Batting Buddy Directions
Before you begin cutting the fabric, press all of it using Mary Ellen’s Best Press. There will be bias edges in most of the quilt patterns. This will help keep those edges from stretching. It is also easier to do this Fun & Done! Quilting technique with nice crisp fabric. I also like to cut everything on a 14” rotating cutting mat.
Before cutting the cotton batting, press it all with steam. There is quite a bit of pressing in each pattern. This will preshrink the batting so that it will keep its cut size.
- Take the backing fabric and fold it salvage to salvage then fold again so the fold is by the salvage. Place the fabric so the edge is on the left. Place it on the rotating mat. Place the Frame piece of the Batting Buddy along the edge, being sure that all of the fabric is past the left edge. Now cut along the right edge of the Frame with your rotary cutter from edge to edge. Without moving the Frame rotate the mat around and cut each of the remaining edges. You now have four Backing pieces. Fast!
- Take the preshrunk batting and fold it into no more than two layers. They get distorted if there are more. Now take the Square portion of the Batting Buddy. You will us this to cut out all of the batting. If you want to cut the batting into 7-1/2” strips first, go ahead. You can also use all those scraps of batting you get back from your long arm quilter. Again, use the rotating cutting mat.
- Take one piece of your backing fabric. Place in wrong side up in front of you. Place the Frame on top making sure all of the edges are even with the Frame. Take a piece of the cut batting. If you like, spritz a little KK2000 on the back of the batting to help keep it in place. Place this inside the Frame.
Now you are ready to start building your blocks.
Follow the pattern directions for constructing the blocks. I like to sew with my walking foot with the ¼” guide foot. Once you have all of your blocks built you can start sewing them together. I like to lay at least two or three rows out so that I know what the quilt will look like. This also helps to make sure each block is in the correct orientation to the other blocks. Put your Stitch-in-the-ditch foot onto your walking foot.
- Start with the top left corner of the quilt. Take the first two blocks. Place them backings together. Match up the corners and edges. If you placed the batting in the center with the Frame portion of the Batting Buddy it should be perfectly centered. Pin the edges. Line the guide on your walking foot up with the edge of the batting portion of the block. Now sew, keeping the stitches along the edge but not stitching on the block center. I like to backstitch 4-5 stitches at the beginning and the end of each seam.
- Press the seam open. Fold the edges along the seam under twice to form the sashing between the blocks. Again, be sure to back stitch at each end of the seam. Now sew the next block in the row onto the two you just sewed. After each block added to the row sew down the sashing. This way you will only have one square in the throat of your machine at a time.
- When you have all of the rows done you can start sewing them together. Do this in the same manner as you did when sewing the blocks together.
- When you have all the blocks together you can then sew the binding. It is simple. Fold the edge over twice and sew down just like you did the sashing.
- Ta-da! Your quilt is done. No hand sewing. No long arm quilter. I do advise when first learning this technique that you don’t make a quilt larger than a lap.
Let’s get it Fun & Done!