1) I keep things. Not as bad as the man I live with but bad all the same. So. I keep all the little scraps from trimming batting. I just can't get myself to throw it away. But piecing it into a usable size is just such. a. drag. It dawned on me that I could piece them into usable squares and those would be easy to use in small quilts. I hauled out that embarrassingly large pile of batting scraps and started slicing them into 12 inch lengths.
|This isn't even all the scraps!|
Then I straightened one edge on each length and just started putting the pieces together.
I found that if I used this foot:
|Does anyone know what it's called??|
and a WIDE and LONG zigzag, they went together is a snap with a very smooth joint.
After a few DVRed episodes of Law and Order I had a very respectable pile of batt-lets. I managed to join two large pieces into a batting that measures 45" X 35". Since I use two types of batting, I made two separate batting blocks: The Warm and Natural I cut into 11" X 11" squares. I have enough to make a batting 55" X 77". I also made a pile of 10.5" squares from Hobbs 80/20. I have enough of those to make a batting 60" X 45".
|Batt-let blocks on the right. On the left are the scraps I am finally throwing away.|
Pretty productive and now I am not bothered by having a pile of unusable scraps all over the place.
More about my ongoing clean up in future posts.
Are you watching the Oscars? I am. Isn't Ann Hathaway gorgeous!!