Monday, March 7, 2016

Bargello QAL - Fabric Requirements - Queen B Bargello

Bargello quilt QAL Fabric requirements

This post has the fabric requirements for the Queen B bargello which finishes at 36'' square.   If you want to make the Baby B - the mini at 16'' square - go visit this post!

I'm so glad you are quilting along with Elm Street Quilts Bargello QAL!  This is going to be a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what you create.

The overall schedule and information on our terrific sponsors can be found at the main page for the bargello QAL.  You can also read more about the sponsors in last week's kickoff post.


Picking fabric is an extremely fun part of any new project!

You can use fat quarters (FQ), fat eighths (F8), leftover jelly roll strips or some nice sized scrap for each of the colors in the bargello.  You can also cut your strips from yardage - throughout this series, when you see "WOF" it means width of fabric - strips cut across yardage that is 42'' wide.

The Queen B finishes at 36'' square.  You will need:

  • eleven (11) pieces of fabric, one for each of the main colors..  The minimum size fabric you'll need is a fat eighth (9 x 21'').  Two (2) jelly roll strips of each color will also work
  • one (1) yard of the background fabric 

Bargello quilt American made brand solids

For my Queen B, I chose rich jewel tone colors from the American Made Brand solids.

To duplicate the Queen B, here are the AMB solids I used:

navy blue (AMB 53), olive (AMB 24), periwinkle (AMB 85), brown (AMB 15), dark rust (AMB 72), dark blue (AMB 30), royal blue (AMB 21), aqua (AMB 33), gold (AMB 68), light sky (AMB 97) and brick (AMB 51).

(You can purchase AMB at Fat Quarter Shop plus many other fine fabric stores.)

The table below tells you how many strips you will need of each fabric to make the Queen B.   The colors listed are only suggestions as per the Queen B sample.  Have fun raiding your stash to find the fabric you want to use.

Cutting instructions

The strips for each of the main colors can be cut from fat quarters (FQ) and fat eighths (F8).  You can also cut from a traditional ¼ yard  and cutting the width of fabric (WOF).

Example 1: Using a FQ for each of the main colors.

You'll need three (3) strips of  2 ½'' in total.  Press your FQ and lay across the cutting mat as shown in diagram.   You'll use slightly less than half of your FQ

Example 2: Using a F8 for each of the main colors.

You'll need three (3) strip of  2 ½'' in total.  Press your F8 and lay across the cutting mat as shown in diagram.   You'll use almost all of your F8.

From the white/cream background, cut eleven (11) WOF strips at 2 ½'' wide.  Then cut each strip in half so that you have twenty two (22) strips at 2 ½ x 21 ‘’ long.   (One of these can be put aside as you need twenty one (21) for the quilt.)

Sort your strips set into three (3) piles.  Each pile will have 18 strips - 1 of each of the eleven main colors and 7 of the background strips.

Put one of these strips sets up on a design wall if you have one.  Put the strips in the order you believe you will sew for the bargello.  Then come back in a few days and make sure you are still loving the order and the fabric you choose.

Next week, we'll cover the overall basics of assembling a bargello quilt and you  can start sewing!

Thanks for sewing along - leave a comment on the colors / fabrics you are choosing!

Instagram your progress with #elmstreetquilts and #bargello as our social tags.

Join the new Elm Street Quilts QAL Facebook group and share your progress!  It is going to be a lot of fun to see how everyone is doing!.

My thanks to the wonderful people at American Made Brand for sponsoring this Bargello QAL.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I'm planning on reds for my coloured strips, maybe with a brown one through the middle. And because I can't seem to make a pattern without changing something I think I'm going to use seven cream fabrics for the background.

  2. Hi...I'm using older Thimbleberries for my strips in burgundies,pinks, greens, browns and golds with a cream as background.

  3. Love this bargello! Can't decide which version to make!

  4. Great idea! I hated my Bargello quilt I made years ago... was happy to get rid of it. But I really love it as a mini!


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