Trapunto, the technique used to produce raised quilting designs, is traditionally a time-consuming, labor-intensive task. Tiny holes must be made in the back of the quilt, stuffing added, then the holes stitched closed. But this handsome book demonstrates a different method that produces the same beautiful results with much less work. (One of the secrets to this approach is water-soluble basting thread.) In six easy lessons, we learn stipple quilting, machine trapunto, backtracking over stitches, shading with stitches, two-layer trapunto, and shadow trapunto. All of this is prefaced by a section on tools, accessories, choosing batting, and the basics of free-motion stitching. There are plenty of tips and helpful hints scattered throughout, and many lovely full-size trapunto patterns interspersed with color photos of finished quilts utilizing these patterns.