11 January, 2017

wholecloth Allegory Story quilt

Good afternoon friends. 'Remember a couple of months ago when I won a gift certificate and purchased some quilting fabrics? The collection is Allegory Story by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics. Pictured above is the first of two projects with those fabrics. This panel is now a wholecloth wall quilt. Wholecloth refers to one piece quilt tops instead of many pieces in the quilt top. 'Decided to get bold (lol) and attempt the trapunto technique. This literally means "stuffed work", and is a process in which a heavier loft batting than is used for the main quilt is sewn behind the quilt top in design motifs. When the quilt's main batting is then later added behind the quilt top, those areas are raised to create a depth layer to the quilt. The background stitching also helps to accentuate the trapunto designs.

My background machine stitching is cloud-shaped on the top area and meandering on mid area. The lower section, where the fish are, has wavy lines quilting. The batting for the main quilt is Warm N' Natural©, and the trapunto batting is a higher loft from another company. The crescent moon (an added applique) & the houses are the areas that are trapunto quilted. Most wholecloth quilts do not contain appliques, so hoping this one appears to have been printed onto the fabric as the houses were. Can you see that they are raised? To see close-ups and the backing, follow the link below my signature.

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The two close-up views of the Allegory Story wall quilt are to show the quilting and raised areas. The backing is pieced with solid navy and solid aqua cotton fabrics. The machine quilted stitching is done in matching thread colors. In the top two corners are pockets for a hanging rod. 'Decided that navy binding would be a good choice. Overall dimensions are 18.50" X 42.50". This is my very first attempt at wholecloth quilting as well as trapunto, and honestly it was very challenging and educational. Yes, it was also fun. Have you done any wholecloth or trapunto quilting?

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