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Thread: Batting Question

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    Batting Question

    Getting ready to sandwich a quilt - 94 x 104. Queen size batting is 90 x 108. King size batting is 120 x 124. Is it possible to stretch the queen enough to make it work? I hate to cut off so much of the King size (although I know I would use it for something).

    Another idea. I may have enough scrap batting that I could sew the needed inches to the queen size to make it large enough.
    Anyway, I need your opinion. What should I do? Thanks.

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    I would add the scraps. I have done that a number of times. You will probably need it on the 104" also, as 2" is not much of a margin.

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    I just finished a queen size quilt that the batt wasn't quite big enough. I rotary cut the batt edge and a 12 piece off another batt and zig zagged them together. It was only a scrap quilt in dark colours. I would use the batting tape if the quilt had light enough colours that the join might show through.

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    Do not stretch it. Batting normally shrinks during washing. If you stretch it to fit and then it shrinks you may have major waves and bumps.

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    If you try to stretch it, you also run the risk of tearing it...never a good situation. I would either buy the king size and save the extra for the next time, or add to the queen size.

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    My mother and I tend to make oversized queen quilts all the time. I just add more of the same type batting to the queen size to make them large enough without stretching. Once the quilt is quilted, you can't tell it is pieced.
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    Packaged batting is always a bit bigger. If you want to add scraps, it is best to use batting from the same manufacturer. I use Hobbs. I cut a +2" strip of lightweight fusible interfacing. I overlap the pieces and cut with a rotary cutter. This creates a perfect match when the two pieces are butted together. I then fuse the seam with the strip of fusible. When I use to zig zag, I could feel where the sections were stitched thru the quilt. You won't be able to feel this seam. I do overkill and fuse the interfacing on both sides. Good Luck !!!
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    I agree with the others, stretching is NOT a good idea.
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    Thank you, everyone, for your advise.

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    If your top is 94x104 you will want your batting to be about 98x108. Just add a strip and you'll be fine. Or buy the king size and cut it down.
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