A quilter participated in a group conversation about quilting, and she posed the question, “What do you do with small pieces of batting?” She voiced her concern about wasting batting in situations in which her quilt was smaller than the batting, and she had pieces of batting left over.
This takes place with each and every one of us. I used to keep all of the discarded bits in a large bag. In the same way that I don’t like to waste food, I didn’t want to get rid of the leftover batting even though I had no idea what to do with it.
Then, one day, I happened to read a tip written by a quilter that described how to sew together several smaller pieces of batting to create one larger piece. It’s almost like having another patchwork quilt inside the one you already have!
Since that day, I have made it a habit to buy batting in either the queen or the king size, cut it into the pieces I need, and then save the remaining pieces for a later use.
When I have a quilt that is on the smaller side, I will sew the individual pieces of batting together to make one larger piece. I still prefer to use a single piece of batting even when making large quilts such as queen or king size.
It can be difficult to work with a batting that has been pieced together. Just before I am ready to attach the top layers of the quilt together with basting, I piece the batting on top of the quilt backing. In this manner, I will know for certain that the pieced batting will not become stretched or fall apart, and that it will also be the appropriate size for the quilt.
The process is broken down into basic steps, each of which is illustrated and explained below.
|Place the pieces of batting in a line along one another. The edges ought to be straight and trimmed in a tidy fashion.|
|Place the two pieces of batting in a butted position directly next to one another (do not overlap).|
|Put thread through a needle. Because I want to pull it out approximately 1 inch away from the batting after feeding it into the batting, I use a long needle. (This will become clearer later on.) In addition to that, I use a thread of a lighter color. Because I wanted you to be able to see the stitches in this example, I used blue thread.|
|You can start your first stitch by inserting the needle through the top or bottom of the batting, whichever you prefer. After that, you should work it through one piece of batting, then over the batting’s cut edges, and finally through the second piece of batting. If at all possible, try to begin and end each stitch at a distance of at least half an inch from the edge of each piece of batting.|
|The batting should be pulled through the stitch. After that, you should cross the needle over the seam and insert it between 1-1/2 and 2 inches directly above the first stitch. Take note of the fact that the needle is passing through the middle of the batting in the picture. When using thick batting, this will be much simpler.|
|To complete the second stitch, you will need to pull the needle through the batting. As you pull the thread through the stitches, you need to make sure that you leave a little bit of slack in the stitches. It is important that the cut edges of each piece of batting lie flush against one another. If the stitches are done too tightly, you will notice that the seam has a small mountain or even a range of mountains in it. Because of this, your quilt will have a bumpy appearance.|
|Above the previous stitch, begin your next stitch approximately 1-1/2 to 2 inches higher.|
|Keep making stitches until the two sides of the batting are completely joined together and sewed together. My work should serve as evidence that the aesthetic quality of the stitches is not of primary concern (at least in my view). The goal is to create a slack connection between the two separate pieces of batting. The quilting or tying that you do will ensure that the batting stays in place within the quilt.|
|In most cases, I finish by tying a knot in the end of my thread. A lot of quilters just cut the thread at an angle and leave it hanging at both the beginning and the end. They are under the impression that the additional knots cause bumps in the quilts.|
Using this method, you will be able to create additional quilts using the materials that you purchase.
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