Thursday, February 05, 2009

Some very white photos

This is the batting corner corner for my guild's Project Linus stash. You can see we have two huge rolls of batting (one in front, one still in plastic in the back), generously donated by the company that produced it. Unfortunately, it's only 36" wide! I think I've complained about this before.
Several people have suggested ways to piece batting, and now that I have a quilting table, I thought I'd give one of them a try. We have a worknight tonight and I wanted to know before then whether the method I chose would work. It did!
I took two pieces of batting and laid the edges so they butted together perfectly. These were clean cut edges from the manufacturer, but I'm told that with scraps you might want to overlap edges and cut them with a wavy line so they mesh perfectly. I ironed on a tiny strip of fusible web to join the two pieces (you can see the paper still on the fusing in the above photo), then stitched them together with the biggest zig zag possible on my machine. It took just a few seconds to do the whole seam and it lies perfectly flat! Sorry, couldn't get any photos that showed the stitches. But if you want to try joining batting pieces, this seems to work well. If the straight seam becomes a problem, I'll try a wavy edge next time.

8 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

I do that with scraps all the time, but never have used fusible web -- just a simple zig zag..

Catherine said...

What a great idea!! I always have bits of batts left over that are too small on their own for anything. I will try this next time!

Bunny said...

I tried the fusible on the first two. Then I tried just butting the edges together. It worked perfectly. I don't need to take the time to fuse, nor do I need the added expense. Try that! When the edges are uneven, I use the wavy edge technique, but it's not as easy for me. Love those straight edges!

Libby said...

Hmmm...I primarily use fusible batting and when I use scraps I just line them up next to each other and baste, but have never sewn them together. Now I'm quizzing my mother about this since she told me it was okay to do it that way. I suppose it does depend on the kind of batting.

Joyce said...

I just butt the edges together but I find it works a lot better with cotton than polyester. I have huge mounds of batting scraps but they aren't all the same thickness etc. I may have a big bonfire one day! Lol. I do use some to stuff pillows but there's still lots left.

Belvie said...

Glad you shared that fusible web trick. I usually stitched mine with big hand stitches and battled with the slipping issue. Next time I'll try the fusible and maybe eliminate that problem. THANKS!!!!!!!!

SandyQuilts said...

I piece my battings all the time. There's photos on my blog here ..

http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2007/12/stashbusting-new-way.html

Do not, do not overlap and don't use any fusible ... just butt and do a wide zigzag.

Thanks for visiting my blog .. I always love comments from you.

Clare said...

I've never tried fusible web. I normally just abut the edges together and hope for the best.