Advanced Fashion Design Student Completes Bargello Quilt

Mineral Wells High School Advanced Fashion Design student, GeorgeAnna Houchens, has completed a very lovely "Bargello" quilt. 


Have you heard of a Bargello Quilt?

 It is a stunning work of quilting art that is full of motion. Waves, curves and other shapes move gracefully across the quilt top. These quilts look incredibly difficult, but surprisingly, they are quite easy to make.


What is Bargello Quilting?

By definition, a bargello quilt is “one that is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement”.  Even though there are many curves and shapes featured on the quilt, there is no curved piecing whatsoever. More advanced quilters find enjoyment with quilting bargello as well with the simple yet creative piecework and color play.


The key to Bargello Quilting is fabric color and print.       

All ranges of color are used, from light to dark. When choosing colors, there are many choices. A common option is a variety of shades in a single color family for a monochromatic quilt. Another common option is two complementary colors. Small printed fabrics tend to be preferable.


Bargello Quilts are made in a unique way.

Strips are cut at a specific width and sewn together.  They are sewn into a strip of tubes with the seam allowances facing out. The tube is then cut into the necessary widths and opened with a seam ripper at the specified seams.  After all of the blocks are finished, precise placement can form all different kinds of overall patterns. Triangles, diamonds, waves, hearts and flames are just a few of the common designs that be created.


Family and Consumer Sciences at Mineral Wells School offers an exciting combination of many different types and levels of courses. Students find their future by exploring career options, digging deeply into an area of interest, and experiencing a role before graduating from high school. This prepares them for college, career, or an immediate job opportunity upon graduation.

Options in this department are Fashion Design, Advanced Fashion Design, Child Development, and Principles of Human Services. Ms. Eady, the instructor in this department, says that “an important aspect of her curriculum involves allowing students to have a hands-on experience in every facet of the creative learning process”. 



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