It is difficult to get a good picture of the Scrappy Trapunto quilt, but here it is.
The quilt top was 57 1/2″ square, but with the trapunto, machine quilting and washing it ended at 54″ square. It surprised me a bit with how much shrinkage there was, but that is something to remember for future quilts.
I like the soft look of the trapunto and will use this technique in other quilts. How about some trapunto bats and ghosts on the Happy Halloween quilt?
This is my design wall – the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw by Judy Niemeyer.
I started this project the beginning of June and got the claw parts of the block finished. Now it is time to get busy and sew the bear paws. The pattern shows a table runner of 4 blocks and 2 pillows, but my plan is to make a quilt top. I still haven’t made a firm decision on the layout. Let’s be honest – 6 blocks is a strange number to set into a quilt unless you want a long skinny quilt which I don’t. I have several ideas, but I will be able to make a better decision once I can play on the design wall.
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All my plans for yesterday were derailed by this cutie.
She helped me unload the dishwasher, but she is too mobile & too curious to play in the sewing room. I did however find enough time to finish the embroidery for a Sunflower quilt. Next to it is the sunflower fabric for the border.
I had the idea for this wallhanging years ago and this is the year to get it done. The biggest problem that I had with starting this quilt was the background – none of the yellow fabric I had were right. In a light bulb moment I realized that a solid fabric would be better for the background than a batik. I decided on this Moda solid named – of course – sunflower. It blends better than it looks in the picture.
The machine quilting on the Scrappy Trapunto was a disaster on Saturday. I thought that it would work better to use the BSR foot on my Bernina, but it would stitch a couple of inches then not pick up the bottom thread. What I realized after rethreading my machine and changing the needle was that the laser on the bottom of the BSR foot had trouble with the higher trapunto side of the design, so Saturday night was spent picking out stitches. Sunday I moved to my Handi-quilter and that solved the problem.
I wanted just a slight puff for the trapunto and am very happy with the results. This is definitely a technique that I will use again. It is also great practice for using a ruler with a sit-down machine.
The plan is to finish the machine quilting this week. The center is slow going, but the rest of the quilt will be faster.
There has been a lot of grandchildren time and a little bit of sewing time since my last post. On August 6th, we (brother, son, grandson and I) had lunch on the Royal Gorge Lunch train. We called it our Decade Lunch because the only people invited had a decade birthday this year – 60, 50, 40 and 10. It was a beautiful day for a train ride and we had a wonderful time celebrating birthdays in a special way.
One of the goals on my 2016 list was making a bag. Bags, totes and purses are really not my thing, but I had bought this pattern years ago and decided now was the time to get ‘er done.
I really don’t know why it took me so long to actually sew the bag because it went together very quickly. I have two more of the magnetic snaps that the pattern uses, so I am thinking that they will make great gifts. It was lucky that this was a fast project, because the next several days were spent tending to grandchildren.
Once my babysitting duties were completed and kisses & hugs collected, I was ready to sit down in front of my sewing machine. In a couple of days I finished a scrappy quilt top for a test run of trapunto.
The center medallion is a pre-printed mini wholecloth that has been in my stash for years. It is so satisfying to finally use fabric/patterns that have been collecting dust, isn’t it? I think that is the satisfaction of knowing that you finally found the right project for the fabric.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt top is the borders. I like the look of the fabric wrapping around the corner on both the inner and outer border.
Last night I stitched down the trapunto batting and then started the hardest part – cutting the batting away.
It is going to be fun to see how this turns out. I am hoping to get the quilt sandwich put together tomorrow and then start the machine quilting. There are other projects sitting around calling my name, but this one was yelling the loudest.