breeze, the snowflakes are drifting softly to the ground. You could do the same with the leaves of course. It is all a matter of where you place the appliques and the quilting you use.

can you see the quilted snowflakes?

Can you see the quilted snowflakes?

Alternatively you can create a wind effect by stitching a swirling design in the open spaces. Now the leaves really look as if they are blowing in the wind.

A swirl quilting design on Bargello quilt

A swirl quilting design

These templates can also create a continuous border design. Position leaves close so the tips are almost touching. Quilt along one side and then the other instead of individually. It's amazing how quickly it goes!

Continuous border design of leaves

Continuous border design

You can make a continuous border right along or just decorate the corners. On the long borders you might need to add a central design. I used two leaves with the stems almost touching.

leaf central design on border

Central design on border

I hope this article helps you decide on what quilting you will do on your quilt. It is fun playing around and positioning all the paper cutouts. I would love to hear what your next quilting project is.

If you need more information about these Bargello patterns you can find them here: Fractured Seasons

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