Until we figure out the technical difficulties for a quilted coaster video tutorial I was going to put up, here is a tutorial on piecing batting. Enjoy!
Are you looking for a way to use all
those scraps of batting you have laying around, but can't seem to throw
away? Well yesterday I pieced a couple scraps of batting for a quilt I
have in the works (along with the millions of other projects I have).
you will want to make sure your pieces are the same size (cut them if
need be), but also make sure that the finished piece will be large
enough for your quilt. You will then want to line up the two straightest
sides together (I recommend using the sides that were factory cut). I
don't sew together more than two pieces, although it is your own
couldn't get a better picture than this, but you can see that I made
large whip-stitches to join the two straight edges. **I've heard to use
hand quilting thread, but I've found that machine quilting thread works
just as well**. I used contrasting thread at the end to show the
stitches a little better, but you should use thread that blends in well
with the batting.
This particular piece (60" square)
took me about an hour, which isn't too bad in the grand scheme of
things. I've also heard you can piece batting with a sewing machine,
using the zig-zag stitch. But, I like hand-stitching things, so I prefer
I started piecing batting because the batting
I use has increased to almost $11 a yard (sad-face). So, I need to get
every penny I can out of every square inch of batting I buy.
Have any of you pieced batting? Either hand-stitched or machine?
quilting thread and machine quilting thread - The difference between
the two is that hand quilting thread has a resin on it to help the
thread move through the fabrics by hand much easier. Hand quilting
thread should NEVER be put on the sewing machine to sew with the
machine, as the resin will come off the thread and clog your machine.**
- I'm just a new wife who has an obsession with my sewing machine! In Oct. 2010, my mother and I created my first sewing project - Euro pillow shams. I was hooked! I read everything I could get my hands on that had to do with sewing! Books, magazines, online tutorials. I experimented and found that I get so much enjoyment from making quilts, and that it's where I found my niche. I'm still a beginner, but I've learned so much in just 5 short months, that I want to share it with someone!