Yesterday I wrote about a new Bargello play time and left you with the top laid out and ready to piece…..
In the light of the new day, it was time to start piecing it together!!
The first step was to piece the two sections together…..
…..to form one long strip and then to put two strips together…..
This is where I ran into a small problem!!
As I had pieced the two strata, I had been careful to have the seams pressed to alternating sides. If I were sewing this like a normal bargello, that would have meant that each seam would nest beautifully.
But, since I was messing with the order of the strips I kept coming upon intersections where the two seams were going in the same direction…..
I didn’t like that so I carefully folded back the top seam…..
….and sewed it in place…..
When I started ironing the long seam, I spritzed the top fabric with water….
…and re-ironed the seams so that they fell in the correct direction….
The other issue that I encountered was trying to figure out which of the seams I needed un-sew so that I could add it to the top of the strip!!
I spent a lot of time referring to my photo and then stuck a pin in at the bottom of the piece where the seam needed to be ripped out…..
That simple solution made the piecing a lot easier!!
In no time I had the bargello top finished……
It was time to add borders but those had to wait until I was in my studio and could view my ENTIRE stash!!!
In the end, I added two borders…..a purple one to pull out some of the purple hues in the piece and a green one to frame it…..
I am pleased with this second bargello!!
BUT…..now it is time to start thinking about the Bargello Challenge that is due in December. How am I going to make a Bargello quilt that reflects my feelings during the COVID mania??
I had better start thinking!!!