Ruth Ann Berry, the author of Bargello Quilts in Motion and Braided Bargello Quilts, is also the genius behind Quilter's Clinic, a quilt shop and pattern company in northern Michigan. We checked in with her to find out what she and the Quilter's Clinic team are up to!
These are busy times at Quilter's Clinic. We've exhibited at some great shows so far this year: at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Mountain Quiltfest, Chicago International Quilt Festival, and AQS Spring Paducah.
Quilter's Clinic booth at International Quilt Festival Chicago
I'm looking forward to teaching and vending at AQS Grand Rapids, Quilt Expo Madison, and International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival Houston later this year. We're filling up our guild presentation and show schedule for 2020 and hope to be able to accept invitations to some international shows that we weren't able to attend this year.
When I first started attending shows with my quilt shop, Quilter's Clinic, we decided to develop a series of ten throw-sized Bargello patterns that all have the same fabric requirements (8 fabrics each of 3 colorways, 3 strips of each fabric arranged in 3 mini Jelly Rolls).That way, using any three rolls, a quilter could make any of the patterns. Today I'm sharing one of the patterns from our five-yard Bargello series, ZigZag. You download the pattern HERE.
I have long been fascinated by Bargello quilts because they look so much more complicated than they really are. The process is truly simple, but with the right blending and contrasting, the results can be stunning. I view the Bargello quilt as a dimensional medium having multiple parts: one or more “scribbles” and a “background,” with the scribbles appearing to be painted across the background.
I'm also in the midst of an exciting new book project with C&T Publishing and have more proposals waiting in the wings. I've had the opportunity to do some pattern designing for Northcott, FreeSpirit, and Maywood Studio.
Ruth Ann Berry's patterns for Northcott: Reverie (left) and Vista Boxes (right)
We're sewing up some new patterns and a Block-of-the-Month project to unveil at Fall Market.
We continue to explore all the amazing things there are to see, do, and create in the world of quilting. On to the next idea. The sky's the limit!