Learn how to create Trapunto with two layers of batting with domestic machine-quilting expert, Deborah Louie. Practise Deborah’s Trapunto technique while you create your own version of her feathered heart cushion.
Deborah shares all of her tips and tricks for creating the Trapunto
You’ll learn about the best tools and materials to use
Deborah takes you through the steps, from tracing the design onto fabric, stitching your first layer of batting to your fabric using dissolvable thread, quilting through your second layer of batting, creating the outline of your Trapunto, and quilting down the background to give your cushion more depth
After you’ve watched Deborah’s demonstration, the instructions will provide you with all of the steps, instructions and diagrams to create your own cushion
This smaller project is a good starting point for quilters with little free-motion quilting skills
Chapter 1: Meet Deborah Louie (5 mins)
Meet award-winning quilter, and domestic machine quilting expert, Deborah Louie, as she introduces you to trapunto and the project she will be teaching you.
Chapter 2: Preparation (6 mins)
Deborah shares her tips on how to trace your trapunto design onto your fabric and how to prepare for the trapunto.
Chapter 3: Trapunto sewing (13 mins)
Follow along as Deborah demonstrates how to do trapunto using two layers of batting. She will also share her advice on the best tools, material and batting you will need for creating your trapunto, along with how to setup your sewing machine ready for the trapunto.
Chapter 4: Quilting the outline & background filler (25 mins)
Deborah shares her advice on preparing your quilt sandwich and setting up your machine for quilting. Then, Deborah shows you how to quilt your outline and your background filler, plus her tips on free-motion quilting.
Chapter 5: Colouring the daisies & finishing the cushion (5 mins)
Add texture and dimension to your design, as Deborah shows you how to colour in your work with pencil and thread drawing, and then learn how to put your cushion together.
Chapter 6: Show and tell with Deborah (11 mins)
View a gallery of Deborah’s other quilts, with some spectacular examples of the visual impact of trapunto.
What crafts do you do? Quilt making really only, takes up all of my time . A little dress making in the holidays with my daughter.
How long have you been crafting? All my life really. Started as a very young girl making all of my clothes, then in1992 started making quilts and haven’t looked back.
Who taught you your skills? Self-Taught mostly and mentored by some wonderful Quilt NSW professional quilters .Over the years I have attended a class with Nancy Crow, Brenda Gail smith, Lorraine Downy, Michelle Mischkulnig and the late Coral Garnsey taught be my first sample quilt in 1992. Still to today Michelle Marvig advises me with my piecing.
Is crafting your hobby or your profession? I am a professional Quilter, teaching domestic machine quilting and applique both face to face and on line classes. Quilt designer, pattern maker, Bernina Ambassador.
Do you teach/publish your skills and projects? I have been teaching since 2000 and have had the honour to teach thousands of Australians and New Zealanders how to domestic machine quilt the Deborah Louie way with wonderful success. I am currently working on a series of patterns of my machine applique and quilted quilts to be available on my web site. Also, on line instructional life time classes in domestic quilting and applique.
What do you love most about crafting? Being able to be creative making beautiful quilts and to inspire others to love their own work. To make students happy, to take them further with their machine skills than they have ever been before. That’s very rewarding. Wonderful people to meet and making beautiful friends.
What is your proudest crafting moment/achievement? I am very proud of the fact that I am making a difference in people’s quilting lives. Connecting my love of quilting with others to inspire them, and still teaching and moving forward creating new classes. Developing new designs, growing, learning myself all the time after 17 years of full time quilting teaching and still loving it. I am very proud that I am moving forward with the times of internet learning,
5 words that best describe your craft style? Bright, happy, machine, textural, freemotion quilting.
Anything else that you would like to share? Go to www.deborahlouie.com.au for exciting on line domestic machine quilting, applique and know how to machine classes. Beautiful patterns with full piecing, applique and machine quilting instructions.