Piecing batting

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.

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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.)

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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.

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As with everything we do in quilting there are lots of ways to do this — this just happens to be mine.

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3 Responses to “Piecing batting”

  • Susie:

    Ooh, thank you so much! I was one of the gals who asked you and I am so grateful you posted this! I will give it a try! Thanks, Mary! You rock! :)

  • How smart are you??? ;-) Putting a piece of cardboard between the back and batting! Never would I have thought of that! So smart and so simple……a duh moment for me!

  • Kathy Wagner:

    I should try this because I have sooo many little pieces of leftover batting hanging around.

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