1. Materials list- for the quilted front of the pillow.
- 18''x18'' background fabric
- 18'' x 18'' batting and backing
- 11'' x 13'' red scrap for the applique hearts
- 11'' x 13'' batting scrap for trapunto
- water soluble pen and temporary glue
Click here to download the 16'' design. A 7'' design is also available. If you need a bigger design, enlarge it.
Print the design in the original size. A test square is included on the first page.
Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the proper scale.
3. Assemble the paper pattern
Tape the pages together. To easily tape one page to another, remove the right margin of the first page (cut on the red dashed line) and tape the first page to the second page, and so on across the row. Use a similar method to tape the rows together.
4. Transfer the design onto the background fabric
Tape the paper pattern to a window and transfer the design onto the background fabric, keeping it centered. Use the water soluble pen.
If you use a light color background, you are able to see the design through fabric, without the help of a window.
5. Prepare the applique pieces
From the paper pattern, cut out the heart templates.
Turn the templates wrong side up and place them on the wrong side of the red fabric. Trace around the templates and cut out the fabric hearts.Handling the pieces carefully (it's easy to distort them), glue them in place on the background fabric.
If you need more information about trapunto, see the trapunto tutorial.
If you have a helper like mine, you should quilt it in no time!!
Then I stitched the red hearts outside the applique design with the walking foot. Then I filled the space between the red hearts with feathers.
Everything was quilted with Aurifil. I love this kind of trapunto that doesn't require water soluble thread!
After finishing the quilting, the piece must be washed, to get rid of the marking lines. Until it's washed, you can't say too much about how it turned out - the marking lines are very annoying!
I outlined the letters 4-5 times. They are small, the whole space taken by lettering isn't bigger than 2.5'' x 4''.
I hope you like it.
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