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Thread: Piecing batting

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    I know some of you sew your batting pieces together. Be aware that it CAN be a problem for your longarmer (lAer). I had a customer send me a king size quilt with batting --- insisted he "had the batting" --- well, he pieced it. By the time I worked my way thru the king size quilt -- here's what it looked like. I had to cut the stitching off the batting, drag my ironing board out to the shop and iron on the tape that binds batting together. Not an easy task in a room that's barely deep enough for my quilting machine! I had laid it out on the table before rolling it up on the bars --- but the warp didn't show until toward the end of the quilt!!!!
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    I need to know if you can sew batting together on small pieces for FMQ for charity quilts. I have not done so but have a place that can get scraps of batting and if can use would be great most of it would only be one seam or what is this tape you are talking about? thanks for your answers

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    What a mess! I have to piece my batting fairly often because I buy Q-size width in a roll, but many of my quilts are larger. I wish JoAnn's sold the K-size in a roll, but they don't. I piece it carefully, and lately I've been fusing the pieces together rather than sewing. So far no problems, so I'm assuming your customer didn't have the batting pieces flat when he sewed them together.

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    Quilt batting tape (seam tape) IT IS WONDERFUL. Can usually get betwee $5-7 at most quilt stores, JoAnne, Hancocks, etc. About 16 yards in a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennoh2
    Quilt batting tape (seam tape) IT IS WONDERFUL. Can usually get betwee $5-7 at most quilt stores, JoAnne, Hancocks, etc. About 16 yards in a lot.
    I just use strips of the fusible that I already have on hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean1941
    I need to know if you can sew batting together on small pieces for FMQ for charity quilts. I have not done so but have a place that can get scraps of batting and if can use would be great most of it would only be one seam or what is this tape you are talking about? thanks for your answers
    Sure you can. The problem in the original post is that it was a king size quilt (*very* large!) on a longarm frame. One seam in a baby quilt will be fine.

    You can use a large machine zigzag (long stitch length, wide stitch width). It's best not to do a straight line. If you can, place one piece of batting on top of the other and do a large "S" shaped cut through both pieces with your rotary cutter. Discard the remnants. The two pieces will fit together exactly and will not have a telltale crease later.

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    Good to know!!

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    Penny pinching on batting when you are spending $$$ on a LAQ services totally doesn't make sense!! If I send something to a LAQ, I just ask to purchase their batting. Totally worth the $$!!

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    If you piece, make sure it's not bumpy- no hills or valleys-FLAT!

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    I have that problem with all of the Hobb's King-Size battings as well. Somehow, when they needlepunch the Kings, there are so ripply. I now refuse to use the Hobb's King. :(

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    I don't piece batting for the large quilts. For smaller projects I do by using strips of fusible interfacing for knits or lightweight fusible interfacing strips. Both I have on hand and I cut as needed with my rotary cutter.

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    Exactly -- all the answers are correct. Actually, in this case, the batting LOOKED flat....but I don't have room to lay a king size batting out to see if it's totally flat. I hesitate to lay batting on the floor -- we live in the country and have 2 cats........ugh!!! So, I'm buying batting by the roll and will not let anyone provide batting again! And yes, that tape is a Godsend!!! That's what I used to fix this problem!

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    Ok ladies, tell me I'am wrong, I piece batting and do my own quilting never had a problem. I lay the batting next together, like their kissing and long zig-zag stitch. Never overlap the batting. Barb

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    I piece my batting, too and have never had that problem. So, what made it do what it did? Sorry, but hard to see from the picture. I see it's ruffly and wonky...

    I also butt the pieces together and zig zag. Currently working on a king and had to piece it in a couple places

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    I don't know what went wrong. He had butted and zigged zagged it, too. I have another of his and I took it out, laid it on the floor and it's wonky, too. I think he's probably stretching it rather than gently butting it. Maybe it's the fact that king size causes you to let it drape and drag down too much when sewing. I'm just saying, please be really careful...........

    117becca --- I don't know what's hard to see --- the rest of the quilt (the head of it) is all quilted -- this is what is was like at the foot end. When i tried rolling it on the rollers -- to go to the next section -- I got all kinds of rolls in the batting -- unacceptable to quilt it with that.

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