I had a few questions the last time I posted I had pieced batting for a quilt so I took a few photos today as I pieced some for a Happy Block quilt.
First, let me say it’s much quicker to piece batting by machine using a wide zigzag stitch but I’ve been doing it by hand downstairs recently because I don’t want to run up 2 stories and change the thread on my sewing machine.
Starting with a fairly straight edge on both pieces, I like to slightly overlap the top edge over the bottom one. I use hand piecing thread because it’s strong, a large needle, and a Herringbone stitch.
I usually do load my backing first on the longarm and then I just pull pieces of batting that are wide enough. You can use a table. (I lay a piece of cardboard between my batting and my backing so I don’t have to worry about stitching into the backing.)
Here’s the stitched seam — the slight bump I get from overlapping the pieces is not noticeable in the quilt and I feel like it’s more secure. When I zigzag by machine I don’t overlap.
As with everything we do in quilting there are lots of ways to do this — this just happens to be mine.