One day while sitting on the sofa with my hubby, I was looking through Pinterest at all kinds of beautiful quilts. Isn't is amazing what you can find on Pinterest? He happened to glance over and see one of the quilts I was admiring(pic from Pinterest, not mine!):
Here is the link to her blogpost: bargello
He immediately said that was the quilt he wanted! A little about my sweet hubby. He's an old hippie. He loves tie dye, has long hair and is very easy going. He supports me totally in my sewing/quilting/crafting hobby. Even though with all the sewing I have done, I've never made anything for him.
I was a little intimidated by the thought of a bargello, but after looking at the instructions, I decided I would try to tackle it. I don't push myself out of my comfort zone often enough. I purchased the jelly rolls through Missouri Star Quilt Company It takes two jelly rolls.
I took them to a quilting retreat and knew I could ask some of the wonderful people there for help. I got extremely lucky and another lady was working on a bargello too! Her's was much more complicated than mine and she had made a bargello before. She was a lifesaver! She showed me how to cut and label everything so I didn't get the rows mixed up.
I managed to get the top almost finished at retreat and then had to finish up at home. Fortunately hubby works shift work, so I was able to work on it when he was working or sleeping. When it came time to quilt it, I was stumped. I didn't want the quilting to stand out so I ended up by lots of different colors of thread and quilting diagonally across the rows of color. Hope that makes sense.
I finished it up in time to give it to him for Christmas. He had no idea and was shocked when he opened it! I was the first thing I had actually made for him!
Since I'm notoriously bad at remembering to take pics, this is the only one I have of his quilt. It's hanging on the quilt rack in our living room. He loves to show it off when friends come over, but he rarely uses it. I need to remind him that quilts are made to be used and loved.
To anyone who has been too scared/nervous to try a bargello, I recommend you try. They really are much easier than they look. I'll definitely make another someday.