On the Frame: Scrap Batting Challenge

I told you that I was working on cleaning and reorganizing the closet of the quilting room.  The batting scraps were everywhere.  I decided that enough was enough and those scraps were going to get tackled.  Of course I forgot to take a picture (rather truth be told…my phone was buried under stuff I was moving around and I couldn’t find it and was too lazy to go downstairs and get a real camera.)

I decided I would only put charity quilts on the frame until all the batting scraps were used.  (I do play lots of games like this with myself..weird I know) showed two quilts on Thursday that were done with only scraps.  At the time I thought I would likely be able to do two more quilts using only scrap batting.

This one was an easy pick.  It was a baby quilt.  The scraps for this all came from Ila.

Next up was this beauty….
It’s lap sized and really pretty.


Believe it or not I was wrong about the scrap though.  I had enough to do yet another quilt.  It’s a Christmas that was recently sent to me…I forgot to get a picture of it.  It’s likely single sized.

That left my batting scraps FINALLY under control.  I can’t do another quilt with them and that made me happy.

Next up my plan is to use up all of the prepackaged batting.  Now days my batting comes in by the bolt so I don’t need pre-packaged batting unless it’s a real specialty project like like black batting.  For the most part I use Hobbs 80/20 and Warm and Natural.  That’s enough for me at this point….  I wrote a blog post a bit ago explaining what batting I use.  You can find that here.

If I can get all the batting used up, that will free up an entire shelf in the quilting closet.  I’m killing two birds with one stone.  I am working on my tidying project and I’m getting more charity quilt tops done.  That makes me happy on two levels.  So that’s the new goal….quilt enough charity tops to clean off the pre-packaged batting shelf.  That’s do-able.

Keep posted to see if I can accomplish that goal.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who plays little games makes goals with themselves.

15 thoughts on “On the Frame: Scrap Batting Challenge”

  1. Mary Ann Harpe

    Nope, I am trying to make quilts with only what I have on hand. Well, trying. I have done 2 lap quilts with my batting scraps and put together 2 quilt tops from Christmas block I exchanges years ago. Now trying to finish out the tops I’ve done. Well, at least I will try.

  2. You are definitely not alone. I do it with exercise too. I have several Craftsy classes that I’m only allowed to watch on the treadmill! TED Talks are also good for the treadmill.

  3. Sometimes, bargaining with myself is the only way I get things done. I can have “free” time to sew if I get a few chores done around the house. We are more alike than we think!

  4. Do you join the batting scraps with a zig zag stitch or the tape. I have a pile of scraps and want to start using them up.

  5. I’m the same way Jo. If I clean for an hour then I get to sew or organize in my sewing room for that length of time. It works for me and keeps me motivated.
    Happy sewing, Jo! Anne D.

  6. Yes, I too, bargain with myself! I really need to clean off my cutting table right now! I find that my creativeness gets bogged down when I have too much clutter around me!!

  7. You sure aren’t the only one to play games like that! I do it all the time to get myself motivated to finish the tasks I don’t want to do. Otherwise the bathrooms would never get cleaned! LOL! You are a wonder in all you get done! Love your attitude.

  8. You are definitely not the only one to bargain with yourself. Now if I could only convince my brain that vegetables tasted as good as chocolate! Good luck with the treatment this week. You can tell yourself you are taking a magic pill to make you all better. :>)

  9. I play those mind games with myself too – the batting leftovers are next to go at my house also. Not that the local quilt shop will like this statement, I have vowed no new fabric in until some is completed. I too work with donation blankets & the stack is
    growing instead of decreasing.
    Good luck with treatment! You know we are all praying for it all to go well.

  10. Well, I call them incentives instead of goals. When I’m doing an unpleasant or hard task, one thing I do is try to never check and see how close to done I am until I’m truly sure I’m more than half done. It’s too demoralizing to see, “Gee, only 30% done?”, whereas, “Hey, I’m 2/3rds done!” spurs me on. I started doing this as a kid when I was training to swim races that were 20 laps. It’s surprisingly difficult to keep track of how many you’ve swam, but to look at the counter on the poolside when I was getting close always put a little more energy in my stroke.

  11. I use a zig zag stitch. I also play mind games with myself (is that the definition of crazy?) to get housework done or grading done or quilt blocks done. I use the kitchen timer to make myself focus on ONE task and then of course, sewing room is the REWARD! I need to play a batting scraps game myself. . .mine are OUT OF CONTROL!

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