Monday, March 7, 2016

Bargello QAL - Fabric Requirements - Baby B Bargello

Bargello quilt QAL Fabric requirements

This post has the fabric requirements for the Baby B bargello which finishes at 16'' square.   If you want to make the Queen B - the wall hanging at 36'' 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 Baby B finishes at 16'' square.  You will need:

  • five (5) pieces of fabric, one for each of the main colors..  The minimum size fabric you'll need is a fat eighth (9 x 21'') or a single  2 ½'' WOF strip.  (A leftover jelly roll strip would be perfect.)
  • one quarter (¼) yard of the background fabric.  A FQ will also work.
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For my Baby B, I chose rainbow fabrics from my stash.

The table below tells you how many strips you will need of each fabric to make the Baby B.   The colors listed are only suggestions as per the Baby 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 1Using a FQ for each of the main colors.

You'll need two (2) strips at  2 ½'' in total.  Press your FQ and lay across the cutting mat as shown in diagram.   You'll use about a third of your FQ

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

You'll need two (2) at  2 ½'' in total.  Press your F8 and lay across the cutting mat as shown in diagram.   You'll use about half of your F8.

From the white/cream background, cut three (3) WOF strips at 2 ½'' wide.  Then cut each strip in half so that you have six (6) strips, each 2 ½ x 21 ‘’.   Alternatively, use a FQ and cut as shown above to get strips 21'' in length.

Sort your strips set into two (2) piles.  Each pile will have eight (8) strips - one (1) of each of the eleven main colors and three (3) 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!.

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

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

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Well, this looks interesting. Something new to try, I have seen some beautiful quilts done like this.

  2. Think this is going to be fun. Picking colours later today.

  3. I am in...I picked out some batiks from my stash and have everything cut and ready to go. I have wanted to try this pattern but didn't want to make large quilt...the small one is perfect for me, thanks!

  4. I'm going to have a go with V & Co. ombre fabric. It'll be a bit of trial and error using that type of fabric but I'll try baby version and learn any lessons from that before going onto the momma quilt ;-) Thanks so much for this


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