As part of the 2012 FMQ Challenge hosted by SewCalGal, I attempted the Trapunto tutorial offered by Diane Loomis. I probably should have used the pattern she offered. Instead I used a Celtic design. It was definitely a learning process and something I will use in the future.
1) If I had it to do over, I would use a higher loft batting for the initial trapunto application. The center circle design stood up some, but the interlocking ‘ropes’ on the corners and around the design ended up pretty flat. It could be that the design didn’t offer enough space to fluff.
2) To begin I was using a lighter bobbin thread during the trapunto stage. It showed a bit. Wish I hadn’t done that.
3) Used green YLI Silk thread for some of the quilting. It blended almost perfectly with the green batik. At first I liked working with it, but it began to break on me. Played with the tension some, but it kept breaking. Not sure what was behind that. …. If anyone has ideas, I would appreciate the feedback.
4) Switched to Isacord thread in a slightly paler, lime green. I always like working with Isacord, so didn’t have a lot of problems after that.
This was fun and I definitely want to try it again. Thanks to SewCalGal for hosting the FMQ Challenge and a huge thanks to Diane Loomis for offering the tutorial on trapunto. It was excellent with wonderful detail and photos.