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Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

I like to use batting scraps-leftovers from larger quilts-to make my smaller quilts, pillows and vase quilts.  Previously, this required hand-stitching the batting together and was a bit time consuming.  

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I found this new (new-to-me at least) product:  Heat PressIt eliminates the hand-stitching.  Here’s how it works:

First, layer the two batting scraps so that they overlap by an inch or two.  Next, rotary cut a curvy line down the overlap.  (A curvy line is more stable than a straight line and is less likely to be noticeable when it is quilted.)

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Remove the “overlap” pieces and discard.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Realign the batting–place it together tightly.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Place a strip of Heat Press (resin side down) on the join…

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Read the warning about testing and lowering the heat.  ( I lowered the heat from the highest and used a pressing cloth.)

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Using a pressing cloth, iron the Heat Press over your joined batting.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

It works like a charm and with no hand-stitching required!  More time for FMQ and working on all of those tutorials (you-trying, me-making samples!)

Please check out the Quilt Tab/Tutorials above for many free motion quilting tutorials.

 Next week we are working on straight line designs…and I am going to talk about a very popular FMQ aid that I hate…and MY SECRET WEAPON for FMQ!

Stay tuned!