If you have been a fan on Craft Passion Facebook’s page, perhaps you already knew that I just bought a Bernina quilting sewing machine. This trapunto baby quilt blanket is the first project I did with this superb machine I have ever owned.
Before decided on Bernina, I have been eyeing for a good quilting sewing machine with long arm space and durable for my kind of usage, where, I sew from thin to very thick fabric. My departed sewing machine might not heavy duty enough to go through my torture, it gave ways and died on me when I was just started with this baby blanket. I was disappointed and upset because I need to haul off at this early stage of my new interest.
With desperation, I went for a test drive on my friend’s Bernina and when she showed me the Stitch Regulator (BSR), I fell in love with this little gadget the moment I tried on freehand motion with it. Wow… that’s amazing, I never thought that freehand motion can be done so smoothly with so little practice.
The stitch is so perfect that I can hardly archive it with my retired machine. Immediately, I called up our local Bernina and they sent up a B 550 QE to me 3 days later. I was so happy as I was able to continue with the baby blanket for my distant best friend who is expecting a baby boy 🙂 [If you are in Malaysia and would like to know more about Bernina, contact me for reference.]
If you are curious what’s so special about this baby quilt, I used trapunto technique to quilt this baby blanket. The trapunto makes the prints on the fabric “pop up” or inflated to make it looks more dimensional. The technique is quite easy but required more steps and works.
Look at the sun that “float out” off the blanket at the photo below, that’s the effect trapunto quilting is giving. I wish I can show you the before and the work in progress photo, but stupid me, formatted my camera’s SD card before knowing that I haven’t transferred them to my computer. Hope that my descriptions are clear enough for you to understand, otherwise, I will make another detailed tutorial when I finished my kids’ blanket.
Trapunto Baby Quilt
1. Panel fabric
2. Backing fabric
3. Binding fabric, 2″ wide, slightly longer than the baby quilt circumference [don’t have to be bias cut]
4. High Loft polyester batting
5. Cotton batting
1. A sewing machine that able to do free motion quilting and able to lower its feed dog
2. Curved safety pins or spray-on temporary adhesive
4. Roller cutter
5. Cutting mat
7. Clover 1″ (25mm) bias tape maker (optional)
Determine which objects/prints you want to apply for trapunto, cut a piece of high loft batting slightly bigger than the print.
Place the batting at the wrong side of the fabric, under the print. Secure with the curved safety pin and make sure it covers the whole print.
Change sewing machine presser foot to darning foot, if you are using Bernina, change it BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator). Lower your feed dog. Stitch around the outlines of the prints with thread color closest to the print main color or the outline color. I used grey or blue.
Follow the outlines and free motion stitch 2-3 rounds, don’t worry that you can’t follow exactly. Make sure the beginning and the end thread were overlapped, clip them off near to fabric after you have finished, or, you may bring the thread to the back, knot it and cut.
Turn to the wrong side and clip the batting near to the stitching lines outside the print.
After you have finished trapunto all the objects, sandwich the cotton batting with the top fabric and a backing fabric. The batting should be around at least 1″ bigger than the top fabric and the backing fabric is bigger than the batting. Secure with curve safety pins or spray-on adhesive.
Stipple stitch the area that you want them to “sink”, for these instances, the sky, the sea, and the border. Start from the center and work towards the edges. When you reach the trapunto outline, go around it a little outside of its outlines.
Notice that the cloud, ship and the white part of the sea have no high loft batting underneath them to make the trapunto effect, it give a little raised effect but not as high as those with high loft batting underneath them.
Trim the quilted blanket to the correct size with proper right-angle corners.
Change presser foot to normal sewing foot, raise the feed dog.
To make the 1/2″ binding with mitered corners, follow this video I found on Youtube. Or, follow this photo tutorial at Craft Stylish.