We love batting, right?! Even if it is that hidden layer in the middle of the quilt. It is as important as fabric! And in some situations, it becomes even more important than usual. I am thinking about the trapunto and shadow trapunto techniques.
You probably already know: trapunto is just a design enhanced with an additional layer of batting that gives it a pronounced “stuffed” effect.
So you make a sandwich from fabric and batting and stitch the design with water soluble thread.
The batting must be thick and fluffy…
This is what I usually use.
Then you cut away the excess batting. Some quilters find this task tedious, I find it rewarding, I LOVE it!
Then you add batting and backing and quilt as desired; heavy quilting is desired!!
Then you wash the quilt, to get rid of the first stitching done with water soluble thread. You will end up with an amazing texture on your quilt!
I used Aurifil 50wt for this final quilting; the beautiful gradation fabric is from the Gelato Ombre collection (Daiwabo for E.E Schenck, bought from equilter.com).
Trapunto is an absolutely fabulous technique, and you can use it in so many ways…
I haven’t made too many trapunto quilts, not because I don’t like it, but because…
I discovered something even more interesting…SHADOW Trapunto! A trapunto stitched on a sheer fabric. Most quilters use cotton batiste for this technique, I wanted something more transparent so I use organza.
I stitched the design through paper, you need something to stabilize the organza…
Cutting the batting away…
Then the endless fun begins… what background to put underneath??
So, what do you think about these technique? What could stop you from trying them?
You can do it even if you think you still need more free motion quilting practice…Cutting the batting away- you don’t need special skills for this!
Just look below at one of my first quilts! I am a little embarrassed! But I have made so much progress since then.
And only because I wasn’t discouraged by my first attempts. I did not even think that they were so bad, actually, I was so proud of them!
Then I made better and better quilts…
So, do you want to try it?
Download below complete tutorials, some tips and tricks and 3 designs for your practice.