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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary L Booth View Post
    Cut some strips of fusible interfacing and butt them together and iron the interfacing to them. I do this all the time.
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    I use a very lightweight fusible interfacing (cut into strips) making sure that the edges are straight so the edges butt up next to one another before pressing. No one can tell because it's so much smoother then a zig zag stitch. I always have used Hobbs Cotton batting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I trim the two pieces and butt the edges together, then use a very large whip stitch by hand, and don't pull tightly. My goal is to get the pieces together without compressing the batting, so that the seam is not detected after the quilting is finished. This has worked well for me for the last 30 years.
    Me too, (except the 30 years) and I really enjoy the process and the use of all my materials that way.
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    I haven't tried it yet, but plan to do so soon. Thanks for all the advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I don't even bother to sew them together. I think this technique works best with longarm frames, but I simply lay the second piece of batting next to the first, on top of the backing. The quilting holds it all together.


    This is what I've done, too. I figure if they are quilted, they aren't going anywhere. But reading all these posts just now made me quake until I got to yours. I figured I had been making a big boo-boo, even though I've used this patched together batting only in wall hangings or other small pieces.

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    The last quilt I made, I laid the back on the floor and put batting pieces over it to cover. (Lots of pieces.) Then I moved each piece, put Elmer's School Glue onto the back, and put the piece back down. They were all overlapped about 1/2 inch. After everything was down, I used regular fabric glue, the kind that does not wash out, and put a drop every few inches under each overlap. That way I knew the batt would not move and shift if I hadn't quilted closely enough. The quilt had to stay on the floor for a day (bummer) so that the fabric glue could dry in place.
    When I FMQed it, I could feel the layers with my fingers, especially where more than two layers came together on corners, but normally you would never notice.

    Small, really scrap pieces of batt do not go into dog beds here. Only fabric scraps (the lint) go there. I have a small wastebasket lined with strong fabric sewn into a pillowcase-like shape, and all the batting scraps go into it. I try to pull the batt pieces apart so they are more fluffy. Then when the basket is full, it is sewn shut, and the resulting "pillow" can be donated to the food pantry or Salvation Army etc. I try to get them stuffed quite firmly. I've made dozens of these. Our food pantry lady loves them.
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    Zig zag them together to make a whole. I have never had any problem doing it this way. Tks. GiGi

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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    This is what I've done, too. I figure if they are quilted, they aren't going anywhere. But reading all these posts just now made me quake until I got to yours. I figured I had been making a big boo-boo, even though I've used this patched together batting only in wall hangings or other small pieces.
    We are not alone! I have several quilting friends who also do it this way. Not a single one of us has ever had a problem.

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    I use scraps even on big quilts, BUT I use the seaming tape, love tthat stuff, always get a nice flat seam.
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    I do the same

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    I LOVE the tape used to fuse scraps together. But then I still zig-zag them together a lot of the time.

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    Thanks, Ladies, for all the good ideas.

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    As some of the other QB members have pointed out, cutting a straight line on the batting, then using a zigzag stitch to stitch them together has worked well for me for several years, and it's particularly quick and easy to do, especially for smaller quilts.

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    My favorite batting is Warm and Natural - zig zagging my pieces together is how I found out there is a right side & a wrong side to batting!! I make sure I have the same sides together when I join them to avoid a really wavy "seam".

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    If you have the running zig zag stitch it works really well. I piece batting this way all the time. It works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I cut the edges so they butt easily and Use a wide zig zag to sew together.
    This is how my LA told me to do it. It does work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I cut the edges so they butt easily and Use a wide zig zag to sew together.
    I do the same, it works great!

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    that's a great idea. I sew some of my leftover lengths together to make the batting larger. I'm going to try the squares.
    I butt mine up against each other and use a zig zag.
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