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Thread: Piecing polyester batting

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    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
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    Can I piece together polyester batting? If so, how would I do it?

    Thanks!

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    Someone showed me this way, I'm sure there's lots of different ways. Lay one piece down & then overlap the next piece a little. Take your rotary cutter & slice a wavy line from edge to edge through the double layer. Peel away the little scraps and the two pieces butt perfectly up against each other. Keeping it flat, use a large stitch and take a stitch on one, and then over to the other & back until the whole seam is stitched. Place in quilt as normal. I've used this method for alot of baby quilts & donation quilts & found it works good for me. HTH

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    Great, thank you :D

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    You have to be careful with the polyester, especially if it's fluffy. You can stitch it, but the stitching will come apart.
    If you are going to use it as a charity quilt, and not something that would turn into an heirloom or whatnot......try this....Had a lady tell me this at a quilt shop.
    Taking a piece of scrap fabric, preferrably a color that won't show thru the quilt, about 2 inches wide.....sew that to the batting. What you do is push the batting to where it would meet up and you would normally sew a seam. Lay the strip of fabric down and pin it in place, then sew the strip on each side.
    It will hold better than just sewing the batting to itself, especially if it's puffy/fluffy. Make sense?
    Anyway...that's what a lady at a quilt shop once told me. She says she does that for the charity quilts she makes for the homeless.

    I will sew Warm and Natural together, using a zigzag. That works great!

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    This is how i'm doing it right now. My raffle quilt that i'm doing is 86 inches square, and too big for me to quilt in one piece, so this is the first time i've tried quilting in sections. The centre medallion is 40 inches square, so i batted and quilted the centre medallion. First thing i did was a quarter inch seam right around the edge, then trimmed the batting and backing, i did this first to keep it square. Then i did all my quilting right to the edges. Then i did the two side sections, then the two ends. For those pieces, i sewed right around all three edges, then did my quilting to within one inch of the joining edge. Then i joined the seams, then i trimmed the batting. Then i whipped stitched the batting to the medallion edge. Then flipped over the backing fabric, and am in the process of hand stitching these HUGE seams! I have to say it was much easier to do the quilting this way, but all this hand stitching is taking me days to do. When i have my hand stitching finished, i will then finish machine quilting it. I will make sure that i machine quilt the areas where the batting has been joined, that will make it secure and not come undone. I think next time i do this, i will try the way admin said in his last newsletter. His way was to quilt and bat just centre section, and then bat and quilt the rest, but the big dif was, he did his backing in all one piece, and just rolled the extra fabric out of the way. Then he just had to qhip stitch the batting, but did not have to also hand sew the backing pieces together. I know i havent explained this very well, but you can join the pieces together, if you make sure that you also quilt over them too.

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    I have to do this all the time, as the wadding we get through our guild is only narrow. I have herringbone stitched it down both sides so not to flatten the poly, but by far the quickest is to cut a strip of iron on fine vilene and iron it down the two abutted seams tah dah!! done like magic!! :D

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    Izy, when you iron the strip to the poly batt, doesn't the poly kind of melt a little?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Izy, when you iron the strip to the poly batt, doesn't the poly kind of melt a little?
    That was my initial thought when I read the post.

    One thought you might consider is buying your batting (or wadding) from a place like Joann's, where it is sold off the bolt. It is much cheaper (especially during sales or with a coupon) and it is also much wider than the average batting from a package. I do this when I have a quilt that needs batting bigger than what I get in the package. I also buy it this way from a gal in our local guild who has an upholstery business. She is able to buy it really inexpensively and it's pretty wide, something like 130", which has covered every quilt I have except one, and I probably won't get around to quilting that for at least another year or five. :lol:

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    Thanks ladies :D I normally don't use the poly unless I'm doing charity quilts and I bought some in the bag and this is just leftover that I want to use up. It's only about a foot too narrow. I was able to get 4 small quilts done from a king size bag.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    I just hand stitch it. Hope it holds up well.

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