Monday, September 9, 2019


Well, actually, prepping for basting.

The batting was a 36" x 108" remnant that I cut across and Frankenbatted together to create a large enough piece. Because it was the end of the bolt, it had some serious wrinkles and deep folds. I spread out and pinned down the backing, laid out the batting, lightly steamed it and smoothed the wrinkles, and placed the quilt top on it.

I have a lot of other stuff going on, and this is in an out of the way spot where no one will step on it, so I'll leave it like this until I can get a chance to pin baste it. By then the wrinkles will all have relaxed out of the batting.

For backing I used some very vintage stash, a tan and blue "ethnic" print and a navy textured stripe print that I've had in my stash since my house was decorated in Country Blue in the 1980's and 90's. These were two of my very early quilt fabric acquisitions but were never used. Time to put them to good use.

Link ups:
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Love Laugh Quilt
Em's Scrapbag


  1. That's looking good! I'm glad that you could use up some batting leftovers to make this a great donation quilt!
    I bought a new pre-packaged batting a few weeks ago - I pulled it out of the bag last week to "relax" it, but I might have to try your steaming idea, as it's still VERY creased.

  2. Love the term Frankenbatt! It really describes what we do when sewing batting pieces together. I hear you on using older fabric for backing. I like the top design a lot. Simple but very effective.

  3. "Frankenbatting?!" I love it!! The trick that works best for me with deeply creased batting is to toss the batting in the dryer on gentle/low heat with a wet white wash cloth that I just run under the faucet and then chuck it into the dryer with the batting. Then I just check it every 5 minutes or so until the steam from the drying wash cloth has removed the wrinkles from my batting. Your donation quilt is beautiful!

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing that ancient fabric on the back and having a trip down memory lane! I use an iron-on tape to join my batting scraps together, which is more like a modern surgical technique than zigzag stitching. I really hated pulling out my older machine with a zigzag stitch and wrestling the batting through it. But I miss saying Frankenbatting :)

  5. This is beautiful! All of the blues are lovely :) Thanks for linkign with TGIFF.