Another full day of quilting and my floor is full of batting scraps. I don’t want to throw them away because they are perfectly good for something!
Do you ever feel like you are just wasting the batting? Or do you do, like I do, pile it up for some day to cut it straight and stitch it together?
SOMEDAY has arrived!
Today was my someday! I pulled out the whole bin (well all 2 of them) and got to work.
I first cut to smaller, narrower strips into 6″ strips that will be donated to a local service project. They make quilt as you go quilts with 6″ strips of batting and fabric. These got folded and put back in the bin, but in a different location for charity quilts.
Then I cut the larger pieces, straightening up the edges. I measure them and pin this to each piece. This is for future reference when I need a piece to add to a quilt batting (because the the piece on the frame is too small!!) Or when I want to put the pieces together.
I also have a pile of pieces that are all 44″ wide by different sizes. Since I quilt many small quilts for charity, I like to have these small pieces of batting ready to create larger pieces for my small quilts.
Since that is what I will be doing today let me show you how I put the batting together. No sewing necessary!
I use a product called “Heat, Press, Batting Together”. Long name, yet very descriptive! Let’s just call it HPBT.
Place the 2 strips to be joined on the ironing board. Place the HPBT on top of the join. Do not overlap the batting. Gently press with your iron. Thus melting the adhesive on the back of the strip. Follow the directions on the HPBT package for the iron settings! Do not have you iron set too high! OR ELSE it will melt the HPBT. (Don’t ask me how I know!)
Repeat this with another strip or more until your batting piece is large enough for your quilt!
Love this better than stitching the batting together. As the batting sometimes stretches and slips!
If your batting slips while at the ironing board, stick a few pins thru the batting into the ironing board to hold it in place!