So....I bought a very expensive, but not quite THAT expensive copy of "Elemental Quilting" by Karen McTavish, and told myself that since these books are worth so much now, I'd better step it up and learn some of these techniques (although customers I have would never pay for it).
I decided to follow her Trapunto method on a diamond wedding ring quilt top I had. Here are some pictures of the process:
|Quilted the elements in the marked squares then removed the quilt from the machine.|
|The next stage is to use embroidery scissors to cut right up to the stitching and removed the 8 oz. polyester batting outside of the element (or motif).|
|At this point, my mini-me Princess decided to load her own quilt and did her very first quilt for her baby dolls! So proud! What a cutie pie!|
|Then I re-loaded the quilt using backing and "Warm 'N' White" batting. I chose to do McTavishing in the melon units and pebbles around the Trapunto filled elements.|
|Work in progress, the pebbles are really getting the elements to pop out.|
|Freshly unloaded from the frame!|
|Another close-up. I'm loving how this turned out and I may just start doing all of my personal quilts this way.|
Oh...and good news! After searching for the book "Custom Curves" by Karen McTavish for over an hour at every single mom and pop quilt shop that I could find on the internet, someone HAD one last copy in their inventory -- so I bought it -- at the cover price! Whew...my collection is complete, and no, I won't be sharing that book anytime soon. (Ha ha!) Now...the real question...when am I ever going to bind this quilt? It's okay, my daughter hasn't bound her quilt yet either! I am a slacker when it comes to doing the binding.