Batting Piecing by Machine TutorialHere are instructions for piecing together batting--I do this when I have large scraps that can be put together to make a batt large enough for a quilt, or sometimes I even piece batting for smaller projects if I need to.
Step 1: Lay out the two pieces of batting, with one overlapping the other by at least a couple inches.
Step 2: Using a rotary cutter or scissors, cut both layers of batting in a wavy line. The wavy line is important--if you stitch the batting together using a straight seam, it could come apart a little bit inside the quilt, and then you will have an obvious lumpy place and/or fold line that doesn’t look so great.
Step 3: Remove the small strips on either side of the cut you just made.
Step 4: Line up the two larger pieces of batting, matching up the edges along the wavy cut. The pieces should butt up against each other, but not overlap.
Step 5: Carefully move the batting pieces to your sewing machine. Set your machine to stitch with a wide and long zigzag stitch.
Make sure the pieces are lined up right and stitch them together so the zigzag stitches hold the two sides of batting together, without overlapping. I used a dark thread here so my stitches show in the photo, but usually I use white thread.
That's it! For piecing very large pieces of batting, you might want to hand stitch because it can be easier to keep the pieces aligned. Hand piecing is probably also better if you are using any kind of higher loft batting, as well. This tutorial at my blog includes directions for hand piecing batting, the way my grandma taught me when I was 13.
Thank you so much Vicki...I'm definitely going to give it a go!!
Vicki has a great blog over at Sew Inspired. I have been following her blog since I started following blogs she is one of my Favourites!! I hope these last few posts on Batting have helped give you options that you may not have been aware of. I also hope you have been busy sewing your QC Quilt Tops together.
This weeks Class is all about backings!! Fabric backs, Working out measurements, Pieced backs.. MORE OPTIONS!! xx
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***Get Ready!!!..... I would LOVE for you to link up some of your Quilting posts that include a pieced back. Share the different designs that you have done for your backs... It will be great to sit and browse through your projects for inspiration... Old and new posts are welcome as long as it shows a pieced back!***