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Posted on: 11/22/05 5:38 AM
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The 6 photos in the web link above show how to piece batting. The photos [and their titles] pretty much explain the whole thing, but here is a little additional info:

Piecing is done in a wavy line to avoid feeling or seeing a ridge or line in the finished quilt.

The wavy line should be large gradual curves.

The stitching I've done in black so it would show in the photos, naturally you would use thread to match the batting.

A single thread in your needle is all that's needed.

Neatness doesn't count when you stitch this...I started at the top and used big sloppy overcast stitches. Then I started going back up with the stitching to show the completed stitching. You would sew one direction for the whole pieced seam, then head back the opposite direction to complete the seam.

This will be the quickest hand stitching you've ever done :)

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SewVeryTall said... (11/26/05 2:43 PM) Reply
You're all very welcome. Astro...thanks for the alternate option on the stitching. A backstitch as your describe would certainly hold the batting gently in place, which is the whole idea, until the final quilting is done to really secure it.
Astrostitcher said... (11/23/05 2:49 PM) Reply
Thanks for the pictures - worth a 1000 words as always. Just an additional hint on the hand stitching : I do this with a back stitch on the X's to help distribute any strain on the batting pieces. Goes like this : start on left side, cross join going to lower right, go straight back up underside still on right side half the distance from departure level on underside of batting, come up to surface and head downwards across join again, enter needle and on underside run straight up again to half the distance of the diagonal stitch etc. etc. Looks like sloppy X's with a triangle on the end of each cross when you're done. Sorry I can't post a pic.
10Ksteps said... (11/23/05 0:20 AM) Reply
Excellent tip. I often need to use more than one piece or leftovers and this will give me a much better product than my current methods. Thanks.
Mary Stiefer said... (11/22/05 9:09 AM) Reply
Thanks for the info. I've never seen this done before and I do plan on making one or two more quilts with leftovers - so - this will help a lot.
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