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    I've never trapuntoed (?) anything but I have a question or two about it. I'm going to quilt around some embroidered flowers and I want to trapunto them so that the flowers stick up.

    My understanding is that I would go through the backing and stuff extra stuff in here. Do I stuff it through the batting as well? Do I just put it behind the batting and the puffiness will happen on its own?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Marcia

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    when doing this type of trapunto (stuffed work) it's normally done between the fabric and batting

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    I do it before the quilting.

    Take some poly batting, place it behind your motif, and stitch around it to outline the flower with water solvable thread (or it you want that outline to show, then with a colored thread).
    Then cut away the excess batting. Carefully. ;-)

    Then you sandwich with the batting and backing, and quilt as you would normally.
    As you quilt densely around the flower, it will pop up even more.

    You also can quilt detail into the flower if you want - either when you're doing the sewing the batting on, or during the FMQ process, or both.
    You'll get different looks depending on what stage you do it.

    No cutting of the back and stuffing required.
    If you've got blocks or border strips, you can do each block separately even before they're put together.

    I had the insane idea do this and ended putting trapunto under 60+ stars on a quilt.
    And then handed it off to a LA to quilt.
    The results were fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    when doing this type of trapunto (stuffed work) it's normally done between the fabric and batting
    The back fabric or the quilt top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I do it before the quilting.

    Take some poly batting, place it behind your motif, and stitch around it to outline the flower with water solvable thread (or it you want that outline to show, then with a colored thread).
    Then cut away the excess batting. Carefully. ;-)

    Then you sandwich and quilt as you would normally, and when you quilt tightly around the flower, it will pop up even more.
    You also can quilt detail into the flower if you want - either when you're doing the sewing the batting on, or during the FMQ process, or both.
    You'll get different looks depending on what stage you do it.

    No cutting of the back and stuffing required.
    If you've got blocks or border strips, you can do each block separately even before they're put together.

    I had the insane idea do this and ended putting trapunto under 60+ stars on a quilt.
    And then handed it off to a LA to quilt.
    The results were fabulous.
    But I have my own LA and will do that (I think) first and then go back and insert the trapunto effect.

    I'm pretty sure that's how I want to do it anyway.

    Thanks though,
    Marcia

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    The point of the LA is irrelevant.

    I just happen to send my quilts out.
    I could have quilted it myself, if I wanted to.

    It is much easier to do it before than after.

    And if you do it after, a lot of the puffiness ends up on the back.

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    I suppose it would be-- I'll think about it. Thanks for the idea!

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    Patty Thompson - Trapunto Part 1 (of 2)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_wgE...eature=related

    It's long but very detailed - you'll probably figure it out and skip ahead, but it gives you all the steps.

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    Thanks to all!

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    sorry i was unclear, between the quilt top and the batting

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