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I have been working diligently to use up a lot of the batting scraps I have accumulated over the years.  I just finished piecing one that used up seven pieces and I had to sew seven seams to get it to the size I needed, which was only 48" x 60".  I even used one piece of warm and white and one piece of Hobb's 80/20 with the rest of the warm and natural.  Wonder if I will notice a difference where the Hobbs bat is after it is quilted and washed. 

Even with all these pieces used, I still have a large collection of pieces. 

Some of them are polyester from when I did nothing but hand quilt.  Maybe I need to do some small hand projects to get them used up too. 

One always needs to be a frugal quilter when there are no extra funds available.

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Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 22, 2015 at 1:52pm

I have not tried the tape, have always been leery of how quiltable it would be, as well as the addition of more chemicals to the project.  Right now finances continue to be too tight to try anything that needs to be purchased.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 22, 2015 at 7:12am

That was why quilting started...use up everything you have and not waste anything. If, only we could get the world to practice that. We have always tried to use everything to the max. I see our son teaching his sons to do the same.

Comment by LKC on June 22, 2015 at 4:53am

The tape is wonderful. Very soft and holds up great. Don't even notice in the quilt.  Make sure your pieces are all going in the same direction. One will stretch (cross) and the other will not. Press like the instruction. Feel the batting you can tell 100% cotton, 100% poly and 80/20 place them side by side. You can notice the difference. I just went through my white batting. I cut even strips. I do add to many quilts. I try to use the same brand. Any small strips less than 4" I rolled any 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 I made blocks for rag quilt. Any large pieces I squared up. I am also stuffing a old pillow case. May make foot stool or block for sitting. This two hour clean up did put some order in the big pile. Hope to do the same with natural soon. I like to sew section together using the xx stitch. Make sure the same thread is used in top and bottom. Invisible thread gathered for me, but it was only in the bobbin.

Comment by ra57 on June 22, 2015 at 3:09am

I have some of the tape but haven't used it yet and was wondering just how well it works. I also have a big bin of all sorts of batting scraps  but as I have just stuffed them in the bin, I have no idea what blend they all are! LOL

Comment by Janet/MO on June 21, 2015 at 9:05pm

I too use a type of zig zag stitch with my edge joining foot.  You really have to look closely at it to even see it has been seamed together.  I have wondered how well that tape holds up over the long haul and whether or not it would be very stiff in that part of the quilt.  

Cat Lady, if you get a chance to see the BS quilt, you should.  It is absolutely breathtaking!  It was hand appliqued and then Lynn did a fabulous job with her quilting.  Normally I prefer hand quilting with hand applique', but I would definitely make an exception to that with this quilt.  The woman who did the applique' won one of the top awards in Des Moines last  yr.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 21, 2015 at 6:59pm

I've done the same thing, and once it was quilted you would never know it wasn't one solid piece, or that it wasn't all the same brand.  I think as long as the cotton/poly blend is the same, it should be fine.  I have used the iron on tape for connecting pieces of batting, and really liked it.  Not sure why I never replaced it once it was gone...probably trying to be frugal, just like you.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 21, 2015 at 6:42pm

Barbara, Yes!  That's an iron-on fusible tape, 1-1/2" inches wide made by Heat and Press!  It's totally better than stitching battings together!  I don't ever do that anymore!

Comment by Barbara Graham on June 21, 2015 at 4:19pm

Have you tried the iron on connector (word are my business but I don't know one for this)? It's a soft, open weave and I thought it worked pretty well. I was connecting pieces of wool.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 21, 2015 at 4:13pm

Roann, I will be quilting this myself on my home machine. 

Janet, no I have not seen the BS quilt.

Comment by Janet/MO on June 21, 2015 at 3:53pm

My friend Lynn, who is a longarm quilter in Warrensburg, gave me a big box of batting scraps a while back.  I am going to take a day or 2 & sew several of them in to about 60" square.  She quilted the opportunity quilt for the Blue Springs guild.  Have you see it?  It is fabulous.  

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