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    i butt the pieces together & use a wide zigzag to join warm & natural- works great for me- been doing it that way for years- i hear the (batting tape) is a nice product- i just can't justify spending the money on it when i can just sit down & sew the pieces together faster.
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    I just zig zag it, too. I can actually do that quicker than setting the iron up and heating, etc. My current project got rid of my extras of warm & natural Now i can continue to buy Quilters Dream Cotton.
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    I zig zag my pieces, using what I call the multi-stitch zig zag, you know a bunch of little stitches going this way and then that way....works great for me.
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    The light weight tricot interfacing is the best. I've done zigzagging and the feather stitch but they always cause the batting to not lay flat.

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    I believe that the zig zag will work just fine. As someone else said, the quilting will help hold it together. I have a lot of pieces too. Maybe I can make that a project for tomorrow.
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    Like others here, I just do a big running whip stitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beebee View Post
    I am off to Joann's this week end for their big Columbus Day sale. I thought it would be a good idea to clean my sewing room before bringing in another piece of fabric. I found I have a lot of pieces of Warm and Natural batting that could be pieced together. What product should I buy and what works the best for this or should I just zig zag stitch it together?? What have you done?
    I'd drag out some buttonhole twist thread and whip the pieces together. I've done so more than once. Put your needle into the batting at least a half an inch and don't pull up too tight, you don't want the batting overlapping.
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    I use a blind hem stitch, but I don't butt the 2 pieces together. I stack them, cut a nice straight edge, pin and stitch with the straight part of the stitch to the right and the zigzag part to the left. Then I open it up and rub my finger along the seam to smooth it out. I love how it comes out and you can not tell where the seam is when it's done. I find it easier to handle this way than to butt them together - especially if the pieces are large.

    I used to put them side by side with an overlap, cut a wavy line and hand stitch the pieces together. It comes out nice that way, and you would never know it was pieced, but can be awkward to handle. I prefer the blind hem stitch way best. Try a few ways on some scraps and see what you prefer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I hand stitch mine. I tried a zigzag on a polyester batt and it distorted the seam.
    Another reason I like slip stitching is because it doesn't cause the batting to be flattened at the new joint.
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    I just used the fusible strip last night to piece two pieced of batting together and I love it. I ended up with a virtual seamless piece of batting. I ordered mine on-line, can't remember from whom, but I remember it came in varying widths. I bought a roll 1/2 inch wide. You simply place your batting pieced together, lay the tape over the seam and press on a wool setting. Almost instantly I had one large piece of batting. Works wonderfully!

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    I use the iron-on heat tape as well that comes on a roll but cut it in half to 1 inch strips and it works just as well and the tape goes twice as far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I use a lightweight tricot interfacing. I have a large amount of this left over from garment sewing days. I just cut it into strips and fuse the 2 pieces of batting together. It is really cheap at Joann's - probably around $3 or $4 yard. So much cheaper than the batting tape! Or you can just zig zig the pieces together.
    This is what I do. I have a very lightweight fusible that is 45" wide. I cut it in 2" or 3" strips and then fuse the batting together. Then I use my largest stepped zig zag to go down the center to help reinforce it. Works great, and I have been getting rid of lots of batting scraps.

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    Just use a triple step zig zag or a joining stitch. Works great.
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    I hand stitch mine together with a large stitch, butting the edges together. I've found that if I zigzag it, or sew it on the machine in any way, I have a ditch where the seam is. I just don't like the way that looks on my finished quilt.

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    I have used the tape & it works wonderfully well but most of the time, especially on long, pieces, I just zigzag & it works just as well. Just make sure you butt the pieces right next to each other as close as possible.
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    I just take big stitches and secure the pieces together, haven't had any problems as the quilting must do the rest of the work of holding pieces together....I have done this for a couple of years to control all the scraps.

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    I like the small pieces for applique when I want it to have a 3-D look to it. Also like the idea of QAYG. I was told the same as others have mentioned, overlap the edges then do a nice clean cut through both layers then whip stitch together (teacher at the LQS told me this).

    I would worry about the fusible not holding through multiple washings - like a baby quilt gets multiple washings. My step mother made a cute little quilt for my oldest and every time I washed it I had to repair it before giving it back to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    I like the small pieces for applique when I want it to have a 3-D look to it. Also like the idea of QAYG. I was told the same as others have mentioned, overlap the edges then do a nice clean cut through both layers then whip stitch together (teacher at the LQS told me this).

    I would worry about the fusible not holding through multiple washings - like a baby quilt gets multiple washings. My step mother made a cute little quilt for my oldest and every time I washed it I had to repair it before giving it back to him.
    Yes, that is why I stitch the connecting layers together with the stepped zig zag. When it is quilted, it is not going to be a problem if it comes apart. And I, too, cut through both layers with my rotary cutter and a straight-edge ruler. Doing a wavy cut works too, but is then harder to stitch the pieces together.

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    I am work and do not recall the name of product but I got it at my local quilt store and have see similar at JoAnn's. It is a white iron tape that you can use to join two pieces of batting. It appears to be a bit like a heavy mesh when you unroll it. It is about 1.5 inches wide and works really well. I have used it on baby quilts that have gotten heavy use and washing. I to make a point to be sure that my quilting crosses over the joined area but I did not do anything extraordinary. I keep using it with good results. It sure has helped use up larger scraps and you can not see any difference in the appearance of your quilt.

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    I've pieced quite a bit of warm and natural. I actually bought the tape but have never used it! I make sure the edges are straight and I zig-zag the seam. You can't tell once it's in the quilt and it the easiest/cheapest method I've found!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I use a lightweight tricot interfacing. I have a large amount of this left over from garment sewing days. I just cut it into strips and fuse the 2 pieces of batting together. It is really cheap at Joann's - probably around $3 or $4 yard. So much cheaper than the batting tape! Or you can just zig zig the pieces together.
    Aunt Piggylpn beat me to the punch. I've bought and used the tape and have had excellent results, but discovered this interfacing and it's much cheaper than the tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63 View Post
    I have used this stuff and it works great. The width of the strip is just right for joining. there is a lot on the roll and the price is pretty cheap.
    I have used the batting seam tape - this is what it's called - it works really well and can be found at your local quilt shop and Joann's. Best of luck.
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    Like this idea too!
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    I sew all my scraps together until I get the size I want. If the edges are not straight overlap the pieced and cut both pieces at the same time then pull out the tiny scraps then with the largest zizag and long basting stitch I push them together and sew. Do not let them overlap. I never throw anything over 3" away.

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    I zig zag mine when I need a larger piece.

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