Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Trapunto Quilt Challenge

I have always loved the look of Trapunto. It is like making a whole cloth quilt but in little sections at a time!

I couple years ago I taught a class on trapunto. My students made beautiful table runners. One of the girls in my class became good friends with me and she now sews in our Thursday night sewing group. Marsha fell in love with Trapunto from the very beginning and this past Christmas made 3 more runners! We both said we would love to challenge ourselves to making full size Trapunto quilts for our beds. Well the challenge is on! I started cutting out my squares last Thursday night. Marsha couldn't make the sewing group that night but I believe she will be with us tomorrow. She plans to start this then too.

Below is one of my favourite trapunto books. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been looking through the book and trying to decide on a pattern. I knew I needed something that I wasn't going to get tired and sick of halfway through the project.

This is what I came up with! At the moment I have 12 blocks cut and just six of those are traced using my portable light box. Tonight I plan to get the remaining six blocks traced. By tomorrow night (Thursday) I should be ready to get a start on the trapunto work. I have a nice stock of wash away thread to get me started, and a pile of old pieces of batting from cut aways from quilts, and left overs. I think this will be a great way to use up all those bits and pieces of batting lying around!

I think I will bring my camera with me tomorrow night and take some photos of what pattern(s) Marsha intends to use. Maybe I'll try to get some of the other girls working on their projects. It might be difficult as I don't think they like their photos taken. I know for sure Mum hates it! But I might be able to take photos of what they are working on.

So on that note, I am off to get some more tracing done of my squares.

Quiltingly Yours

1 comment:

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Trapunto, whoa! Let us know how you make out with that Andrea. The idea of trapunto has always scared me off.
I'm such a sissy, LOL