If you need a quick Valentine’s Day Quilted project, here is a tutorial for an easy appliqued heart design enhanced with trapunto.
I finished the 16” design into a pillow, but a little wall hanging would be great too.
1. Materials list- for the quilted front of the pillow.
- 18”x18” background fabric
- 18” x 18” batting and backing
- 11” x 13” red scrap for the applique hearts
- 11” x 13” batting scrap for trapunto
- water soluble pen and temporary glue
2. Print the design
Click here to download the 16” design. A 7” design is also available. If you need a bigger design, enlarge it.
Print the design in the original size. A test square is included on the first page.
Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the proper
3. Assemble the paper pattern
Tape the pages together. To easily tape one page to another, remove
the right margin of the first page (cut on the red dashed line) and tape
the first page to the second page, and so on across the row. Use a similar
method to tape the rows together.
4. Transfer the design onto the background fabric
Tape the paper pattern to a window and transfer the design onto the background fabric, keeping it centered. Use the water soluble pen.
If you use a light color background, you are able to see the design through fabric, without the help of a window.
5. Prepare the applique pieces
From the paper pattern, cut out the heart templates.
Handling the pieces carefully (it’s easy to distort them), glue them in place on the background fabric.
Place the trapunto batting underneath the fabric; make sure it covers the heart applique design.
Below is the view from the back. Applique the heart design, stitching through all the layers. I used the walking foot, a narrow zig zag stitch and red thread (that matches the heart fabric) in the needle.
I stitched the lettering with free motion quilting and a darning foot. You could use the walking and straight stitching too.
I used white thread for lettering, you could use a contrasting thread.
Cut away the batting around the heart design and lettering.
If you need more information about trapunto, see the trapunto tutorial.
Now the top is ready for quilting. Add batting (I used two layers) and backing and quilt as desired.
If you have a helper like mine, you should quilt it in no time!!
First I outlined the trapunto design (the hearts and lettering) and then I did a very dense quilting around the lettering.
Then I stitched the red hearts outside the applique design with the walking foot. Then I filled the space between the red hearts with feathers.
Everything was quilted with Aurifil. I love this kind of trapunto that doesn’t require water soluble thread!
After finishing the quilting, the piece must be washed, to get rid of the marking lines. Until it’s washed, you can’t say too much about how it turned out – the marking lines are very annoying!
I outlined the letters 4-5 times. They are small, the whole space taken by lettering isn’t bigger than 2.5” x 4”.
If you love heart designs, check out my Heart Quilt Patterns: