How To Join Batting Pieces: Learn to Join All Types of Quilt Batting and Use Up Your Batting Scraps

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hi welcome to quilty Erika welcome back

thanks Erika vana what what do you think

is your most often made quilt size baby

quilt lap quilt no I started making lap

or couch cuddle size but now I have to

lots of big votes to make it comes in

waves right it does like how many babies

but we always love to make them yes well

today we're going to talk about joining

batted pieces because when we make all

these little projects and these little

baby quilts you know batting comes in

all kinds of sizes as we know and all

kinds of different weights and we're

going to talk a little bit more about

batting weights but you know there's

baby quilt size bats right all those

bats and um and you know but you still

usually have scraps right you know yes

all baby quilts are not the same size

that's right right so what do you do

with all those scraps well mine are all

wadded up exactly but this is something

you have in your home right yeah and you

said sometimes they're in plastic bags


yeah stuffed in yep exactly so when we

pull the batting out of our closet or

wherever we have it you know maybe where

this organized to put these little

scraps together but uh excuse me but

there's but there's a problem here

because we don't know what this pile is

right right there might be different

kinds of batting right exactly different

weights different fibers we have bamboo

bang we have poly cotton batting you

know it's different so my first tip

today is to label it you know when you

have your batting package take a second

and cut out the little label that is so

fabulous it's good it's a good I think

we actually got this from a love of

quilting viewer who sent this tip in and

um and if the if like I noticed when I

cut this label out that the the

manufacturer's name wasn't on this

particular part of the label now say

I better put it down there so when I go

shopping I can get the right

the right kind just in case I needed to

know so you pin that all together in all

your little bits and then you know

fabulous I know it's pretty good I want

you to talk about hand hands so sewing

bits to get sure what do you know about

this well um before you can hand sew or

even machine so the first thing you need

to make sure it has two edges that

you're going to be putting together are

relatively straight because if you're

like me and you've been cutting your

batting with scissors because you're so

excited that you just got your quilt

base it together and you want to get

that extra off you Shh the UM it just

might not be straight exactly so you

yeah you rotary cut it right I rotary

cut it and I think you said sometimes

you press your batting do you get it

flat and sometimes I will stick it in a

hot dryer for a few minutes to make it

relax muffin and lay it flat it's great

yeah um yeah but that's a really I've

never done that before but I will so

yeah rotary cutting up those edges is

smart yes and then no steam right on

your iron you want a dry iron and just

really carefully do that right if you've

got a super if you've got like a

polyfill bedding don't know iron on that

like I'm very careful what you do that

would be bad that would be bad I'm good

huh you have tears right right so hand

sewing okay once you but the edges

together you can take a needle and

thread and just take a simple whips to

pitch mm I mean we'd want to trim that

because that's kind of funky right there

right yeah and the number one tip is you

want to put the edges next to each other

not overlapping yes and we'd probably do

something like that right and the second

tip is when you're sewing hand sewing

with the needle and thread you want to

make sure not to pull too tightly

because will actually start to gather up

where you're sewing so um

gentle stitches don't pull too tight

great okay so what we're going to demo

today that's good hand

and joining tips what we're going to

demo is the machine joining and really

the principle is the same you want to

not overlap your pieces and you want to

I would at the at the machine not push

or pull too much you know right some

people use a walking foot I didn't but

you could yes I use a walking foot and

try to just let the Machine take the bag

through right okay so we're going to

join we're going to join a piece and

I've trimmed this pretty well so I mean

these are all these Frankenstein pieces

but I want you know if you want to get

and we're just gonna do a portion of

this but I mean you can really get the

right size that you need

yeah do and it's fabulous I just learned

about this recently it's really good

because you spent the money on it you

know you should do it really quick so so

we're not like in patchwork we're not

doing a seam allowance that's not

happening here we are abutting the two

sides and taking them to the machine now

quick quick thing here I set up my my

stitch to be a zigzag I played around

with my machine and I wrote down what I

liked the setting that I liked did you

know a zig zag can be big it can be wide

you know it can be all these different

all right sizes so I wanted to remember

so I might put this with my batting I

might say this is my little cheat sheet

know for when I'm sewing I give you all

of this negative move over there because

it's starting to take over the place

okay so that's so a little bit um

pinning I don't know we talked about

pinning not not too long ago I did not

pin I suppose just like anything you can

do what feels good to you um I didn't

feel like it was that necessary

like I say Eric and I'm sure you say

this too I mean if you ever find a

teacher that says this is the only way

to do this you just have to run away

because it's not true right run away you

have to find what works best for you


okay so a little bit of joining I set my

zigzag and I'm just gonna go straight

over the zigzag and being really careful

not to I'm not gonna do it but you don't

want to you don't want to scrunch you

don't want a scene you don't want a scar

you could almost call it a scar you

don't want that you want to keep it

really flat then just take your time and

join your pisses together that's really

as simple as that and then you're gonna

trim at the at the than that okay I

think we did it oh there's one more tip

okay so here if you would hand me once

again sure that large package of bedding

and I'm gonna grab something else I'm

gonna go behind you and grab this okay

so if you have different kinds of

batting and you're like well whatever I

could just I mean this is a this is a

polyfill but it's you know like I could

probably join them together and it

wouldn't really make that big of a

difference I'm gonna say no I'm gonna

say don't do it yeah I would agree why

would you think that that might be a bad

idea I mean I'm just pop quizzing you

but if it's a quilt that's gonna be

washed and used exactly on cotton is

gonna shrink more than the poly even if

it's a one yeah totally you're gonna

have funky washing right and that's not

good um also it might quilt differently

well it will cool differently totally if

you got a really thin batting you know

it's gonna look different yeah very very

crazy things could put her through that

Mary true that Erica man um I love

having you here we should just you know

go on the road we should Erica and Mary

so um okay thanks for coming we'll see

you online and make a quilt wine it

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