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Thread: Piecing Quilt Batting With a Wide Zig-Zag

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    Piecing Quilt Batting With a Wide Zig-Zag

    Often I have good pieces of quilt batting left and I like to piece them together to use in another project. This is a quick and simple method that produces a good, strong join.



    Start with numerous pieces of the same type of batting.
    For this tutorial I had 4 pieces of various widths that were at least 70" long.


    My first step was to cut all of my batting pieces 70" long.

    This length for your batting will depend on the pieces that you have.
    They need to be cut to the same length, or added onto
    (using the method described here) to make the same length.





    Trim the edges of your batting pieces so they have a clean edge.

    The widths may vary from piece to piece, just be sure that they are squared up.






    Now, butt your pieces of batting edge to edge.

    Do not overlap.
    The batting is thick enough that it will sit nicely with the edges together.
    Pin at the beginning, middle, and end of the seam line to keep it even.









    Keeping the edges pushed together, sew along the join line with a very wide zig-zag.

    The stitch here is 7mm wide.


    Here is a completed join.


    When I go to pin my quilt I am able to use this as I would any brand new piece of batting.




    This piece is large enough for a lap quilt.
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    Good tutorial.

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    It looks like you used the stitch that makes stitches along the zig not a simple zig zag. The many stitch zig zag is a good choice for a more secure join. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It looks like you used the stitch that makes stitches along the zig not a simple zig zag. The many stitch zig zag is a good choice for a more secure join. Well done!
    Yes, I have this option on my new machine which I like a lot. I have also done it with a regular wide zig-zag on my older machines and it works well also.
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    thanks for taking the time to demonstrate this
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    Your tutorial was very informative. I like piecing batting with the zig-zag stitch, as it saves money and is perfect for smaller quilt projects.

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    Thanks for the tute. I've been whipstitching by hand. Will try this method the next time I have pieces to join.

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    I purposely purchase the biggest size I can get at the time, many times I have enough for two!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    Great tutorial and love the information. Thank you

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    Has anyone tried joining wool battings using the iron on strip made for joining battings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneta View Post
    Has anyone tried joining wool battings using the iron on strip made for joining battings?
    I haven't tried the batting strip tape. The zig-zag is easy.
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    I do this too and love the edge joining foot to do it.

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    Great tute! I have lots of pieces that I have intended to join together & keep forgetting about them. This is a good reminder. Thanks

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    That works well....

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    Wonderful solution, much better than the Iron on tape. Thanks!

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    I've used this method several times; my mom used to do it and told me about it. Love how it uses up leftover batting and some of it gets to be pretty good-sized!
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    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I was going through my bag of batting scraps yesterday looking for pieces large enough to finish a set of place mats. I did pretty much of what you have shown, but yours are much neater than mine. I will take greater care the next time I zig zag two pieces together, particularly for a large project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It looks like you used the stitch that makes stitches along the zig not a simple zig zag. The many stitch zig zag is a good choice for a more secure join. Well done!
    I think this is called a darning stitch. It makes multiple stitches back and forth but very close together. I lengthen the stitch a lot when sewing batting like this.
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    Had my machine put away but some pieces of batting were found in a container and needed to bring out the machine. Did this method and put 5 different pieces together to make a little bit larger than a lap quilt. I find batting at estate sales and snatch it up if I can. Walked out with 4 large bags couple weeks ago for $5.00. 2 bags were king size with multiple pieces but same batting. Now enough for a queen size quilt. What's nice about the smaller pieces they fit in my laundry bags and made it so much easier to pre-wash.

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    I have to get some off my left-over sewed together myself to finish lap quilts myself.
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    Try light weight fusible interfacing. It works as well as the tape and is so much cheaper.
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    I do this as well. Great way to use that xtra batting and if you stitch with big zig zag you cant tell difference

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