Bargello Twist

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Bargello Twist image
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Briefly: Break away from the horizontal design with an exploding twist
Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
Finished Size: 32" x 32"
Number of Lessons: 4
Skill Level: All

Twisted Bargello is an advanced class for Bargello quilt lovers. Detailed step by step instructions with photos and a teacher led forum, will guide you through the process making of this unique Bargello design.


We talk a lot about what fabric to use in Lesson One.  Looking at this list will give you a chance to look through your stash for appropriate fabrics, but I strongly suggest you wait until you read Lesson One before purchasing additional fabrics.

You can choose your fabrics in three different ways and each choice affects how your final quilt will look.

OPTION 1 – Basic colour run (background plus 6 fabrics ranging from light to dark)

  • Background fabric: 1 1/4 yds
  • Theme (fabric 1): 3/4 yd
  • Fabric 2: 1/3 yd
  • Fabric 3: 1/4 yd
  • Fabric 4: 1/3 yd
  • Fabric 5: 1/4 yd
  • Fabric 6: 1/2 yd

OPTION 2 – Alternating fabric (background plus one theme and two complimentary fabrics OR background plus three contrasting fabrics)

  • Background fabric: 2 yds
  • Theme fabric: 3/4 yd
  • Complimentary fabric: 1/4 yd EACH for TWO pieces

OPTION 3 – Checkerboard Design (background plus one theme and four complimentary fabrics)

  • Background fabric: 2 yds
  • Theme fabric: 3/4 yd
  • Complimentary fabric: 1/8 yd EACH for FOUR pieces

Other Requirements

Note:  Although not included in this class, you may wish to add additional borders to this project.  If so, you will need to allow for more batting and backing.

  • batting and backing at least 36" square
  • binding fabric: 1/2 yd
  • 8"-12" scrap of fabric (or spare block), backing fabric and batting for practice.
  • sewing machine and accessories, including 1/4" foot (or other method of stitching 1/4" seam). Darning foot is optional (spring needle may replace the darning foot).   Sewing machine manual may be useful.
  • pencil and fabric markers (fabric chalk could be useful)
  • rulers - large 16" square ruler would be useful
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • scissors
  • safety pins, pins, needle
  • thread for piecing and quilting
  • bobbin thread for quilting: pre-wound bobbin filled with bobbin thread, Metrolene looper thread, 2-ply thread for bobbin or Bottom Line thread by Superior
  • regular sewing needles and topstitching or metallic, if using specialty threads such as rayon or metallic threads
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