Re-working a patchwork UFO

Encouraged by the recent finish of a long-term UFO quilt I reached back into the UFO Cupboard of Shame and brought out a large bag containing thirty-five 12″ blocks, left over fabrics, backing fabric and a large piece of cotton wadding. I was all ready for the challenge of finishing this project until I put three of seven rows of blocks up onto the design wall and took a moment to look over the magazine pattern.

With borders this quilt would measure a hefty 98″ by 68″. Way beyond the size I feel comfortable quilting. Would it really be worth investing time and effort stitching the top together when I knew I’d either get frustrated quilting it or, more likely, return it to the Cupboard un-quilted?

I posed the following question via Instagram and Facebook: ‘Is it OK to ditch a UFO?’ The responses were so helpful and encouraging. Ranging from ‘permission’ to scrap the project and move on, along with suggestions of how to use the blocks to make smaller projects.

With those suggestions running around my mind I began to feel much more positive about the UFO. I unpicked strips of three blocks from three of the rows and stitched them together to make a 36″ square.

I had a think, toyed with introducing other fabrics, finally deciding to add a border around the blocks to bring the flimsy up to a reasonable size. Looking through the bag of left-over fabrics I found a few partial strips of the feature fabrics and at least 1½m of the white on white background fabric. I decided to cut twelve squares of feature fabric and continue the patchwork pattern into the borders.

I’m pleased with how this looks 🙂 The squares running into the borders create a large on-point square running through the patchwork which helps keep the eye travelling around the quilt (in my humble opinion!). The flimsy measures 46½” square so a handy size for a baby quilt, a chair throw or even a wall hanging. Just the remaining twenty-six UFO blocks to deal with…

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers. Susan is designing a camping themed quilt for her son.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (119)

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I don’t quite know what’s come over me but I cracked on with the Bargello quilt and can announce a finish! Get me!

The quilt began as an experiment to see if I could design and make Bargello blocks using an entire Jelly Roll. A bit of

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (118)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a sewing project or two whilst enjoying the sharing of ideas and inspiration by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I’ve enjoyed an unusually sociable week. So lovely to catch up with friends and family face-to-face, in real-life, rather than via Zoom or social media. The dry weather may have given us lots of watering to do but it has given ample opportunities to meet-up outdoors.

On the sewing front I’ve been working on making my Bargello experiment into a quilt top. The Bargello panel measured 51″ wide by 40″ long. Dimensions suitable for a wall hanging maybe but not very useful as a quilt or throw. I’d used almost every inch of the Circulus Jelly Roll but still had a Circulus Charm Pack to use. Slowly an idea formed in my mind… Using the 5″ squares with a background fabric to make curved blocks…. Inspired by the circles printed on the Circulus fabrics.

Some weeks ago I ordered a background fabric but when it arrived I knew straight away it was the ‘wrong’ grey *sigh* On the plus side a couple of yards of any grey added to my fabric stash is a happy occurrence! Last Saturday I made a visit to Purple Stitches (lovely to see Eve and step inside the shop) and after an enjoyable browse chose a grey print from the Fantasy range by Sally Kelly.

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Jelly Roll Bargello Quilt – progress and a free pattern

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidI’m making good progress with the Bargello quilt experiment.

The story so far: I’m using a Jelly Roll for fabric and have had a couple of attempts at designing and making blocks. My first pattern proved to be a bit too fiddly – for my tastes anyway – with the narrowest strips cut just ¾” wide. Before making the second block I changed the cutting measurements to no narrower than 1½” wide – much better! The thrid block I made was identical to the second… Or so I thought…. Doh! I mis-read my pencil pattern and had cut a couple of strips to the finished measurements with no seam allowances! A bit of unpicking had to happen! Thankfully there was enough left-over fabric for me to cut strips of the correct width to complete the block.

Then I had to bite the bullet and make the fourth block using my original narrow cutting measurements. When that  was made I could sew all four blocks together and stand back to see the pattern flowing over the quilt top. So this is a bit of an experimental quilt top. I’m pleased I achieved my aims of designing and making Bargello blocks AND in the process used all forty Width Of Fabric strips from the Jelly Roll.

Four blocks stitched together – 50″ x 40″

Bargello – it turns out not to be as scary as it looks! I thought I’d write up my cutting and piecing instructions and share them. If you’ve shied away from this block in the past why not give it a go using my pattern, Basic Bargello Block -July 2020? All you need are ten width of fabric strips cut 2½” wide. Follow the method shared in the pattern – looking back at the photo tutorial in my ‘Jelly Roll Bargello Quilt – first block, step by step‘ blog post should help – and give it a go! Ten WOF fabric strips will make a block measuring 28″ x 20″.

Basic Bargello Block – 28″ x 20″

Download the pdf Basic Bargello Block pattern here: Basic Bargello Block -July 2020

Let me know how you get on if you do give Bargello a try. Link up via my Facebook page, or use @allisonreid.neweverymorning on Instagram. I’d love to see versions of this pattern made in other colourways 🙂

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers. Susan is busy designing rather than making at the moment but there are a whole host of bloggers from the Worldwide Quilting Community sharing their inspiring quilt projects in her link-up this week.

Allison