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    Box of Batting

    I bought a tall box of batting last fall. I have been using up the smaller packages and haven't opened it yet. I know several of you buy batting this way and I am wondering how you deal with it . Should I open it and lay it on the bed to cut it ? My cutting table is not large enough to hold it and I am afraid I will stretch it. My long arm does have a rail for batting. I am told the batting is folded on the roll , so that wouldn't work without rerolling it. Sometimes I lay quilts out on the pool table and thought about using that. I can't think of anywhere else in my house large enough to deal with this.

    Thanks,
    Teresa

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    I buy batting on a large roll. I think it's 30 yds. It's Hobbs 80/20 & it's folded in half (45"), so when opened, the full width is 90". I leave it folded, roll it out on the floor, mark it with a Sharpie, then cut it with scissors. A metal carpenter's measuring tape works great for measuring fabric or batting. You can lock it in place & lay it down. I use 2 long quilting pins to secure the edges of the batting. I store the roll vertically, covered in plastic to protect from dust. Most of my quilts are crib or lap size, so I don't have to cut too large a piece at any one time. If I have a larger quilt, the LAer provides the batting.

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      #3
      I use my pool table with the ping pong table attached......works great.....large flat surface. I leave it folded and roll out my length and I use big scissors to cut it, actually using the roll kind of like a straight edge to keep my cutting straight. Then I unfold and install on the quilt frame as usual.

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        #4
        I have a roll of batting hanging on PVC pipe attached to the quilt frame. The batting is folded in half. I roll it out and over the take up bar and measure the length I need. I mark where to cut on the batting and use the table area on the back of the frame for cutting it.
        *~* Myrna *~*
        *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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          #5
          I always unfold the batting, so it can rest and fluff up a bit before cutting, I use the floor, (oh, my aching back) to mark it and put in on the dinning room table fold it in half lightly and cut
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            #6
            TMP, I keep the batting stored in the box as long as possible where the batting bar is under the machine. Mine too is folded. I use the top of my longarm bars to roll out the batting. I know what the folded edge is, so I roll it across to get the width of the quilt and cut it there. Then I immediately repackage it back up as quilter cat lurks and I do not want her using it as scratching post.
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              #7
              I unroll mine on the floor, cut off what I need, then put the roll back in plastic bag to store in the corner of my long arm room. Once it is cut, I open it up, spritz with spare bottle and toss in dryer to help remove the crease.

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                #8
                I keep an old sheet spread out underneath my long arm and keep my roll of batting there and cover it up with the rest of the sheet. When I get ready to cut it, I carry it to my bed and set it on a chair and roll it out on the bed. I keep it folded. I take my top and fold it in half and lay it on the batting lining up the folds. Then I cut the batting making sure I leave 3 - 4 inches all around the folded top except on the fold. Never had a problem. Be careful to not cut your bedspread or quilt that you have on your bed! It's safest to cut on the gap between the bed and the chair.
                Vonnie

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                  #9
                  Thanks all for your ideas. I am going to have my daughter help me tackle this monster roll. I can see my self cutting the bedspread so I think the pool table would be the place . Did you know they make special scissors for batting ? Lady who set my long arm up told me about them. I wonder how our ancestors who quilted made it without all the special tools.

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