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    A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

    So . . I've posted about helping my DGD make a tee-shirt quilt . . . . and had help from some of you 'seasoned quilters' along the way - - thank you once again . . . .

    BUT I have an unusual problem today. Upon opening my bag of batting (Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting - Twin Size 72" X 90") to spread it out to let the fold wrinkles rest, I find that I apparently at some prior time 'stole' a chunk about 13" X 15" (I have a vague memory of this theft) which leaves me in a quandary!

    The tee-shirt quilt top measures 72" X 90"!?!?!? We planned it that way by using sashing and a border . . . . * * since that roll of batting was sitting on the shelf in the closet that was clearly marked 72" X 90"! Upon measuring the batting, I find that it actually measures 76" X 97" - I conclude that's because your batting and backing are supposed to be slightly larger than the quilt top.

    So therein lies my dilemma . . . that's making me 'batty' > > > > > do I 'steal' some of the extra inches to make a patch? > > or will that leave me a problem not having the extra inches . . to be bigger than the quilt top?

    Anybody ever dealt with such 'thievery'????

    "B"
    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
    "B"

    #2
    Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

    Do you not have any pieces leftover from other quilts?

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      #3
      Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

      Originally posted by shirleyknot View Post
      Do you not have any pieces leftover from other quilts?
      Sadly, I don't think so . . . I have yet to dig into some random scraps I have in my stash. Previously I have only done QSYG squares, so this is the only bed size batting I have - seems I needed an extra block at some time. I was hoping to start quilting tomorrow with no time to order - but may have to reconsider that. Not even sure if and how a patch can be accomplished.
      NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

      ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
      ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
      ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
      ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
      ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
      "B"

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        #4
        Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

        I have "patched" using strips of lightweight fusible interfacing to join the pieces. It is along the lines of the batting tape they sell, but a homemade version. The interfacing doesn't add any bulk and keeps things from shifting. I have had more trouble trying to stitch pieces together than ironing them.

        You could try trimming the batting closer and making a patch. I would still leave some batting hanging out to keep it from sucking up inside the quilt.
        Be who you are and say what you feel
        because those who mind don't matter,
        and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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          #5
          Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

          I prefer my batting to be a bit bigger to allow for pulling in(?) from the quilting. I would piece scraps to fill in the hole but that only solves part of your problem. You will probably be happier if you replace the batting you have with a larger piece. You really don't want to come up short when your quilting is done. Now maybe, if you are tying you could squeak by but it will be close
          “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

          ― Albert Pine

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            #6
            Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

            You can piece a scrap of batting in, abut the two pieces and use a zig zag stitch to secure it. It will hold and behave itself just fine, I just did this myself and I thought I'd be able to tell where I pieced the batting and I can't tell at all. There are videos out there that show how, google will surely come up with a few.

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              #7
              Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

              I have pieced batting together and it holds just fine once all the quilting is done.
              sigpic:icon_hug: Iris Girl = April = fabric, Fabric FABRIC!!
              Time spent with cats is never wasted.
              Sigmund Freud

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                #8
                Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                Thanks loads ladies - - so, after the batting relaxed a bit, I put the pieces together . . folded in quarters. Fortunately for me, there seems to be more length than width > > > so if i fold the batting at the top lined up so that I have about 1-1/2" overhang (which would be at top and bottom - about what I have on each side), it would allow me to slice off 3" across the length > > > > then if I piece 4 - 3" pieces I need, giving me 12" to make my patch - - it may just work. The width of the patch isn't a problem since I'll have the full 3" strip, allowing me what I need there. As toggpine suggests, I could attach the pieces using light fusible (I have plenty left over from fusing the tee-shirts) - - - hmmm, could this be possible?

                We plan to do simple straight, box type quilting . . . maybe it won't pull in as much as fancier quilting?

                I'm attaching a pic that maybe will clarify the issue - - on the 2nd pic I stuck in a piece of material so you could see the cut out.IMG_4086.JPGIMG_4088.JPG
                NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

                ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
                ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
                ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
                ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
                ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
                "B"

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                  #9
                  Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                  Wow! What a frustration! I hope you were able to find something to patch the missing corner.

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                    #10
                    Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                    I think you can do it. I have pieced batting several times. I just butt the pieces together and use a big zigzag stitch. No problems with it.

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                      #11
                      Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                      About 2 weeks ago I had to piece the batting. There was a ragged hole. So, I measured it, added an extra inch all the way around. Then I went to my batting scraps and used the measurements to draw a nice neat square, I cut it out, then laid it on top of the ragged hole. Used a purple disappearing marker and drew around the square of batting. Then I cut out the ragged hole making it a nice neat square and then inserted the square that I cut from my scrap batting pile. Then using needle and thread, I whipped stitched it in. Can't tell where I did this after it was quilted.
                      Vonnie

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                        #12
                        Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                        After the posts of suggestions from you ladies, I'm pretty sure I can manage a patch to my batting to fill my 'missing corner.

                        However, now I'm wondering whether or not a 1-1/2" overlap (from the top to the batting and backing) is going to be enough. Never having made a bed size quilt, other than QAYG, I'm not sure about the sandwich and how much bigger the batting 'should' be than the top > > > so I watched videos to see what is recommended. Seems like there's differing opinions . . . from no overlap, but rather stitch around the perimeter with 1/4" SA (to hold everything in place) - - - up to a maximum of 8" overlap for the batting and backing.

                        I'm stuck between the 'stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4" SA' with the batting I have > > > or buying new batting in a bigger size to have much more of an overlap . . . . . and this question I pose since most of you quilt bed size quilts and have done this many times . . . . if it were you, what would you do?

                        TYIA for your advice.
                        NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

                        ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
                        ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
                        ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
                        ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
                        ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
                        "B"

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                          #13
                          Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                          You could always buy a small piece of the same brand/weight batting and use that for piecing. Essentially you would end up with batting it's original size. I think 1.5-2" on each side is enough. That is definately what I would do!
                          Bev

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                            #14
                            Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                            Most importantly, what type of machine are you quilting on?

                            I have a long arm and need that extra batting and backing to place my clamps on to keep it smooth and taut. I quilted one for a friend and the backing and batting was just barely an inch extra all the way around and my machine kept bumping into the clamps and messing up smooth quilting lines.
                            Vonnie

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                              #15
                              Re: A 'chunk' missing from my batting . . . is making me 'batty'!

                              Originally posted by Vonnie View Post
                              Most importantly, what type of machine are you quilting on?

                              I have a long arm and need that extra batting and backing to place my clamps on to keep it smooth and taut. I quilted one for a friend and the backing and batting was just barely an inch extra all the way around and my machine kept bumping into the clamps and messing up smooth quilting lines.
                              First of all, I'm jealous . . . a long arm is only a dream of mine! I have never even accomplished 'free motion quilting'. I'll be quilting on my faithful Juki F600 using a walking foot . . . . and do simple straight line, box-like quilting focusing around the tee-shirt squares and the sashing making sure to quilt as close as the batting calls for. Quilting is not for 'sissies' - so many decisions . . so much to learn . . . so many different ways to do it all . . .

                              I've watched many YouTube vids for quilting on a regular SM - - one says quilting 'pushes the top out' making it necessary to have the extra batting and backing . . . another says quilting 'takes in the top', so I take that to mean a lot of overhang of the batting and backing is not necessary . . . . another says to run a line of stitching with 1/4" SA around the entire perimeter, which would keep the sandwich together and prevent any shifting > > > > very confusing ! ! !
                              NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

                              ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
                              ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
                              ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
                              ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
                              ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
                              "B"

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