Toady I am waiting for it to rain because the garden needs it. While I do that I am working on adding the trapunto to the reindeer quilt. It is turning out great.
I posted some pictures on Facebook and got some questions about it so I will answer them here as well.
- What will the back look like? wont it be full of holes? NO. the needle doesn’t break any threads it does look like it makes a hole but it closes right up when it is washed. The threads of the fabric go right back into place. Aside from the hanging sleeve it will be hard to tell the difference between the front and the back.
- Wont that cause the quilt to be distorted? NO. Since I do the trapunto after all of the quilting is done all it can do is fill up those unquilted areas. The quilting holds it all together and keeps it flat and square. I might need to do a bit of steaming after it is washed to get out wrinkles, but I would do that even if there was no stuffing . If it is a quilt that is not for a show I really don’t worry about that at all and just let the wrinkles come out on their own (they do disappear on their own over time while the quilt is unfolded and hanging or on a bed.
- Wont the stuffing get all bunched up in the wash? NO. I washed and dried (in the machine) my large feathered whole cloth quilt several times so far and it has not been a problem at all.
I am also adding stuffing to the grid and the bells. here is a small section with some of that finished. (6 bells on the right are stuffed.)
Here are some more pictures of the progress (click pictures to enlarge)