18 August, 2015

Save your batting or interfacing SCRAPS!

Batting and interfacing are bulky so shipping is VERY expensive (especially for those who order them from abroad, like me!). That makes every little scrap of it valuable.

How to use batting or interfacing scraps
So, what can we do with batting scraps? Small bags and pouches are just two options. But I use scraps when I have to make larger pieces too. I "piece" the batting scraps into bigger pieces and I am able to use them for baby quilts, table runners, pillows or large bags.

So here is how to piece two batting pieces.

How to use batting or interfacing scraps
You need to lay the pieces on a cutting mat, overlapping them by at least 1-2 inches.
Then with a rotary cutter, cut a wavy line through both layers.

How to use batting or interfacing scraps
Remove the small strips and now the edges of the two pieces should look like this picture.

Line up the two pieces, matching the curves. Join the two pieces with a hand stitching. Make sure the joining stitching keeps everything flat, the edges don't have to overlap.

Here is a close-up; stitch as densely as you wish, it depends on how heavily you quilt your piece. Use thread in a MATCHING color.
You could join the pieces by machine too, but I find this more difficult than stitching by hand. You have to use a wide zig zag stitch. Little pieces of adhesive tape (that can be easily removed) could be of help to keep the pieces next to each other while sewing.

How about interfacing? If you make bags, I bet you have a big box of scraps. I save those too!

You just have to straighten the edges with a rotary cutter...

...and join them with a zig zag stitch.
Use FINE thread in a MATCHING color.

  How to use batting or interfacing scraps
I fused this piece to fabric.

How to use batting or interfacing scraps 
Here is how it looks: the joining stitching is not visible.
How to use batting or interfacing scraps

Even if I use fusible interfacing, I like to stitch on the interfacing +fabric piece as in the image below. It keeps the layers together better and if I used a scrappy interfacing, then this stitching makes the piece stronger.

How to use batting or interfacing scraps
But what if the pieces are really small? Use them to make bowls (like this one or this one) or boxes (like these or these).

So save your batting or interfacing scraps and put them to good use!

17 August, 2015

New quilt, new technique!

I finally finished one of the two quilt tops I made some time ago.
Since I used a new technique, it was a fun project and I was anxious to see it finished.

raw edge applique quilt pattern
Do you remember the top? At the time I said after quilting it should look significantly different.

raw edge applique quilt pattern

I wanted to use the design for a quilt with a mosaic effect (like this "Secret Flower Garden" quilt). Then I changed my mind and instead of making each piece smaller to let the background visible in between pieces, I chose to highlight the edges of the pieces with a zig zag stitch. All I wanted was to make the shape of each piece clear.

raw edge applique quilt pattern
I don't have a satin stitch on my machine so I stitched over the edges with a zig zag stitch twice - again, just to make the stitching more apparent.

I stitched for the first time only through the quilt top.
Here are some "work in progress" pictures.

Then I made the sandwich and I quilted the entire quilt. Finally, I doubled the zig zag stitch.  Yes, I used the walking foot a lot! And I even loved it!

raw edge applique quilt pattern
It was a FUN project!

raw edge applique quilt pattern
Pattern coming ... some day! First I have to quilt the second top!
Meanwhile,  I added this quilt in my Etsy shop.

Have a great week,
I am linking to Finish it up Friday


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