The K is for Kai pillow is the first item I have ever made using Trapunto, so I am writing this tutorial as we make my second one for my other great niece Giaane.
An easy way to do the initials is on your computer, just find a font you like
and enlarge it and print out a BIG copy of it.
Trace this onto visolfex, but remember to have it back to front so it is the right was around when you appliqué it onto the pillow. Use a light box if you have one.
Do the same with any flowers, or birds, or butterflies, or what ever shapes you want to display on your pillow. Cut out your shapes ready to iron onto your backing fabric. I am making mine with a 14 inch square of white tone on tone fabric.
Before you iron on any of the designs, fold your backing fabric into quarters and lightly press to mark the centre. Then iron on your letter or what ever centre design you are using
Then add the rest of your design. I used this opportunity to play with some shapes on my go baby.
Its a great way to use up lots of little scraps.
Sit the finished design onto a piece of wadding and pin in place. Now carefully stitch on the raw edge of all of the appliqué shapes. Do this on ALL of the applique, even the birds wings, and flower centres, you don't want them falling off.
Hint: use a slightly darker thread in your bobbin to make it easier to see the stitching lines on the back when you have to trim it.
Once this is done, flip the fabric over and trim the wadding away, very carefully as you do not want to cut through your fabric.
see how easily the stitching shows up with a taupe coloured thread in my bobbin, I used pale pink for the top stitching, as I have decided to use this colour for the free motion quilting a little later on.
Now flip it back over and pin a second piece of wadding onto the back and free motion quilt around the shapes again, this will raise your appliqué to make it stand out.
Once you have done this, fill in the white space with any free motion quilting design. Generally a more heavier quilting gives a better result, but it chose to do this one lighter than I did with the K cushion.
I added a flange style border to this pillow
G is for Giaan