Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Secret Garden Scrappy not-quite Bargello

Quick post today to link up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  You may recall I bought some FQs of Nel Whatmore's Secret Garden when I was at NEC in August (part of this post).

I just fell for the colours, the richness and depth of the coral, orange and purple, and decided I wanted to keep the pieces fairly large.  So eventually, after much deliberation and fondling of fabric I settled on the Scrappy Bargello pattern from Bonnie Hunter's long list of great free patterns at  It's a bit like Scrappy Trips, but not absolutely the same.  Equally fun though.

I have made several of Bonnie's patterns before as I love her scrappy approach and quick cutting and piecing methods.  A few years ago I made a Scrappy Bargello with 2 1/2" strips and it is still on my bed and one of my all-time favourite quilts.

So I decided it was time for another and that it would suit this fabric collection with added Fair Trade plains and a couple of Oakshott stripes from stash.  I cut the strips 3" for a change and now have a top measuring 60" square.  I think, though, that I'd like to add a couple of borders, and I am just waiting for the fabric to arrive, so it's still a WIP.

Have to confess to a major boo-boo however, which will be only too obvious from this last picture.... I must have been looking at too many Scrappy Trips on the web, and doing the pattern from memory, because I have set the blocks as for a Scrappy Trip Around the World, NOT for a Bargello!!!!   Oops...

Still, I like the fabric, I like the randomness, nobody's perfect....Will just have to re-title it when the borders are on and no-one will ever know...


  1. I absolutely love your "scrappy trips." It reminds me a lot of one that I made from a jelly roll.

  2. I love your "trip"!!! Love the colors. It makes such a fun difference to put contrasting fabrics in a trip quilt. congrats on a beautiful top!

  3. WOW! What incredible use of colour...I love trip quilts, and admire them whenever I see them, but yours just might be my all time favourite. It is absolutely stunning!

  4. Oh well - it still looks great! I sometimes do that too - start with one thing in mind and make an oops and make something totally different. Love the scrappyness!

  5. This quilt is really lovely, I really like the fabrics you used. I think it will look great with a border, can't wait to see it finished.

  6. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments - you are so kind to take the trouble and I am glad you like the quilt. I cannot really take credit for the colours though (apart from loving them!) as it was all based on the collection - so applause for the designer, Nel Whatmore. We are so lucky to have such beautiful fabrics out there today, and a collection is a great starting point. All the best with your own current projects.