Have your ever figured and then cut your batting to what you thought was the right size only to be surprised at the last roll of the quilt that the batting is a couple of inches too short? It happens more often than you think. The only way to fix this is to add a piece of batting. There are a few things that you need to watch when adding this new piece so that the join isn’t visible.
First, cut a piece the size you need, giving yourself a little wiggle room. That means you need it a couple of inches bigger all the way around. Now the next thing to consider is how to incorporate it in the quilt top. Ask yourself a series of questions.
1. How close is the join to the edge of the quilt?
Answer: If your joining point is very close to the edge, you will need to cut the quilted batting back away from the edge so the join is several inches from the edge. You will want to look at your border quilting design to decide where the best place for a join is.
2. Will the joined edges of the two pieces of batting have quilting crossing this join the entire length?
Answer: If the quilting design will criss cross the join, like a feather or stipple, you will just need to butt the edges of the two pieces of batting together. Use quilt basting spray to assure the edges stay where you want them. Make very sure that they do not overlap or have gaps between the edges. The overlapped places will have bumps because the batting in those places will be twice as thick as the rest of the quilt. The places where the batting doesn’t meet will have thin places because there isn’t any batting there. You will be able to see these places quite easily.
3. How do I get the batting edges to stay where I want them until they can be quilted?
Answer: Use quilt basting spray if the design is dense enough to hold the batting in place. If the quilting design just won’t accomplish this task, then you will have to whip the edges together. Do not pull this seam tight as this will create bumps in the batting. If the seam is too loose there will be gaps in the batting.
4. What thread do I use for this seam?
Answer: Use your regular piecing thread to match the batting. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match, just don’t use a thread color that will show through your top or backing fabric. I usually use white, off white or black, depending on the color of the batting.
Hope this will get you back on tract again to finish those UFO’s that find themselves plagued with this problem. Please feel free to bring your quilt in if you need some help with this.