A few weeks ago during my 2015 New Quilter Blog Hop, I mentioned one of my favorite quilting tips about joining scrap pieces of batting. Today I am here to share more in-depth tutorial on how to do so.
Hive “Queen Bee”:
Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Now for the main attraction:
When making larger quilts, I typically use a whole, new piece of batting but am often left with sizeable scraps that (when joined together) are perfect for smaller projects such as baby quilts.
Typically I only join two pieces of batting, but I have joined up to four pieces using the following method.
1: Make sure that the pieces of scrap batting you are joining are of the same material and loft. When storing my scraps, I fold the pieces into each other to keep like batting together.
2: Lay the batting pieces you are thinking of using so that there is overlap between the pieces of 3-4 inches.
When I first started quilting, I would stop at this step, baste and quilt. I was never happy as there would be part of the quilt that was thicker due to the double layer.
3: (Secret step) Cut through both layers of overlapped batting in a gentle wave pattern. I typically eyeball it but you can mark if so desired.
4: Remove the excess pieces of batting from the two halves. You will be left with two pieces of batting that butt up to each other flush in the curves.
5: Join the batting pieces using a loose whipstitch. This is just to hold them together temporarily while basting and quilting. You don’t want a tight stitch as this will form a ridge on the seam.
6: Baste and quilt as normal.
7: Enjoy your finished project without all the excess batting bulk. Secretly revel in your thriftiness and no one being the wiser!
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