Nov 06 08

Quick Trapuntoed Wall Hanging and Playing with a New Thread

I threw together a quickly fused wall hanging to play around a bit with threads. Here’s a shot of the fused top before anything was done:

…and here’s a shot of the top before it’s been placed into the quilt sandwich. Notice that all of the decorative thread work has been completed BEFORE it’s in a bulky sandwich!!!

I placed some batting scraps behind each flower (one at a time to make it easier to work), and here’s a shot of the trapuntoed large flower (all this is just the TOP since it hasn’t been placed into a quilt sandwich yet):

Can you see that heavy thread stitched in loops inside the flower? That is a new Italian thread that is pretty heavy, so it makes a nice statement. What REALLY makes it cool, though, is that it’s 1/2 wool and 1/2 acrylic (that part is to make it strong enough to withstand machine work). It’s made by an Italian company called Tristen Threads ( If you ask for it at your quilt shop and they don’t have it, let your LQS owner know they carry it at Checker Distributors. Anyway, I digress! What’s neat about this thread is that the wool component makes it slightly “furry,” so it adds a wonderful texture to your quilt top. Here’s a shot of a spool and I think you can see that it has this slight “furriness” to it:

Here’s a shot of it on another quilt sandwich where I was playing with different brands of markers to color in my hyperquilted pansies. You can see how much heavier it is than the gold rayon thread I used in the hyperquilted design:

(By the way, most of the expensive fabric markers I tried had problems with bleeding on the fabric, so my favorite remains the Fabrimarkers by DryMark ). Anyways, back to this small wall hanging! Here’s a closeup of the small flower after it’s trapuntoed and decorated with a bit of thread work:

…and here’s a closeup of a leaf and a stem/swirl. I used no batting behind the leaves so they are free motion embroidered fusible web pieces, and the stems/swirls are backed by a REALLY lightweight batting because I don’t want them to poof out very much:

And last but not least, here is a shot of the backside of the top once all the trapunto and embroidery has been done:

…you can kind of tell that there are 2 types of batting. Hopefully, this will create varying levels of protrusion once it’s quilted! I’ll post pics once it’s done!


  1. Elma Richmond Says:

    As usual, Patsy, wonderful inspiring work!
    thank you!

  2. Kim Says:

    your quilting always inspires me. thank you!

  3. Christy Says:

    Thank you so much for the great information! I have been working very hard on mastering machine quilting and you have been a great inspiration. Do you have any recommendations for the batting types that you wouldn’t mind sharing? Thank you again!

  4. Cindy Keery Says:

    I love cucirini thread! You can also buy it at: .