Class Details for Twisted Bargello

Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
On Demand: Start anytime

Twisted Bargello is a new and exciting way to create Bargello. With a few easy changes, your design will break away from the regular Bargello rules. The quilt will no longer stretch out horizontally, like traditional bargello, but will reflect and rotate. Use irregular strip widths and move away from the predictability of a colour run. Ruth will guide you through each step of the process, helping you choose from multiple options in design, fabrics, colour and quilting ideas. Level: This is an advanced Bargello class. We strongly recommend enrolling in Bargello Seasons before taking this class.

Supplies and Outline


We talk a lot about what fabric to use in Lesson One.  Looking at this list will give you a chance to look through your stash for appropriate fabrics, but I strongly suggest you wait until you read Lesson One before purchasing additional fabrics.

You can choose your fabrics in three different ways and each choice affects how your final quilt will look.

OPTION 1 – Basic colour run (background plus 6 fabrics ranging from light to dark)

Background fabric: 1 1/4 yds
Theme (fabric 1): 3/4 yd
Fabric 2: 1/3 yd
Fabric 3: 1/4 yd
Fabric 4: 1/3 yd
Fabric 5: 1/4 yd
Fabric 6: 1/2 yd

OPTION 2 – Alternating fabric (background plus one theme and two complimentary fabrics OR background plus three contrasting fabrics)

Background fabric: 2 yds
Theme fabric: 3/4 yd
Complimentary fabric: 1/4 yd EACH for TWO pieces

OPTION 3 – Checkerboard Design (background plus one theme and four complimentary fabrics)

Background fabric: 2 yds
Theme fabric: 3/4 yd
Complimentary fabric: 1/8 yd EACH for FOUR pieces

Other Requirements

Note:  Although not included in this class, you may wish to add additional borders to this project.  If so, you will need to allow for more batting and backing.

  • batting and backing at least 36" square
  • binding fabric: 1/2 yd
  • 8"-12" scrap of fabric (or spare block), backing fabric and batting for practice.
  • sewing machine and accessories, including 1/4" foot (or other method of stitching 1/4" seam). Darning foot is optional (spring needle may replace the darning foot).   Sewing machine manual may be useful.
  • pencil and fabric markers (fabric chalk could be useful)
  • rulers - large 16" square ruler would be useful
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • scissors
  • safety pins, pins, needle
  • thread for piecing and quilting
  • bobbin thread for quilting: pre-wound bobbin filled with bobbin thread, Metrolene looper thread, 2-ply thread for bobbin or Bottom Line thread by Superior
  • regular sewing needles and topstitching or metallic, if using specialty threads such as rayon or metallic threads


Lesson One

  • Bargello techniques and glossary
  • ways to alter the basic technique
  • new colour ideas and combinations
  • cutting the first strips of fabric

Lesson Two

  • learn about seams and threads
  • pressing suggestions 
  • sew your fabric strips into the Bargello blocks
  • check for straightness and accuracy

Lesson Three

  • cut your Bargello Blocks into Bargello Strips. 
  • audition them on your design wall
  • add a corner design if you desire. 
  • strips will be joined to form each quarter of your design

Lesson Four

  • trim each quarter
  • audition the quarters and choose the final design
  • join each section
  • finish your quilt top
  • discuss quilting options (two designs included)