Monday, September 9, 2013

On The Machine Today (Faux Traputno)

On the machine today is a nice Storm at Sea...

My customer and I decided on a little Heavy Metal....  Some how I go my camera on some kind of filter when I took this pic.  I kind of like it.

My customer used some wonderful batik squares that we decided needed a little faux traputno.

So I thought I'd give you a little how to...  This is a great technique for areas that you want to stand out without adding any extra stitching.  Works especially well for photo transfer quilts.  

This method of faux trapunto uses a second layer of batting in the area that you want to have a little extra loft.

 The first thing I do is measure the square I want to trapunto.  These measured 4 and 1/4", so I decided to cut my batting squares at 4 and 1/2".  This assures that the batting will be stitched down when I do my stitch in the ditch...

 I use 505 spray adhesive to position my batting squares behind the batik squares...

I do all this before I load the quilt top on my machine.  Now all that is left to do is the quilting.  Depending on the batting you use, you may want a dense background fill around the trapunto to make it POP even more.  For this quilt I simply stitched in the ditch around the batik square.

You can see the extra loft a little better in this pic...


  1. beautiful quilt-nice how she incorporated those batiks-cool dolphins!
    I've never done the faux trapunto-I can see where it would definitely be a plus on photo transfer quilts! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  2. Thanks Diane!

    When ever I get a photo transfer style quilt this is what I do...

    On the quilt I'm using Hobbs 80/20 for both batting layers. Most the time I use a higher loft for the trapunto with a lower loft or flat loft for the whole quilt. With that combo you see a greater contrast.

  3. now that is a much easier method then stitching and trimming! Can always do dense quilting around a motif to raise it more. Thanks for the idea Kim!

    1. Your welcome.... I've also have done this with applique blocks. After stitching in the ditch around all the applique I do a dense background fill.


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