Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bargello Bowl

I know the Super Bowl was way back whenever-it-was but I have finally finished my Bargello Bowl quilt. hee hee! Bonnie Hunter invited those of us who aren't rabid football fans (see? at least I know which sport it is!) to sew a scrappy bargello quilt along with her. Of course I couldn't resist.

I've been through a bit of Sturm und Drang with sewing machines this spring so it sat and waited to be quilted. I bought my new Bernina with the stitch regulator, took the master classes, took the machine back to be fixed, bought (of course!) and read books, watched videos, surfed the net and finally felt ready to tackle it. Besides crosshatching and stitch in the ditch I haven't really machine quilted before and I was so determined to get on with it!

After one false start and a whole lot of unpicking I finally got going. I am so pleased with the results...even if it was mostly practice! After show & tell at the guild meeting in June it'll be on it's way to it's innocent and unsuspecting new owner.

I couldn't hang it full length on the clothesline so here it is sideways, still dragging on the ground. I love the texture after washing it.

I pieced the back from hot air balloon fabrics. Now there was more work than I anticipated!

I practiced Line Dancing. Soooo cool.

I managed to make ribbon candy in the narrow border.

And practiced loops and hooks in the braided border. Here and there are a few leaves, hearts and stars because I just couldn't resist!

HUGELY satisfying. .....Next!

13 comments:

Candace said...

I love your bargello bowl. The quilting looks great, and I love the braided border. I made one, and gave it away, and I liked it so much that I want to make another one of these days.

Ruthie said...

That is one beautiful quilt. I did mine in RW&B and gave it away. Seeing yours makes me want to make another one. Great quilting!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Katie! I love your quilt!!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

woohoo, you did a great job! congrats

Ginger Patches said...

Katie, it turned out absolutely beautiful!!! I love it..the piecing, the border, the quilting--all of it is just perfect!!!

jillquilts said...

Your quilting looks awesome! Great job!

Lynn said...

Beautiful! So much hard work and really worth every minute of it.

Rhonda said...

Great quilt! Love the quilting!

Julie said...

Beautiful braided borders! I am always so ready to finish that I can't seem to bring myself to do a "fancy" border. Good for you!

Clevelandgirlie said...

Wow Katie this is gorgeous. Isn't it just swell the way quilts come to life after they've been washed. I love the texture, the colors, the piecing -- really awesome.

meggie said...

It is lovely Katie! You can feel very proud of that accomplishment.

JudiA said...

WELL DONE Katie, not only for finishing that beautiful quilt, but for tackling the quilting as well. Woo Hoo!! You must be so proud.

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on your finish!! You've done a great job on the quilting too :)