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. Sewing machine that able to do free motion quilting and able to lower it’s 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)
High loft batting is for trapunto on the prints that you want to make it pops out, and, cotton batting is for the whole baby blanket.
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 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 a round 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 this instances, the sky, the sea and the border. Start from center and work towards the edges. When you reach the trapunto outline, go around it a little outside of it’s outlines.
Notice that the cloud, ship and the white part of sea has 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 in Youtube. Or, follow this photo tutorial at Craft Stylish.
A quilted blanket with trapunto effect is done, faster than I thought it would take.
Thanks to Bernina, I really love this new toy.