What makes a quilt a bargello quilt?
And what does colorwash mean?
In the introduction to my second book, Colorwash Bargello Quilts, I credited 3 main influences:
- Centuries-old bargello needlepoint, also known as Hungarian point, flame stitch, or Florentine work.
- Modern strip-piecing methods pioneered in the 1970s by quilt artists such as Barbara Johannah
- Colorwash/watercolor quilting designers in the early 1990s such as Deirdre Amsden, Pat Maixner Magaret, and Donna Slusser.
I also recognize the influence of traditional quilt patterns such as Trip Around the World and Star of Bethlehem or Lone Star when the makers have used gradations of color and/or value in their fabric layout.
In my bargello-style quilts, I emphasize blending the colors and visual textures of the fabrics to create smooth gradations and transitions or “washes” of color across the face of the quilt, punctuated at intervals with areas of higher contrast.