I come from a long line of sign writers and am happiest with a brush and some paint! Add
paint to fabric and I get really excited!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bargello Hearts and Complementary Coloring, a Client’s Quilt

It was only as I chopped the green onions that I recognized the pattern.
I looked behind me to the plate of thinly sliced cucumber and wedges of tomato.
I remembered filling my shopping basket with brussel sprouts, asparagus spears, firm sweet peppers, strawberries, leeks, a mouth watering canary melon.
It was the perfect example of art imitating life. Or life imitating art? 

When I teach my color theory classes, or give my hour long presentation on the same topic, part of the program emphasizes looking to Mother Nature for color guidance. An interesting twist on this topic, here I was, innately recreating the colors I had been quilting with, only this time they were on my plate.

During the recent Greater Moncton Quilt Guild retreat, one of our members was working on this luscious bargello top.
I admired it from afar and remember thinking how much fun it would be to quilt.
Yesterday as I handed this beautiful quilt back to its maker, I laughingly told Marie my thoughts that weekend. And how excited I was when I saw the top she asked me to quilt for her!

As I sat and munched my veggies and fruit last evening, I reflected on how your mind make these connections and how I was so obviously influenced by the colors of Marie’s top. Perhaps I just wasn’t ready to let the piece go and this was my way of re-creating those wonderful complementary and gradient colors. Whatever the reason, the quilt is rich and gorgeous, the food was delicious and I am so happy to have had both to enjoy.


  1. I get it! Did you ever watch that show Connections with James Burke??? Your post reminds me of this program... cool! This is a gorgeous quilt expertly quilted by you!!

  2. Wow! What a beauty! You sure connected with it. Your quilting design is just perfect. I am practicing drawing out that swirly heart right now, with pen and paper.

  3. What beautiful photos! And such spectacular quilt! I'd be afraid to touch myself. I love the quilting you did on it. The pattern is perfect.

  4. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Thanks, Lorette! I will have to check that show out - sounds interesting!

  5. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Thanks, Linda! The hearts are wonderful to quilt and allow for a lot of artistic freedom. Have fun with them!

  6. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 11, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Thanks, Holly! Marie did a wonderful piecing and pressing job so it was a delight to quilt. She asked for hearts and a more wide open quilt pattern so I hope she is as happy as I am with the result!

  7. ola amiga gostaria de saber quantos centimetros que você cortou em cada peça pra fazer esse bargelo ? te aguardo Obrigado Abraco
    Kelly Teles

  8. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauAugust 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    The pattern is called Melindas Heart by Heidi K Farmer. I am told you can order it online from a company called Nancy’s Notions. Hope this helps!