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Going Batty posted: 6/15/2005
by Patricia Littlefield Printable Page
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How To Put Batting Scraps To Good Use

If you are like most quilters, you have long, skinny strips of batting left from trimming your quilts prior to binding them. If you are also frugal like most quilters, you can’t throw them away and promise yourself that someday, you will stitch them all together to make batting for a child’s or everyday quilt. Again, if you are like most quilters, the idea of sewing long strips together does not necessarily have the same appeal as a trip to the fabric shop, although, indeed, it might save you a dollar of two.

I was once one of those quilters, but no more. Yes, I still build up a collection of orphan batting strips, but now I happily put them together for use in a child’s quilt or one that will not make it to the Smithsonian. The secret to my motivation is the humble log cabin. Yes, I simply choose the widest left over strip, trim it so it’s square, and then sew the rest of my leftover strips around it, log cabin-style.

Although the width of individual strips does not matter, I trim up the edges of each prior to adding it to the center square so that they will but up against one another smoothly. I set my machine on the widest zigzag stitch and stitch away. In no time, I have a pieced piece of batting, ready to be used as is or added to when more leftovers become available.

“Aloha nui loa”
©2005 Patricia Littlefield
Editor’s Note: What a wonderful way to use your leftover batting strips for your guild’s charity quilts!

A Serious Quilter

A serious quilter was Mary McRoth,
for she thought of herself as God's gift to cloth.
She only used colors dark, sober, and somber
like brown, navy, black, charcoal, and burnt umber.
The quilts that she made were solemn and stern;
nothing fancy nor frivolous was ever discerned.
Her standards were high and rigidly set,
and new quilters quivered, fearing they'd never be met.

But one day Mary suddenly saw the light
and began using colors both bold and bright.
"No more dull shades," she now decreed,
and all the quilters then followed her lead.
Mary now chooses cloth of every hue,
and her quilts dance in shades of red, yellow, and blue.

©2005 Patricia Littlefield

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