Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I love trapunto!


This little lovebirds quilt is just so sweet. I knew I wanted to stuff the birds so they would puff up a little. And, I'm sure glad I did.

I cut the rough shape of each bird from poly batt (all 40 birds!). Then, as I got to each bird row, I spritzed each poly shape with quilt basting spray and tucked it in place between the top and the regular batting. The dense stipple really lays the surrounding area down so the birds are nicely rounded.

The design for the blue 4 patch blocks just popped into my head. A combination of free motion and use of a curved template.


I tried something I've never done before, and that was to use a simple border design, mirror-imaged to fill the border space. I really like how this turned out, although it was kind of hard to do. I mean the first pass with the first border design was easy. But, then when you quilt the mirror-image, you had to watch the design shape as well as the first quilting, so that the mirror-image landed in the right place. But, hah, it worked!

The border has a filigree-look to it from the back.

Karen McTavish always says to do the hard thing. She's right, this border treatment turned out so cute. Just what this quilt needed!

(Sorry, I had a couple more photos, but they wouldn't load.)

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination."
                                                                                      Roy Goodman