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Thread: Packaged batting issue.

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    I am going to sandwich lap/nap size quilts. As I was laying top on batting I noticed that there is not much extra around the outside. I am using Hobb's twin size packaged batting that measures 72 x 90 for this nap quilt that measures 69X 85. I bought twin size batting thinking that it could be used to make twin size quilts or these nap quilts. But if the finished size of the twin quilt is ususal 72 x90 {with no drop) and the cut size of the twin batting measures 72 x 90 how can I use this twin size due to there is no extra to allow for quilting? Does this mean that you need to buy one size up to allow enough extra for quilting? Is this true fo all packiaged battings? I bought twin for these quilts so I would not have to cut too much off. I am going to email Hobbs and mention this to them. Perhaps they should make piece 3 inchs larger to allow for quilting.

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    Lately people on the board have been talking about buying it from the bolt for a number of reasons. I think it's a good idea. You can see exactly what you're getting.

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    I don't know what the longarm quilters require for batting beyond the quilt top, but I don't leave more than an inch or two beyond the quilt top when I make the sandwich. I don't like to waste batting & as I machine quilt, too much extra would just get beat up as I twist & turn my quilt while quilting.

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    Good topic.

    For now, maybe you can take some extra scraps that you might have from other quilts or projects, and add it onto one side and the bottom of your batting to make enough to complete this project.
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    standerd twin matt.is 39 by 75 so with 10 in drops mesaured59 by 85 so pack batting is dueable

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    I agree with Paloma...the batting size incorporates a 10 inch drop

    Quote Originally Posted by paloma
    standerd twin matt.is 39 by 75 so with 10 in drops mesaured59 by 85 so pack batting is dueable

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    If I'm doing a smaller quilt I can get by with having an inch or two inches extra on the sides. If I'm doing a larger one it just needs more. I usually used rolls of batting so I just cut off what I need.

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    if you let a package batt out of the bag for a day or so before sandwiching you will find that it has relaxed and fit the top better

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    Wish I had room for a roll of battting!!

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    You can throw the batt into the dryer on no heat fluff and it will relax enough to use right away. otherwise take out of package a day or two before you plan on using it. this should solve your problem

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    I would lay the batting out and give it a gentle stretch if you need a bit extra. It should stretch to give you the extra inch or so you need. I do this all the time when I cut from the roll of batting and my cut was wonky

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    If you are going to use spray adhesive to quilt then the overage doesn't need to be that much. I usually have 1-2 inches overage when I quilt because I don't want to waste; however, what's really beneficial when using the spray adhesive is that you can use all your scrap pieces of batting. Just lay them side by side and don't lap the edges over each other. I found this to truly be a blessing since I keep most of my batting scraps. I am now using them on baby quilts and lap quilts since most of the small pieces are easy to use with the spray. This has saved me a boatload of money since I don't need to keep buying batting for small projects and there is truly no waste. Just another way to spend my money wisely. Good luck and please post pics when you are done.

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    Great information, I wouldn't have thought about gently stretching the batting :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblegum0077
    If you are going to use spray adhesive to quilt then the overage doesn't need to be that much. I usually have 1-2 inches overage when I quilt because I don't want to waste; however, what's really beneficial when using the spray adhesive is that you can use all your scrap pieces of batting. Just lay them side by side and don't lap the edges over each other. I found this to truly be a blessing since I keep most of my batting scraps. I am now using them on baby quilts and lap quilts since most of the small pieces are easy to use with the spray. This has saved me a boatload of money since I don't need to keep buying batting for small projects and there is truly no waste. Just another way to spend my money wisely. Good luck and please post pics when you are done.
    yes....I buy bolts of batting now and I save all my scraps. If I'm getting towards the end of the bolt I just start sewing my scraps together otherwise I use them for smaller projects too. If my kids want to make something, I'm not cringing at them cutting off the bolt and just let them use the scraps. We've even made lots of little coasters with the scraps. Save it all. Just butt the ends up to each other and zig-zag over then to hold them together. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by paloma
    standerd twin matt.is 39 by 75 so with 10 in drops mesaured59 by 85 so pack batting is dueable
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paloma
    standerd twin matt.is 39 by 75 so with 10 in drops mesaured59 by 85 so pack batting is dueable
    I have several patterns that give a finished measurement of twin quilt being 72x90, 67x92, 75x87 and a book that lists sizes with different drops. I guess that I thought that a twin was a twin and that twin batting should fit most twin quilts I quess that I should use batting size that matches the quilt measurements instead of "twin" or "queen" or "crib" as stated on the package. I just keep on learning!

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