Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Threaded Mess Challenge Project: Batting Scraps

Hi Readers and Followers!

One of the things I have wanted to do with my blog are challenge projects where all of us would work on something theme related together. Guess what?? I have a challenge project for you!

Nancy over at Patchwork Penguin, who might I add is the first official NOVA Modern Quilt Guild member besides myself (sweet!), recently posted about not knowing what to do with batting scraps and inspired this challenge project. This is what her batting scrap stash looks like:

picture taken from Nancy's blog
Here's my stash:


My problem is that I rarely follow a pattern or have one to begin with. I don't take the time to plan things out on paper often and I don't always stick to whatever planning I have done. The pinwheel quilt is a great example of that! I started making the pinwheels, I had some fat quarters so I decided to border the pinwheels, I liked them so much I wanted more so I made more pinwheels and strips for borders, I've changed my design several times and still haven't decided which one I like best, and I have to figure out how to make it big enough for my guest bedroom bed. It started out as a lap quilt and now it has more than doubled that size. When I ultimately finish my quilt top I will likely have to get a batting that doesn't fit my top perfectly which means I am going to have some scraps. So where does the challenge come in? Well...

I challenge YOU, Readers and Followers, to join me in creating something from batting scraps.

How this works:
  1. Become a follower. There will be perks involved (hint, hint). If you already are, skip this step (and thanks for following!!). To follow, click the "follow" button on the right side of my blog.
  2. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you're going to participate in the challenge.
  3. Grab this button and put it on your website (if you have one)
 
Rules:
  • You must use scraps of batting (no new batting) for this project. If you don't have any, ask a friend (and get your friend involved too!).
  • You must create something you or someone else can use i.e. a finished product that can be hung, wrapped, pinned, stuffed, covered, snuggled, tossed, or otherwise used and loved. 
  • You must take pictures as you make your batting scrap project.
  • You must send me those pictures once you're done and tell us how you made it. 
I will be showing off my favorites on this blog (with your permission of course). If you want you can add them to the Threaded Mess flickr group or send them to me by email at threadedmess(at)gmail(dot)com.

I don't know about you but I work better with a deadline so let's say that all challenge projects must be submitted by October 3rd (that's 2 months!) which should give you plenty of time to participate even if you don't get to sew very often. 

1,2,3, go!

Happy Quilting!

p.s.- future challenge project hints: save your scraps! save your selvages! save your strips!

6 comments:

Nina-Marie said...

Its funny that you've come up with this idea. Just recently, a friend showed me how to piece batting scraps by zigzagging them on the machine. It was so neato and quick, I took my scraps - zig-zagged them into a bedsize! Good luck with your challenge though!!

Natalie said...

Hi Nina-Marie! Thanks for stopping by! I've seen batting pieced like that but haven't tried it because I was worried it would quilt funny. Have you used your pieced bed-sized batting yet? How did it do?

Dana said...

I use mine for stuffing-just pull it apart a little and stuff my sock monkeys or I use them for stuffing my own pillow form. Looking forward to seeing some more creative ideas though x

MLin said...

I do what Nina Marie does... have been for years. Usually make baby quilts with the scraps. I zig zag also and cut the excess close. Can't tell at all, especially once it is washed. I use only cotton Warm and Natural Cotton batting; no idea how this works with poly/poly blends. Good luck with the challenge!

MLin said...

I do what Nina Marie does... have been for years. Usually make baby quilts with the scraps. I zig zag also and cut the excess close. Can't tell at all, especially once it is washed. I use only cotton Warm and Natural Cotton batting; no idea how this works with poly/poly blends. Good luck with the challenge!

Natalie said...

Dana - My next batting scrap challenge project will definitely involve using it as a stuffing. I haven't tried it yet so I am glad to hear it works.

MLin - How does the batting sew when you piece it like that? I would think it would be harder to quilt over. What about washing? Have you noticed any differences there? I would think that the thread connecting the batting pieces would shrink funny in the wash.

Thanks to both of you for stopping by! Are you going to join the challenge?