So glad you all liked my little tip about cleaning your cutting board!!! Well, because you all asked so nicely ;o) .... I'm gonna share another little tip :o)!!!!
I'll show you how you can join your pieces of batting so that you don’t have to waste a scrap - AND … when you’re just that little bit short of batting you can just add a piece on – and it’s so easy :o)!!
See the first piccy below – the batting has rough jagged edges. Place these edges together overlapping them by about 1/2” (see below) – so that you can cut down the middle of the overlap and get rid of the uneven edges. Be sure that you have both pieces the same way up (sometimes batting has a skrim).Place your ruler on top of the overlap with the edge of the ruler right between the two rough edges … If you are joining pieces for a strip of batting – or you want to keep the pieces square then line up the top of the batting with one of the straight lines on your cutting board and square it up with the ruler. Then cut right down the middle of the overlap of the batting.Discard the ragged edges. You will see that your two pieces of batting now butt up nicely to each other with their perfectly straight matching edges. They are now ready to join. Set your machine to a 3 stitch zig zag …that’s number 11 on my machine. If you don’t have a 3 stitch zig zag on your machine then a single zig zag will do, just make sure it is wide enough to stitch across the join. Position the two pieces of batting under the foot as shown below with the straight edges butted up to each other.Then sew across the join with the zig zag stitch all the while keeping the two edges together. I have used red thread for the purpose of these piccies, but of course you would use a light one to blend in with the batting, otherwise it might show through on lighter fabrics when you come to use it in a quilt.Here it is all joined up….. Nice and neat and flat … ready to be used :o)!!Hmmm, now I’ve got all that nasty fluff in my cutting board!!! Whatever will I do LOL????