I know other people have done something similar to this. If you're like me, though, you can never get enough pictures or descriptions of new techniques! I love seeing how different quilters do the same tasks because everyone does it a little differently. Or maybe it just takes reading different descriptions before you finally decide to tackle something new.
One of the skills that I had been putting off trying was making good use of my large batting scraps. I got tired of wasting so much batting and opening a new package every time I needed to baste a quilt. I had long narrow pieces that would work, if I could only magically put them together! I put off trying it because I was afraid of producing something with lumps or gaps that would be visible or obvious when feeling the quilt.
Finally I tried it and discovered that it wasn't as hard as I thought! I took pics to share with you.
First, determine the size batting you need for your project. Second, I would choose to create that size with the fewest scrap pieces as possible. That means using your larger pieces first. The super-small pieces aren't worth the trouble. Save them for use in placemats, mug rugs (or as I like to call them, Quilt Dads), or pincushions.
This is a bulky job. And, uh, by the way, don't wear black pants. I'm just sayin'...
So now you've lined up your two scraps side-by-side (not overlapping at all) on the bed of your machine. Start about 6-8" down from the top. It's too hard to start at the top because the weight is pulling it wonky.
FYI - The quilt being basted in the pics is now finished and will be featured on Moda Bake Shop on May 8th. If I can use this technique on a quilt that will be shown publicly, I know you can try it on yours ;-)
Good luck and let me know how it goes!
PS - Don't forget about the Longarm Quilting discount I'm offering on quilts I receive by May 31st! For more info click on the pig.