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    Batting pieces

    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?

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    I will be keeping in touch with this thread. I have tons of batting scraps, especially strips cut when trimming around a quilt before binding.
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    There is a tape at Joann's that is for piecing batting. I have never used it. I keep my pieces of batting for rag quilts. Also there is bag patter by Aunties Two that calls for strips of batting. I made a small bag and I will be making the big beach tote when I collect more long pieces. From all the bags I made that one gets the most compliments. It is called Baly Island Hobo http://www.auntiestwo.com/pattern.html

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    I use batting remnants for my QAYG projects. Those long strips are perfect for the borders.

    In the past when I have had smaller pieces (such as 6 or 7" squares), I have donated them to my LQS. They like to get them to use in classes for practice of machine quilting.

    As far as piecing larger pieces together, I have simply zigzagged them together, but I have friends who use a seam tape.

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    I've used larger scraps of batting in several quilts. All I do is loosely hand baste them together. Figure the actual quilting will keep everything where it needs to be.

    The smaller pieces I save for pillows and stuffed animals.

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    I have used double sided sticky tape, iron it on and it works great. I then hand quilt and so far after many washings it has not "shifted". I have also used the zig-zag basting of the two parts. Like some others here on the board, I have used the smaller pieces for the craft projects.

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    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.
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    There is an iron-on "tape" that is sold in quilt shops for putting pieces of batting together. It is basically tricot interfacing that is already cut to about 2". I've bought the roll since I was in the shop, but interfacing would work.
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    Like auntpiggylpm I use fusible interfacing, and have for years. It works great and is inexpensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    There is an iron-on "tape" that is sold in quilt shops for putting pieces of batting together. It is basically tricot interfacing that is already cut to about 2". I've bought the roll since I was in the shop, but interfacing would work.
    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.

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    just remember the fusible on the tape doesn't last. you must quilt over that seam well or just go ahead and zig zag it together instead of fusing.

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    All those products are fine, but I'd rather spend money on fabric. I simply butt the edges of batting scraps together and hand stitch, using a very large whip stitch. The actual quilting holds the pieces in place permanently. I've been doing this for nearly 30 years and never have had any problems with separation.

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    I Zig Zag them together , just butting the edges together and a large zig zag stitch. It is fast and easy . I figure the last thing I need is another quilting notion, when thread works !

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    I have pieced pieces of poly batting (all I use) to make a double size batting. Once it is quilted no one is the wiser. I also save thin width pieces for when I need to add to another large piece. I have a great big bag of scraps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I Zig Zag them together , just butting the edges together and a large zig zag stitch. It is fast and easy . I figure the last thing I need is another quilting notion, when thread works !
    Ditto . . . I use a 3-step zig-zag stitch. Works great, easy, quick! I can barely tell where they are butted together.

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    I've pieced large pieces together with just a hand running stitch with very little overlap. I bought the actual bonding tape but have yet to try it. I think trying to stitch it on the machine would compact and hang up on the feed dogs or even the sewing foot. I bought the tape to try it on Warm and Natural because you can feel a lump if you overlap it too much when hand sewing.
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    I zigzag the pieces together and have not had any trouble over the years.
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    I just butt the edges together and zig zag them. Works great for me.

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    Thanks every one. I think I am going to try the interfacing since I have some on hand. Thanks again

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    I hand stitch mine. I tried a zigzag on a polyester batt and it distorted the seam.

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    I get better results handbasting then using the 3 step zig-zag stitch on my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    Ditto . . . I use a 3-step zig-zag stitch. Works great, easy, quick! I can barely tell where they are butted together.
    Me, too. I just use the Accufeed on my Janome 6600 but if I didn't have that I would probably loosen the presser foot pressure so as not to distort the batting.

    I do this fall all quilts that are less than 84" because I have 90" batting rolls and try not cut new if I have pieces that I can put together.

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    I bought the tape for my local quilt shop I found it worked great but to me it was not easy to do with the iron and ironing board. I use my scrap pieces to cut into 8" blocks for rag qults.

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    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...ay.asp?i=30053 This is what I use and just love it. may find it cheaper some place else! works like a charm
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    I also zigzag mine together, did it about a month ago and had enough for 7 full size quilts and 3 baby quilts...won't let it pile up that much again, but have already quilted 5 tops with those "leftovers" and it has worked just wonderful!!!!

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