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Thread: Piecing Batting??

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    Ok, I was sewing together some random squares and then added borders and now the top is not a regular quilt batting size. Bigger than one and smaller than another. It's just a use up some fabrics type of quilt and I would like to use up some of these random pieces of batting!

    Can they be pieced together some way and how? Thanks for the help!

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    I've sewed pieces of batting together. I usually use that on quilts that are donated to the homeless shelters. I just use a zigzag stitch and then square it up. I use Warm and Natural batting. You really can't feel the stitching in it once the quilt has been washed.

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    Here's one way to piece batting together. Lay the two batts and overlap them slightly. Use a rotary cutter to ct a wavy line (maybe 3-4 inches wide) down through both batts. Discard the small pieces, and the remaining two large pieces will match exactly. To join them, use a taylor's stitch from side to side. Sharon Schamber demonstrates this type of hand stitch in her basting video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

    Warm and Natural is so stable this technique probably isn't necessary. However, for other battings, and for large quilts, this type of batting join doesn't show even with time and usage.

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    When joining Warm and Natural, or any other batting needle-punched through a scrim, try to make sure the scrim side is facing the same direction (up or down) on both halves. It will affect your ease of quilting.

    When joining non-needled-punched batting, make sure the grain is running the same way on both halves. The batting grainline determines which direction you quilt first and should run parallel to the grainline of your fabrics for stability.

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    Fons and Porter received a tip about piecing bats together. I have used it for awhile now, and it works like a charm. Square up the sides that are going to be pieced together. Get lightweight fusible interfacing, cut into one inch strips - - iron both of the bats together along those cut lines. If you do not think one side of the cut being fused is enough, it doesn't appear to be a problem as the lightweight fusible interfacing is so very light. The type I used is most commonly used for making watercolor quilts - - the foundation with squares printed on it.

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    What a great idea omak! And great timing; I have so much batting left over from quilt ends that I was hoping I could use. Thanks!!

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    great tips!! Thanks for posting this topic!

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    I use my odd pieces of batting on my wall quilts. They work great. Just zig zag them together and they work great.

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    For some reason, a multistitch zig-zag was much easier when I tried it.

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    yes you can sew pieces together! I made a large lap quilt for a

    Christmas gift this year , so had to sew the squares together by hand. My first lap quilting and I loved it!

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