Trapunto!

What is it, where and how do you use it?

Have you ever finished a beautiful quilt, where you've put in many hours, not to mention the amount of "love" that you've given to your quilt, only to find that it seems a little flat, a little drab & boring or a little ho-hum. Never mind, we've all been there. What if you could bring life, energy & dimensions to all your future quilts? Not only that, what if it was simpler than you could have ever imagined?

Trapunto will bring life, energy & dimensions to your quilts.

Would you "love" to be able to easily bring life & dimension to your quilting projects just like this piece here?

I'm feeling positive that you would, but your thinking that you couldn't possibly create this or something like it. Believe me, it's much easier than what I presume you're thinking. Check out the next image & I'll explain it more.

I've been doing trapunto for approx 35 years, & the way that I do trapunto is so easy.

Basically trapunto is wadding or stuffing added in behind the top layer of fabric, which then makes it "puff out".

Now with my technique, I definitely do "Not" cut into the back of my quilts & "poke" filling into the quilt, as many do.... that would be an awful thing to do to your quilt. The technique that I use, & have won many major quilt awards with, is all created "before" you layer your quilt for quilting. It's very simple to learn, even on a piece like this one here called "Fluttering Hearts".

Of course there's things you need to know & still learn

If you learn the right way from the very start, then you'll be creating magnificent pieces within a few short hours!

I've been teaching in-person classes & demonstrating for many years now, at quilting guilds, quilt shows, quilting groups, etc & everyone is always surprised at just how easy it is to do. Because it's a new technique, most people in the classes are feeling a little apprehensive, but within a very short time, the oohs & arhs and big smiles start happening and everyone becomes very excited, as they start to see their design starting to come to life. They always seem to be amazed, as I'm positive you will as well!

What can I expect to find within this course?

Within this "Fluttering Hearts of Elegance" trapunto course, you'll find many very easy & simple step by step videos where I clearly take you through every step to being able to create the two above pieces.

This course comes with the patterns for both the pieces you see here, the smaller gold single heart, "Fluttering hearts", is the one we initially learn the trapunto technique on, then the next piece is "Hearts of Elegance" , where it's basically the same pattern but with 4 main hearts. This allows you to create a magnificent piece, but not being overwhelmed with a new design. Easy Learning. You'll also receive a small booklet, followed by many very clear & explanatory videos, as you can view below, that show me creating & sewing these exact pieces that are within these images, from start to finish. When I teach any of my classes whether on-line like here, or in-person, I like to teach as if I'm sitting right beside you in your personal sewing room. The best way to learn anything, is to learn from someone that, not only, has great expertise & experience in what they are teaching, but someone that is very good at being able to teach others in a very simple way, so as not to overwhelm their students. If you have any issues at any time during this trapunto course, you're also able to contact me. I call all this "easy learning"! Be creative, Be inspired!

Trapunto Course Instructor

is myself personally.

Rose Lewis

Hello, I’m Rose Lewis, & I absolutely love teaching my many different & varied quilting techniques to lovely people just like yourself, all around the world. I love helping students explore & develop their own personal inner talents & passions that have often been hidden within them, often unknown to them. I like to instil an awareness & awaken them into a new way of looking at what they’re creating. I bring with me a huge amount of contiguous enthusiasm, creativeness & inspiration. I first started sewing on my mother’s treadle sewing machine many years ago. I went on to sew my clothes, then my children’s clothes, curtains, hemming & mending. In approx 1984 patchwork came to Australia, so a new journey begun. I’ve sewn many techniques over the years, but I specialise in applique that looks like needleturn but is all sewn on the sewing machine, trapunto, thread painting, fabric painting & other brilliant techniques. I’ve won many awards & ribbons over the years and been up in the running for Best of Australia several times, I’ve taught in-person classes in many parts of Australia, I written for one of the biggest quilting magazines in the UK, having my own regular pages as well as doing some feature articles for quite a while. I’ve also been featured in many quilting & country style magazines & I’ve been interviewed live on ABC country radio several times. I’ve been guest artist & speaker at many quilting shows & events and also written several books….and the list keeps growing. I love teaching & inspiring people just like yourself, with my creativeness, inspiration & enthusiasm. So, come & join me on this journey of learning with me through on-line classes, even if you’re a beginner & you’ll feel like I’m sitting right beside you in your sewing room. Be inspired, Be creative.
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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • INTRODUCTION

  • 2

    COURSE BOOKLET

    • Fluttering Hearts of Elegance Booklet

  • 3

    SUPPLIES

    • Flut Hearts 1.Class Supplies

  • 4

    FABRIC PREPARATION & TRACING "FLUTTERING HEARTS" DESIGN...

    • Flut Hearts 2. Fabric Preparation & Attaching Stabaliser

    • Flut Hearts 3. Tracing your design onto your fabric

  • 5

    TRAPUNTO WADDING

    • Flut H 4. Cut wadding & pinning to fabric

    • FLUT H 5. Sewing trap wadding to the fabric part 1

    • Flut H 6. Sewing trap wadding to your fabric Part 2

    • Flut H 7. Cutting your trapunto wadding

    • Flut H 8. Looking at trapunto totally cut

  • 6

    LAYERING OUR LAYERS

    • Flut H 9. Time to layer our layers

  • 7

    AT THE SEWING MACHINE

    • Flut H 10. Practice sewing trapunto on sample piece

    • Flut H 11. Quilting our hearts & feathers

    • Flut H 12. How to make your trapunto Pop. Quilting on practice piece

    • Flut H 13. Time to do the actual quilting

    • Flut H 14. Talking & showing the finished quilting

  • 8

    BASTING, CUTTING & WASHING

    • Flut H 15. Basting cutting & washing

    • Flut H 16. Our finished fluttering hearts

  • 9

    HEARTS OF ELEGANCE

    • Hearts of E 17. An overview of "Hearts of Elegance".

    • Hearts of E 18. Quilting & something that can go wrong!

    • Hearts of E 19. How to quilt around more diverse trapunto, so you don't have pleats & tucks in your quilting

    • Hearts of E 20. Congratulations, This is our final video in this course.

  • 10

    "HOW TO" Videos

    • How to fix a cut within your trapunto

    • Showing two different ways to quilt feathers

    • How to run in your thread tails

    • Bonus Pattern A daisy a day

  • 11

    REVIEW OF COURSE

    • Now that you've finished your Trapunto course... Would you be happy to leave me a review?

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Have you clicked on the drop down boxes in the course curriculum?

If you have, you'll see just how much this trapunto on-line course offers for you. As I keep saying, Trapunto is much easier to do then you may ever have realised, but there are certain tricks & tips to achieving magnificent results like in these two pieces. By learning how to do Trapunto with someone that has won many awards for her quilting & textile work, has been creating & teaching trapunto for many years now, you'll also be able to become proficient in creating trapunto in your quilts etc where others will be absolutely amazed at your results, that they could only dream of achieving. Remember, it's easier to create than you imagine!

FAQ

  • I'm feeling rather nervous about learning Trapunto, as it looks rather complicated.

    I understand your concerns, but believe me, you'll be surprised once you start it. If you can sew on your sewing machine, if you can cut around shapes & are willing to try a new technique, then you'll be perfectly fine.

  • Do I need lots of special tools etc, to be able to create trapunto quilting?

    A brilliant question! Only a couple of small items. Some inexpensive specialised thread, a particular wadding/batting, be able to drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine and to have a quilting foot. The particular scissors I use make it really easy, but you can use what you have if you choose to & to make it even easier, I have these items on my website. Easy as life is meant to be!

  • What if I'm not sure about something, and would like to ask some questions.

    Fantastic question... You can always contact me via e-mail, and I'll always be happy to answer & help you out... I Love helping people. We may be in a different time zone, as I'm in Australia, but I always answer my emails.

  • Do I get both the patterns here included within the price of the course.

    Most Certainly you do... The single gold heart is called "Fluttering Hearts", & this is the first one that we work on & learn the trapunto technique, and the larger lemon piece with the 4 hearts is called "Hearts of Elegance", & is the second piece. But by then you've already learnt the technique, so this piece is an extension to the first piece. To make it easy I kept to the same design & just multiplied the hearts. Easy learning!

How & Where Can I Use Trapunto!

  • An idea for where to use Trapunto!

    You can use trapunto in many places & you're only limited by your imagination. I like to use it throughout the entirety of most of my quilts, but maybe you just want to add it to a section or for ex ... you may have a person on your quilt that's holding a mug of tea, & you just trapunto the mug to make it really POP.

  • Another idea for where to use Trapunto!

    I use trapunto under my applique as well, which can give another whole new look & dimension to your quilts. I do talk a little about this in the very last video within this trapunto course, to give some insight to other dimensions of how & where you can use trapunto. Your imagination will take over!

  • And even more ideas for Trapunto!

    Using trapunto as features throughout your quilts will really make them "POP". Doing a centre square just like the one above, then using some trapunto inner borders on a pieced or applique'd quilt and using trapunto in a corner within that border & then maybe a final outer border will really bring your quilt alive!