Ok, so you’ve been quilting for a while now and have a pretty good handle on the basics. Everyone says your quilts look good and you agree with them. But there’s another voice in the back of your mind that keeps piping up whenever someone tells you how good your quilts are. “Lots of people can make a good quilt,” it says. “What you want now is to make a great quilt. In fact, a work of art!”
The difference between a good quilt and a quilt that’s a work of art is trapunto. Trapunto involves the techniques required that give an elegant, formal, three-dimensional look to a quilt – things like feathering, multi echo swirls, micro background fillers and pinning. It’s one of the more advanced and potentially challenging techniques to master, but worth every bit of the effort once you start churning out quilts that wouldn’t look out of place hanging in the Quilt & Craft Fair.
Deborah Louie is running a trapunto class on Thursday 16 September at Blueberries. This is for anyone who’s ready to take the next step from good to great and hone the artistry of their quilt making. Deborah was recently awarded the ‘Best in Show’ trophy at the Fair in June and will be sharing some of her many other award-winning quilts with her students in the class.
“Trapunto is like embossing on fabric,” Deborah says. “It’s a way of transforming a singe piece of fabric into a work of art. After the class, people will be able to transform their own quilts in ways they wouldn’t have thought possible, adding timeless elegance to them.”
Trapunto with Deborah Louie
Thursday 16 September 2010, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Details on Blueberries website
Above and below – two examples of the transforming effect of trapunto on fabric.