This shadow trapunto quilting tutorial is part of the series
Here is an “improved” version of the applique technique. The design is appliqued then it is raised with a layer of batting -this is an interesting combination of applique and trapunto.
- The batting under the design and a dense quilting will make the design stand out. Compare the pictures above and you will see the difference.
For this technique you need:
- background top fabric, fabric for the appliqued design, batting, backing (starch very well both fabrics used for the top of the quilt)
- batting for trapunto
- water soluble pen
- temporary glue
To assemble the pattern, cut on the dashed line of the first page and tape it to the second page.
Transfer the design to the background fabric
Use a light-box or a window. I taped the paper pattern to a window then I taped the fabric over it.
Using the water soluble marker, transfer the design onto fabric.
Reverse the paper pattern (flip it over) and copy the designs onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut on the lines.
Let it dry.
Add under the design a piece of thick polyester batting (see the trapunto tutorial for more information about the batting for trapunto).
Stitching through the top fabric and batting, secure the edges of the white design.
I used a matching thread and a medium zig-zag stitch. You could stitch with straight stitches too.
Here is the view from the back.
- Cut the batting away around the design (see the trapunto tutorial for tips on cutting the batting away). Cut as close to the stitching as possible but make sure you keep the stitching intact.
- Then make the usual quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. Usually, I outline the appliqued design first (quilting just next to the edge of the applique pieces) then I densely quilt the background.
Here are a few of my quilts stitched in this technique.
See the other tutorials of the series here.