Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Q is for Quilting

Or more specifically, a type of quilting I am absolutely in love with....Trapunto Quilting.  Trapunto is the Italian word for 'to embroider' and is a type of quilting that creates a raised pattern in material through a method of padding and stitching.  It is seen quite a lot in 1930s and 1940s fashion.

Here is a page from my 1935 Needlewoman magazine showing the latest fashion houses' Trapunto designs:

Here's a great Trapunto design on a 1940s dress from Etsy:


Two great links for Trapunto quilting includes this great tutorial and video link from the QuiltsALott blog and this link to a great pinterest board on Trapunto designs.

Don't you just love it?  I definitely want to try my hand at Trapunto quilting and have the perfect pattern in McCall 840 from 1941:

I've had this pattern in my collection for some time, I just love the design (looks almost Scottish or Celtic).  When I found the pattern again for a steal in my size, I bought it again so that I could give one away for someone else to try their hand at a vintage Trapunto pattern!  I'm hosting the giveaway for McCall 840 in size 14 (or Bust 32) over at my Facebook page (there's a link to my Facebook page in my right sidebar) where it's easier to keep track of entries and notify the winner.  Hop on over and enter to win!  I'll ship anywhere.  It will be fun to have a sewing buddy who's making this at the same time as me :)

Have you ever tried Trapunto?  What do you think?

13 comments:

  1. Never tried trapunto but since I love quilting I am curious to try

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  2. That is NOT what I expected when I read quilting in the title! Really lovely!

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  3. Great post, sweetiepie.
    Can't wait to see your first Trapunto project.  What a great idea to give away a copy of the pattern - that'll be fun.

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  4. Debi_myhappysewingplaceNovember 08, 2012 10:53 PM

    Thanks sweetie!!!

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  5. Wow I would love to try that! It would be time consuming but relaxing. 

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  6. 1941 that was a good year, the one I was born! Love the pattern. Nan

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  7. So elegant - I love it used along the neckline!

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  8. Wow - I just checked out the link because I had no idea what it actually was. Imagine stuffing each little flower petal and vine on that dress! The results are definitely worth it for someone who has the dexterity and patience to do the work.

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  9. It's beautiful, but I really wouldn't have the patience!

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  10. LOVE trapunto!!!

    http://sewscissorhappy.blogspot.com/2012/11/giveaway.html

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  11. Oh, how fascinating!  I had seen this done in quilts and never knew how it was done.  I can't wait to see it on your McCall's pattern project.  I think it will look wonderful on a neckline!  I'd like to give it a try.

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  12. I have seen images of garments decorated with Trapunto quilting before, but I never knew the name of the technique... Now it will be another entry in the long line of 'sewing-related stuff I have to try'
    I'm looking forward to seeing your posts about it!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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