Tuesday, September 14, 2010
First, let me be clear that I would not do this in most instances. Normally, I would just fold up the batting and get a larger piece. But, this is kind of a salvage quilt anyway--it's a way to keep those 20+-year-old blocks from aging unseen in a box somewhere. I'd also use it if I encountered a similar problem with a quilt that would spend a lot of it's life at outdoor events or a quilt that a child would drag around and wear out--or even a quilt for a pet. And if I were quiltmaking while snowed in, I might even splice batting for a nice quilt; who knows.
Here's how I did it....
First, I laid a strip of batting on top of the first piece so that about two or three inches overlapped.
I slipped a narrow cutting board between the quilt back and batting and cut both layers of batting in a nice, gently curving line:
And, truthfully, I stitched most of it with a quilting needle, not with the large needle shown above. My stitches, perpendicular to the cut edges, about 1/8 inch into the batting.
The reason for the wavy cutting/sewing line is that the place the batting joins could create a ridge in the finished quilt if the line were straight. This way the join will be less noticeable in the finished quilt.
This particular batting is a Quilter's Dream Request--it gives a thin antique look. More often, when making the kind of "drag-around" quilts where I'd find this technique acceptable, I'd use a thicker batt.
I hope this technique will work for you if you're ever caught just a little short in the batting department.