Quilters tend to be thrifty.
Well, maybe that is an understatement. Or is it an overstatement?
Anyone who has been around quilters knows that we collect small pieces of fabric. Some of us have our limits – size of the piece, color, type of fabric, etc. On the other hand, some quilters keep every little piece of fabric that comes their way.
But how many quilters save their batting? Maybe the question is “do you save your batting and know how to convert those small pieces into larger pieces so you can use them in a quilt?”
For years when I began quilting, I bought only the size batting I needed. The leftover batting became stuffing for pillows, little fabric animals, or any other thing I needed some stuffing for.
It never occurred to me that I could piece the batting and use it in a quilt.
That notion came to me via a workshop. The teacher mentioned that she always purchased the largest piece of batting she could, and then saved what wasn’t used for other quilts.
Hmmmm… Sounded nice, but how do you keep the batting from bunching up inside your quilt?
Turns out, you can sew it together – almost like you do your blocks. And, as usual, there are several different ways to piece your batting.
The easiest was brought to us by way of an Eavesdrop on a Telephone Conversation with Bonnie Hunter – who saves everything because she loves to make scrap quilts.
Her method is to overlap the batting slightly and then zigzag down the overlap. Because the batting is somewhat puffy, and it is getting tucked inside the quilt and quilted, there really is no ridge or stiffness where the batting overlaps.
Of course, you probably will zigzag a very wide and long stitch – not one of those you might have used for machine appliqué when we were making those tunnels of thread.
There are a couple of other methods for overlapping batting that you’ll discover when you visit: