Do you remember this top ?
And this top ?
They became this! My largest shadow trapunto quilt – 55” x 55”.
When I started working on this quilt, there were two options: if everything goes well, I will make a beautiful quilt. If something goes wrong, instead of one quilt, I will make two- an applique quilt and a simple shadow trapunto.
My concern was that the trapunto design wouldn’t fit perfectly over the applique design. With almost 500 applique pieces and so many intermediate steps, no wonder I was worried.
But everything went perfectly, unexpectedly easy!
I basted the layers on the floor. I thought that I will have to match every single point of the trapunto with the corresponding applique point, but it wasn’t the case. I did this only here and there.
I suppose the reason that everything went perfectly was that the 2 tops were very accurately done.
I did not transfer the applique design on fabric. I glued the pieces on a blank top. The paper pattern was underneath and I could see the lines without any difficulty. And I did this in the artificial light. I love light colored fabric.
And, of course, best of all – the paper is the best stabilizer! That is why the trapunto design was perfect.
Working on this quilt I realized how much weights the cotton batting (in the middle layer).
It was very difficult to move the quilt under the needle, even though I used my industrial machine, which has big space under the arm.
It was the first time I used such light colored fabric for the background. But I wanted the focus to be on the colored sphere and nothing to distract from it (that’s the reason I ripped out stitches for 4 days).
The quilt was incredible flat after the quilting was done, but not so flat after washing. But I kept smoothing it on the floor and it became flat again.
I did not bother at all trying to keep the circle perfect and the outer border square, but they look good.
Do you like it ? Because the cats like it. Whenever I don’t watch them, they are right on top of it. I used a lot the lint roller.
This was the original design. I wanted a light gray fabric but it was always out of stock.
I would like to see the quilt with your eyes. Wouldn’t be great to be possible to remove the memories of the last months (the hard work, I mean) and see just the finished quilt, for the first time. Without any WIP memory … I am wondering what would be my feeling. For now, the quilt is already…old.
Definitely, I have to roll it and hide it for a few weeks/months. Maybe then it will be new for me too…
Well, I am sure that this happens to all of you, right ?
Do you like the technique? It is from my book.