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Batty for Bargello | A quilted reversible table runner

by Robin Bogaert

This week, I’m so excited to share with you how to make a reversible fall and Halloween table runner. It’s so versatile with its bargello style on the front and batty and Halloween designs on the back. This table runner is made with Fabric Creations Cotton and UNIQUE sewing notions. Through the process of making this project, you will learn how to bargello piece, quilt as you go, and sew easy bat appliqués to the back making it reversible.

Be sure to follow along all week, learn some new, completely free, and easy techniques to make this table runner and change up your fall home decor! Also, be sure to download the free bat graphic, layout and coloring page  as well and join in the fun.

Picture of an orange, black, gray, and white bargello style quilted table runner on a wooden chest with a pumpkin and fall wreath.

Batty for Bargello Reversible Table Runner made with gorgeous Fabric Creations Cotton

What is bargello? Bargello was really developed early in the history of needlepoint embroidery as stitches, long and short that create gorgeous repetitive designs. Quilters have adapted bargello as a series of fabric strips with carefully chosen colors that are laid out in a mathematical pattern to create beautiful, ombré wave-like patterns.

To make this Batty for Bargello Table Runner I used the following.

Fabric Creations Cotton (front)

Fabric Creations Cotton 100% Cotton Fabric Solids (back and binding)

UNIQUE sewing 30 binding and hem clips

Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Quilt Batting

Best Press Starch Alternative

KAI Ultra Rotary Cutter Replacement Straight Blade -45mm

HEATNBONDFeather Lite Iron-On Adhesive

Gütermann MCT Sew-all Thread

Picture showing 12 colors of patterned fabric in black to white and oranges, black and orange solid fabric, Best Press, binding clips, batting, thread, rotary blade, HeatNBond

Supplies needed to make the Batty for Bargello Table Runner

Other required materials:

  • 12 different 8″ x 21″ pieces of cotton fabric, ranging in color from dark to light in 4 color ways, refer to picture above. I used orange as a color pop and to reflect the season. Fat quarters will work, Fabric Creations Cotton and a few from my own stash. The fabric colors are:
    • 3 shades of black
    • 3 shades of dark gray
    • 3 shades of light gray to white/gray
    • 3 shades of orange
  • 22″ x 52″ fabric for the backing
  • 12″ x WOF fabric for binding
  • light weight fusible web
  • fabric starch or alternative
  • quilt batting
  • thread to match the fabric, I used orange, black, white and gray
  • sharp rotary blade and rotary cutter
  • 6” x 24″ cutting ruler recommended
  • cutting mat
  • sewing machine
  • ¼” foot
  • free motion foot
  • scissors
  • a hot dry iron

***Recommended: bat graphic, bargello layout, and coloring page available for free download here 

Be sure to grab your free layout here and come on back tomorrow for instructions on how to cut the gorgeous Fabric Creations Cotton. I’ll be discussing how I prepared the fabric too. In addition, I’ll share essential tips for accurate cutting that you can use for all your quilting projects.

Batty for bargello graphic layout coloring page

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: 2 essential TIPS for cutting perfect Bargello patchwork strips


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