I thought today I would share my method for piecing batting. I use batting off the bolt, so I end up with lots of batting scraps. I do try and use them in smaller projects but the big chunks of batting, I piece together for some of my quilts.
I would not suggest piecing all types of batting. I generally use Hobbs 80/20. I would suggest testing how your batting looks when it is pieced. And I would only piece like batting together so the shrinkage is the same on your quilt.
The first thing you need to do is cut nice clean edges on the pieces you are going to join. A 60mm rotary cutter works great for this. I also use an old cutting mat or flip my mat over as the batting fibers get into your mat and it cannot self heal. (This will extend the life of your mat.)
I have seen some quilters piece their batting by barely overlapping and stitching with a straight stitch. My first seam left holes where the pieces didn't meet (see the scissors) and the one on the right where I overlapped more, left a big ridge that will probably show on a quilt.
I used to piece my batting by using a wide zigzag stitch. This works fairly well, but I find the batting doesn't lay as flat as I would like.
So now, I piece my batting using a serpentine stitch. It lays flat and the ridge where the two pieces meet is broken up with the stitching so it is not noticeable in a quilt.
If you have never used a serpentine stitch, it looks like the #2 stitch above.
I will say I am selective about what quilts I put pieced batting in. The small ridges may show if you put it in a quilt with a lot of negative space. And so you don't feel the ridges, I like to make sure the quilt is fairly well quilted - no big unquilted spaces.
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