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Thread: Feeling Quite Thrifty Today!

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    my batting pieces go around my swiffer duster. works great and saves on buying the refills

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    I wad up the really small pieces and use them to pick up thread and lint from the floor after I have been quilting.

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    Pardon my ignorance but all the rag quilts I've made didn't need batting. When you do use batting, is it cut the same size of your squares? What weight batting is it you use. What type of fabrics do you use if you batt them?

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    I do this too. I have a lady friend who does machine quilting and she gives me a big bag of batting scraps. IN fact I just used some of them yesterday to fill a new pet pillow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flikkem
    Pardon my ignorance but all the rag quilts I've made didn't need batting. When you do use batting, is it cut the same size of your squares? What weight batting is it you use. What type of fabrics do you use if you batt them?
    i use Warm and natural.. i cut it 2 inches small than the front and back square. i use cotton or flannel squares. i sew an X through all 3 pieces, prior to sewing the rows.

    i did post a link to a utube tutorial above...but not sure if she used batting. i have also used a flannel or cotton piece in the center,in place of batting. sewers choice!

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    I keep the left overs for this all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinabodina
    I have never heard of that before, so what do you do after you cut them. Do you sew them together or what?
    Thanks,
    i just trim them to be straight edged. then when i need a small batting piece, like for a baby quilt or whatever, i sew them together.
    i use a SITD (stitch in the ditch,has the bar in the middle) foot, and use a zig zag stitch. i only do this with warm and natural batting. i do not overlap them. just butt them up against each other..works for me.
    Ditto here...I do the exact same thing!
    Blessings,
    MaryAnna

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    yup that is a great idea. I save my smaller pieces of batting to stitch together to make larger, even just to use for table runners or place mats.

    I hate throwing anything away.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    yes this is a good idea i started a scrap quilt and am using my scrap material , ribbons, and batting to make it grandma always told me waste not always make sure you use everything

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    Hey recycle, reclamation and using scraps to make masterpieces... it is all good!

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    I save it for table runners, and toppers, or pot holders or trivets, or whatever needs the smaller pieces. It works, and I always feel so thrifty

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenS
    I just started cutting fabric squares for a rag quilt, and found in a box some smaller pieces of batting left over from several quilts. I don't know why I saved these odd-shaped pieces of batting, but must have thought I would find a use for them someday. I was able to cut the 90 squares of batting that I needed for this quilt from basically leftover batting! Thought I would pass on the idea to my fellow quilters.
    Another thing that I do, to the amusement of others, is that I use a faggoting stitch on my machine to butt the bits together. I have often enough for another full quilt. Friends are even giving me their scraps to add to my pile - which makes it very thrifty for me.

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    I save even the narrow strips and use them inside tote bag straps and such. The nearest fabric store is rather far away so I save EVERYTHING over an inch! I want to try quilt-as-you-go log cabins as soon as I find the instructions, I know I have it Somewhere - the place I seem to keep most of my stuff in. Have a nice day!

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    Great idea! I save everything... now I have an additional purpose for my box of left over batting... Thanks!!!!!

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    Fantastic! I keep leftover pieces also. They come in handy

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    Great! I needc all the saving tip ideas I can get. You gals are great!

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    Don't you just love being able to use stuff in your stash and not run to the store!

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    Welcome to the "Don't Throw That Away Club". Some day I'll find a use for that may be tomorrow or even next year!

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    Re: Faggoting stitch - what type of machine do you use and is that stitch numbered?

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    I always save my batting extras. I actually sew them together to make batting for quilts. amazing how much use you can get from some left overs.

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    Hi, I'm new to quilting and am making a rag quilt for my son's girlfriend. I don't know where to start cutting and not sure how much fabric to buy. I'm making a throw size and have ordered some fabric from The Cotton Loft Oct. 16th and still haven't received it. Has anyone ever ordered from there? They said their behind in orders.
    Also any suggestions for cutting fabric for the Rag quilt I'm a little nervous to start.

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    I think some of us would be amazed at things we'd discover if we went through all those boxes we plan to get to some day!

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    Love your idea about machine basting your batting pieces together. Do you just zig zag the pieces together? I am glad that I saved pieces of leftover batting from quilts I have made. I love saving money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ging10ging
    Hi, I'm new to quilting and am making a rag quilt for my son's girlfriend. I don't know where to start cutting and not sure how much fabric to buy. I'm making a throw size and have ordered some fabric from The Cotton Loft Oct. 16th and still haven't received it. Has anyone ever ordered from there? They said their behind in orders.
    Also any suggestions for cutting fabric for the Rag quilt I'm a little nervous to start.
    I also made my first order to Cotton Loft and just received my fabric. It seemed to take 2-3 weeks to get it. Two of my four fabrics had apparently been sold out, but I am happy with the quality of the two that I did receive.

    I don't know what to tell you about how much fabric to buy. I used scraps on my latest one. My squares were 7" and I used 6" batting for the inside. You can make them any size you want to. My quilt ended up being 90 squares (9 X 10) and is a nice size lap quilt. Hope this helps!

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