I love when older techniques are revived and refreshed, and that’s the case with the Bargello quilt. I needless to say making my first one and marveling at how much easier it used to be than it looked. That quilt hangs in my cousin’s home nowadays. Ruth Ann Berry looked at ways that she could separate the moving parts in the design from the static background. She came up with four different solutions to do that: what she calls a scribble on a solid background; a scribble on a background of busy prints; the scribble and background made from different, contrasting color runs; and a solid-color splash across a series of plaids or a background of stripes. I never would have thought of plaids years past. I loved the energy that the quilts reflect. Along with the eight patterns she includes, Ruth Ann also teaches you tips on how to draft your own original design on graph paper. (The Professional Quilter Magazine, 3/26/14)
Here is a new twist on the classic Bargello quilt. Ruth Ann shows you tips on how to create quilts full of free-form twists, turns, and 3-D effects. She teaches you tips on how to use easy straight-line strip piecing to create the illusion of curves in motion. Cut up your stash of novelty and even “ugly” fabrics; they’re going to look great in these large scale projects for beds or walls. Instructions are provided for eight quilts, plus information on making your own designs. (Quilter’s Digest, June 2014)
About the Author
Ruth Ann Berry comes from a generation of quilters and has been experimenting with a number of techniques and fabrics for more than 25 years. Ruth Ann lives northern Michigan with her husband and children. They own a quilt shop where Ruth Ann teaches quilt classes.
Here’s Bargello like you’ve never seen it before: stunning quilts full of free-form twists, turns, and 3-D effects that seem like Op-art paintings. The biggest surprise is how simple these quilts are to make! Designer Ruth Ann Berry shows you tips on how to use easy, straight-line strip piecing to create the illusion of curves in motion. 8 projects with complete instructions plus directions on tips on how to create your own designs. Slice up your stash―novelty fabrics and even ugly fabrics look good when cut up for Bargello piecing. Large-scale quilts look spectacular on a bed or on the wall.