I certainly am more careful to use every last scrap of fabric. But have you thought about saving small pieces of batting (wadding, to my friends Down Under)? I used to toss the cut-off pieces of batting after a quilt came back from the long-arm quilter.
But no more!
I read about Marti Michell's "Marti's Choice Fusible Tape" on her website.
Marti uses it for quilting large quilts in sections, but Aunt Marti uses it to make big battings out of little pieces!
To use the fusible tape, make a clean, straight cut on one edge of each piece of batting. Place both pieces on your ironing surface (I use a Big Board) with the straight edges flush.
Preheat the iron to slightly cooler than the "cotton" setting, with steam. Begin at one end and roll the tape over the cut, pressing as you go.
According to Marti Michell:
Marti's Choice Fusible Tape won't gum up machine needles and is soft enough to needle easily by hand. Use it to stabilize seams and bias edges, and for low-fat machined quilting in sections! It's PERFECT for low-fat machine quilting in sections -- when you divide the batting, use Marti's Choice Fusible Tape to fuse the batting together again!
It's only necessary to tape one side of the batting. Really, it won't pull apart when you quilt. The tape is flexible so that you can't tell where it is once the quilt is quilted!
The tape costs $10 for 30 yards (2" wide style). I mostly use this method for baby-size or lap-size quilts.
I easily save the cost of the tape by using the cut-off batting from two or three quilts for one lap-size quilt.
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