Monday, July 30, 2012

Plaid Bargello From Retreat

Here is one piece I completed on the retreat.  It is the plaid bargello from Bonnie Hunter's stuff.

I have been collecting shirts from everywhere.  Some are Frank's, some are my mom's from when we moved her to the nursing home.  A lot are from the 99 cent rack at Purple Cow.  You know I love that place!

I had collected so many that my pull out drawer in the closet would no longer close.  So I chose this pattern, thinking it would make a nice dent in the pile............HA!

And this thing is huge.  I cut 2 1/2 inch strips 18 inches long from the shirts.

Then I sewed them together into 6 long strips of 37 each.

Then I bargelloed them and sewed them back together.  I did have a problem with one panel.  It went up rather than the necessary down.  So I just turned it around.  You would think it would go down at that point?  It does not.  I don't understand the physics in that.

So I had to use the one I was saving for the back and bargello it CAREFULLY so I would have a down panel in that place to continue the pattern.

I ended up with 1512 squares in this quilt not counting the ones that will be on the back.   I counted them all!  Not really, I did math.

I was not really sure I was going to like it, but I love it.  And it looks like DiNozzo likes it too!

I need to find a suitable backing for it and I think I will use the flannel as batting rather than a heavy bat.

glen:  PS a quick stash report from last week back in the red.  But look at what I have used!

used this week -7.250
used in july -16.25
added this week 14
Add in July 14
Used YTD -120.5
Added YTD 122.18
Stash reduction ++++1.68



  1. I love it! Bargello is my first love in quilting!

  2. ohhh I love bargellos too - you can do a million things with them and they always look cool!

  3. I love it. I have a great box or two of plaids. some shirts and some bought at Quilt stores. I love how it turned out.

  4. I love it! And the fact you made it from all those scraps from clothing makes it even better the flannel back is also a good idea and It's sorta the color of " the nose" so won't show any dog hair when he takes it over as his.

  5. Love how it turned out. Great product to show off all the work you did on retreat.

  6. I see DiNozzo has a new quilt. This is such a terrific quilt. Love those plaids.


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