Sunday, October 17, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In Results With Trapunto and Spiders on the Loose

This is a table runner that I had done a class on many years ago.  It is all finished, but I had decided to do a little trapunto in the quilting so it has been sitting in my sewing room for a long time unfinished.

I had decided that I wanted to trapunto the machine quilted sunflowers to make the quilting show up more.  The first step is to glide your needle with a double thickness of yarn between the quilted layers.

I then pull the yarn through my first hole (making sure that the tails of yarn are even), but not out of the quilted layer.  The whole purpose of trapunto is to leave some yarn behind that act as a fill.  The yarn is then clipped close to the quilt, but being careful not to damage the quilt.  Please don't do this when you're tired or in a hurry because you don't want to accidently damage your quilt.

After you have your object filled, I glide my needle back in the layers and pull the yarn all inside the quilt.  What I like about this technique is there are no holes in the quilt.  I've always liked the look of trapunto, but couldn't get past the old fashioned way of slicing the back and stuffing.  I know there are better ways of trapunto and I will eventually explore those techniques :)

Oh no----
There are spiders on the loose in the bakery!
No, it's just me doing a cake for some special people.  The cake will be displayed with special clear plastic pillars that will be at different levels.  The smallest cake will have a skull on top.
Yes--those are black widow spiders.

Anyone that is familiar with me knows that I don't like spiders!  They are welcome to be outside, but not inside with me--let alone on a cake.  I've been fighting the urge to swat a spider.
I did enjoy doing the cake and hope that they had a wonderful party :)

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne


Sandra said...

Nice tips on the trapunto. The extra details will be lovely in your table runner.

The cakes are beautifully decorated. I also prefer that spiders stay outside:)

Kay Lynne said...

Sandra--I'm not so sure about the beautifully decorated part!