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    Piecing Batting

    How many of us cobble together batting to fit irregular or outsized quilts?
    My latest is 94 square. I didn't want to waste a king size batting and the queens are 90 x 100+. I turned the batting and trimmed it and basted the cut off to the short size. I only needed to insert a piece about 10 square at one corner. I wouldn't do this on a customer quilt but for mine I economize where I can.
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    i've done that many times. sure is a money saver
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    Once it's quilted, there's no way anyone can tell you pieced the batting. I do it all the time, even on small projects.

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    Nearly every quilt I make - I have to piece the batting. I bought a roll of batting once and that worked the best minimal piecing but it was a lot of money to shell out at once
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    I also do it all the time. I can't afford to waste my resources, I'm on a budget. No one has ever complained! ;-)
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    I use the batting tape. It's faster and easier for me then sewing batting together. It's almost impossible to tell it's been pieced together when quilted. My guild has six or seven longarmers and they bring in big bags of batting scraps to anyone that wants them. They have more scraps then they have time to mess with piecing together. No one in our guild has to buy batting at all if they want to piece the scraps. Many times we have too many batting scraps and have to donate them.
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    I do for mine and for Charity quilts that I quilt for our group. I have tried and use both (depends on the mood) batting tape and sewing it together. Haven't had any issues so far

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    I buy batting by the roll and piece it when necessary. When I've accumulated a lot of batting scraps, I sometimes piece them all together for a quilt. Batting is too expensive to waste. I have tried whip-stitching (too much work) and using tape, but I've found that zigzagging the pieces together works best for me.

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    To me, it is not even that batting is too expensive to waste. I feel wasting anything is wrong and I try not to take anything for granted. We live in a beautiful world with limited resources. Besides, who is going to see if I make a mistake sewing batting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I buy batting by the roll and piece it when necessary. When I've accumulated a lot of batting scraps, I sometimes piece them all together for a quilt. Batting is too expensive to waste. I have tried whip-stitching (too much work) and using tape, but I've found that zigzagging the pieces together works best for me.
    This is what/how I do it as well. See nothing wrong with piecing batting for any quilt.

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    I don't save a lot of leftover things, really all I save is my quilting leftovers. Stored clutter gives me stress. I will give it away instead of tossing it and that's as green as I'll be.
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    I have lots of pieces of batting from previous quilts, but I have never used them yet. I have the batting tape, but have never used it yet, either. I think I'm chicken. I always use a full piece of batting.
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    You gotta do what you gotta do. I've done it often but not on a real arge quilt. My question to you LAQers. Probably not a good idea unless its your own quilt on your own machine? Just thinking there might be more stretching and torque needed on a LAQ frame, or doesn't it matter?

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    I have not done it yet I save large pieces and think it is a wonderful idea.

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    You are right to add the extra rather than "size up" for just a few inches. I have a drawer of batting scraps, I use just about every square inch of batting. Its amazing how quickly you can have enough for a project.

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    How do you sew the batting together so it is a consistent thickness all over? It seems like it would be thicker at the joined edge. I've had issues with it being thicker and thinner just from trying to get it smooth when I'm doing the sandwiching. What am I doing wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    How do you sew the batting together so it is a consistent thickness all over? It seems like it would be thicker at the joined edge. I've had issues with it being thicker and thinner just from trying to get it smooth when I'm doing the sandwiching. What am I doing wrong?
    I butt the edges and do a whip stitch. This piece was at the edge so it didn't need to be as strong as it would if was closer to the center and taking more strain in construction.
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    I butt the edges together and use a medium zigzag stitch. It works fine with no added bulk. I have never noticed any stretching or wonkiness but then I don't use a long arm to quilt my messes.

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    I but them up and zigzag...never had a problem. I do it with all of my quilts.

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    For smaller items, I have pieced larger pieces leftover from quilting projects. At first, I used to zigzag them together. Then I used the joining stitches. Now I use either flatlocking on the serger or the batting tape. I really like the way the last two methods work.

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    I piece batting for my quilts. It saves money.
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    Buy lightweight iron on interacting, strip it and works great at much less cost than the tape.

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    I zig zag, but also try to cut the edges in a "wavey" pattern instead of a straight edge
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    I piece batting with the whip stitch for myself and quilts I give away, I cannot tell any difference after it is all quilted. I donot piece batting for customer quilts though I just wouldn't do that.

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    I recently pieced enough batting to make 4 charity quilts. I use the triple-stitch zig zag to piece it together. I agree that once it's quilted, no one knows the difference.

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