Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Trapunto Butterfly

Last week at quilt group we worked a sample of  trapunto.  I have done trapunto before  but only a small sample and I didn't know how to incorporate it into a quilt.  Now I do.
I was so fired up I came home and started a little wallhanging.
I put on my artist hat and used Carron Dache water soluble pencils to create this butterfly on a piece of cream silk.
After layering it with 2 pieces of wadding I back stitched by hand using standed cottons all the way around the design.
Next the scary part !! Trimming away the excess wadding from the back.  Had to be very careful not to cut the silk on the front.
After adding a couple of borders, more wadding and a cotton back, I was ready to start machine quilting.
First I outline quilted very close to the butterfly and leaves to make them 'pop'.
Then I worked a very small stippling design all over the background.  I wanted this to make the background as flat as possible.
I love this effect - and I definately have plans for a bigger project.
                                                      Detail
                                                      Another angle
My butterfly measures 16" x 16" and is now hanging in my workroom.
So that's another unexpected piece of work finished.
I've finished my baby quilt too and will post about that the next time.
Till then , thanks for stopping by.
Rhianon.

17 comments:

Linda Coleman said...

What a beautiful piece of work. I love the texture of the quilting and how the butterfly stands out.

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Wow! Your wallhanging is amazing! What patience with the quilting. I'm going to give trapunto a try.

Paul said...

I am once again in Awe... You are so talented. That is simply beautiful!

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

Superior Threads said...

That is just beautiful. I love the butterfly. You are very talented. Thank you so much for posting it.

Ricci

Tonya said...

That turned out wonderful! I have never done trapunto.

Editfolt said...

this is beautiful! Congratulations!

Julie Fukuda said...

I am in awe of anyone who can make a machine behave so well. That is a beautiful finish. Thank you for visiting and leaving me a comment.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thank you to everyone for your lovely, lovely comments. :)

LynCC said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing the process.

Laura said...

This is stunning. Did you hand paint the butterfly too? Have you done any tutorials on how you make your creations?
:)

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thank you LynCC and Laura , yes I did hand paint the butterfly ( I was a nervous wreck as it had to be pretty much perfect with the first mark on the fabric.)
I have done a couple of tutorials - one on the disappearing 9 patch block and the other on a Dresden plate cushion with ruffle edging.
They are on my blog - try March/ April time on my blog archive or they may pop up at the bottom of a post on the 'you may also like' feature.

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

*jaw drop* WOW Rhianon....just WOW!

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! That quilt is stunning! All of your quilts are fantastic! Congratulations!! It's so nice to find other quilters from other countries! :)

Sew Gramy Sew said...

Rhianon, I am new to blogging, it is amazing what you have done with your site. So tell me how do you have a picture and then a likd at the bottom of it to click on to go to the tutorial you want to see? I like that.

Sew Gramy Sew said...

I meant to say link at the bottom of the picture.....

Larissa said...

A question about the 'water soluble' nature of the pencils ... How do you ensure that the colour will remain on the fabric? I would automatically assume that when you needed to wash this, the colour would go ...

Zilá said...

Its very beatiful !!!

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