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Trapunto vs. applique?

Old 03-03-2010, 01:28 PM
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I am in the planning stage of making a couple quilts for my married daughters.
I'd like to put their last name on each quilt.

I considered using shadow trapunto for their names but was afraid the cotton batiste might not hold up well since it'll be a quilt that will be used constantly.
I've never done trapunto.

So then I considered applique but I wonder how well the edges will hold up?
I've only done applique once so I don't really have alot of experience with it.

The quilts will have lots of washings and dryings and kids rolling around on top etc.

What d'ya think?
Has anyone made both kinds and have "statistics" for me? :D
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:40 PM
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Have you thought of embroidering their names?
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:13 PM
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Yes.
I could embroider their names but I thought that wouldn't hold up any better than the other 2 ways, maybe even worse?
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Originally Posted by fabric-holic
I am in the planning stage of making a couple quilts for my married daughters.
I'd like to put their last name on each quilt.

I considered using shadow trapunto for their names but was afraid the cotton batiste might not hold up well since it'll be a quilt that will be used constantly.
I've never done trapunto.

So then I considered applique but I wonder how well the edges will hold up?
I've only done applique once so I don't really have alot of experience with it.

The quilts will have lots of washings and dryings and kids rolling around on top etc.

What d'ya think?
Has anyone made both kinds and have "statistics" for me? :D
Thanks--
Karen
what is trapunto?
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:41 PM
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I'm not sure about the trapunto, but either the embroidered version of applique should hold up just fine. I've done both on quilts that have been washed at least a hundred times and they are still there!
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Marjpf
I'm not sure about the trapunto, but either the embroidered version of applique should hold up just fine. I've done both on quilts that have been washed at least a hundred times and they are still there!
What kind of applique did you use? I really like to do needle turn but so far, I'm only doing it on wall hangings for fear that it'll rip off.
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Originally Posted by PhyllisM
what is trapunto?
It is "stuffing your quilt"

In traditional trapunto the outline of thin shapes (imagine a stem) were sewn and a thick cord was pulled into the shape from underneath giving it that raised effect.

In modern trapunto, an extra layer of batting is added and the outline of the pattern secured through the batting. Any exess is cut away. Then the entire piece is layered with batting, backed and quilted, giving the outlined area that extra thickness.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-tr...uilting-71255/
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:44 PM
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If you do the fuse and turn method of applique you get a finished edge and if you stitch that down with your preferred stitch it should hold up well. No worries about it fraying.

If you use cord in the trapunto you won't have to worry about it getting flattened.

I'm still a newbie to quilting but I've done a lot of other crafting.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:07 AM
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Originally Posted by tkhooper
If you do the fuse and turn method of applique you get a finished edge and if you stitch that down with your preferred stitch it should hold up well. No worries about it fraying.
Since applique sits on top of the quilt wouldn't it eventually start to come loose no matter which applique method used? I mean thread eventually gets old and weaker as it ages from sunlight, washing, drying etc. Also kids trying to pick at it, dogs lying on top of it. lol

Maybe there really isn't a "perfect" way to do this.
Each technique has its weak link sort of.
I'm leaning toward shadow trapunto but I have visions in my head of the batiste getting holes in it down the road.

I guess I really need to ask how well cotton batiste holds up? Its thin-ness bothers me.

Maybe I'm worrying too much. I have a bad habit of that.
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I'm not sure about the trapunto, but either the embroidered version of applique should hold up just fine. I've done both on quilts that have been washed at least a hundred times and they are still there!
What kind of applique did you use? I really like to do needle turn but so far, I'm only doing it on wall hangings for fear that it'll rip off.
I fused then zigzagged on the machine. I think needle turn is prettier, but was also afraid it would not be as sturdy.
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