Trapunto

Trapunto is a form of quilting where designs are padded or “stuffed” to create a three dimensional effect. Traditionally the padding was added by slitting the backing and threading a thick cord through the quilting design.

Today, with modern machine quilting techniques, it is no longer necessary to cut the backing to achieve the padded effect. 

However the process is still slow and painstaking as the design is effectively quilted twice, and requires the use of two pieces of batting. 

Firstly the batting which will create the padded effect is stitched into place on the reverse of the quilt top using water soluble thread. Any excess batting is carefully trimmed away leaving the padding only in the desired designs.

Secondly, the quilt top, last batting and quilt backing are stitched together in the normal manner

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