MQX: Elaine Huffman


Elaine Huffman’s presentation was on trapunto and easy custom looks for your quilts.  She is the author of two books: “Bread and Butter Quilting – Fast and Easy Custom Looks for Quilts” and “Crisscross Dancing Feathers”. These books show a quilter fast and easy free hand designs for quilts, and  are written for the short, mid or longarm quilter.

This was my first opportunity to see someone use the long arm machine. Wow! What control compared with a domestic machine. I can see what people love them (well …except for the cost and the space issues). Elaine was a great teacher and her designs are beautiful. I came away understanding how quilting works to enhance to design the fabric, something that you don’t really see when you are both the quilt-top maker and the quilter.

Elaine also taught us a very simple way to do trapunto. Basically you just cut out a piece of polyester batting that is the shape of your trapunto design and spray adhere it to your other piece of batting. Sew around it. Faux trapunto only works on certain designs … but it is very easy and very effective when it does work.

Elaine was a very informative teacher. I’d highly recommend her to anyone who has the chance to take her class.


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