The Argyle quilt is a contemporary Bargello quilt pattern. The definition of “Argyle” is “a pattern composed of diamonds in two or more colors.” This eye-catching design is sewn to capture the beauty of exquisite diamonds; its beauty will be a gorgeous focal point in any room. This specific Argyle is a gorgeous blend of black and silver with the perfect splash of blues blended throughout! This handmade Argyle quilt boasts a scalloped border all the way around and 234 yards of hand-quilting, all quilted by only one Pennsylvania Amish quilter, Mrs. Swartzentuber, to insure uniform stitches. The Argyle quilt is initialed and dated. On a king bed, the quilt will drop about 20 inches on each side. The length is sufficient for a pillow tuck.
Homemade quilts combine the warmth of a bed cover with a unique story told by the quilters from Lancaster County, PA. Every homemade quilt is as unique as the family, busy mother or Amish ladies group who uses a needle and thimble to thread stitch on the quilt. Some quilts involve hundreds of hours and thousands of stitches to create a unique patchwork quilt that will last for generations.
Linking Heart Pattern Bargello Quilts in Lancaster, PA
Tracing the Threads of the Bargello Quilt Pattern’s History
Quilters didn’t create the Bargello motif; it was first found in needlepoint embroidery, on the upholstered chairs from the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy, dating from the 17th century. With this origin, the pattern has variously been called the Bargello stitch and the Florentine stitch. It’s even called the Hungarian point, since there is evidence that Hungarian royalty, including Queen Maria Theresa, also practiced this art.
Traditionally, Bargello Quilt’s embroidery is sewn with wool thread on canvas, using mathematical patterns of stepped vertical stitches. Quilters adapted these patterns, sewing together long strips of material and cutting them crosswise to make lines of blocks, then offsetting the rows to each other. Cutting narrow strips and setting them in steep stair-steps creates the fiery, sharp points on the Bargello Flame quilts; cutting wide strips and placing them in gradual stair-steps produces the flowing waves of the Surf Song quilts.
By now, the Bargello Quilts pattern has morphed into many different variations–the criss-crossing weave of the Mystic Night pattern, the flowing hearts of the Love Within pattern, the interlocking diamonds of the Argyle pattern, and the joined hearts of the Linking Hearts pattern.
Welcome to Family Farm Handcrafts! Quilt making is an iconic representation of the Amish way of life, where working with their hands is highly valued. All items in our store are hand-stitched or handmade.