Coins

This top was pieced by a group in CA and is one of 8 sent to me to finish and donate. Quilted with freehand swirls.

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I tried the fusible tape on a batting today and for me it wasn’t as quick as zigzaging it on the machine — assuming the machine is already set up with thread, the right foot, and for me, the right plate as I tend to use a straight needle plate when I’m piecing.

Having said that — there are many times I pull a donation top and would piece together 2-3 scraps but don’t because the machine is set up for piecing. In those cases I can definitely see using the tape — assuming that it launders well (without pulling apart and creating gaps)….or rather than the tape which is expensive – I plan on trying the fusible interfacing suggested by one of my blog readers and using my GO to quickly cut it into strips.

So I’ll continue to zigzag the batting when I’m piecing multiple batts but will use the fusible when I’m just piecing one.

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7 Responses to “Coins”

  • Thank you for your input on piecing batting. That picture looks like Warm & Natural, is it? Your quilting is so beautiful and so well-defined that it makes me wonder if it is a higher loft product. Thank you in advance!

  • Nice swirls!…I haven’t tried the batting tape…but I have thought about getting some rolls for my clients…always looking for a new appreciation gift…last year it was the Clover binding clips.

    Hugs
    T

  • I tried the fusible interfacing and didn’t like it. The tape worked better. With the interfacing, I had to use a pressing cloth because the interfacing marked up my iron. Maybe you’ve purchased a different type and you won’t have this problem. I just got the lightest fusible I could. It worked OK using the pressing cloth, but it was a hassle.

  • I also zigzag my batting pieces together. I have a separate sewing machine setup that I use just for that (most of the time) so it is available right away.

  • Lori in South Dakota:

    I too have a fear of losing my eyesight and not being able to read. I read very fast, and the speaker can only speak so fast! sigh And I often go back to read a section and then forge again. Maybe a book like a biography would work better–I may try that.

    Usually I don’t have big pieces of batting left–but I do the zigzag if I do. Sometimes I piece them together for a smaller quilt. I load most my quilts crossways and they are of a size that takes up most the batt. If I have pieces left–I can make some of my “custom design” round string potholders. what a great stress reliever!

  • I love the tape! I’ve pieced many battings with it but I’m not loading the quilts on a long-arm either so I wouldn’t know how it all holds together if pulled on. I quilt on my sewing machine and I figure once it’s all quilted, it won’t be pulling apart at all. I lay the batting out on my living room rug and lay the piece to be fused next to it and just iron it down. I tried doing it at the ironing board and it’s a pain . The batting keeps on falling off and you have to move it if the batting is longer than your board. Anyway, so far, ir’s worked great for me. I saw 100yds on Nancy’s Notions for $39. and I thought that was a great deal. I’m actually going to order some right now.

  • Janny Schoneveld:

    I always use the Me and You stitch to put 2 pieces of batting together.
    With bastingthread by hand.
    Put two pieces next to each other and (x) from the topleft piece come from the back of the batting to the front and then from the back to the front of the right piece (x)
    Go a little bit lower and repeat from x to x.
    Do you understand?
    Goes wel for me.
    Greetings Janny Schoneveld

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