After my first post on the QuiltStorm project, I got many helpful suggestions on what I can use for scrap or salvage batting. So, since I was running early for my guild meeting last week, and since “The Bins” (which I talked about a few weeks ago) is close to where we meet, I decided to poke around and see what I could find. I left with about 27 pounds of (mostly) batting surrogates, and some serious curiosity to find out what is going to work as batting, and what isn’t.
The haul included:
- A thin wool blanket. Perfect!
- Two fleece blankets. Rather small. I may have to custom design some of the quilts around available scrap batting sizes.
- An open-weave throw blanket, probably acrylic. Well, maybe it will work....
- Two large flannel sheets. I’ll use these as batt instead of backing, because they are unattractive and slightly discolored.
- One “101 Dalmatians” flannel sheet. Total batt.
- Large Commercial child’s quilt, sports theme. I’ll probably cut this one in half, and use it as batting for two StormQuilts, which are only going to be lap-sized.
- One mattress cover. I’ve used a mattress cover as batting before; it was heavy but effective.
- One very large, heavy sheet. This is slightly discolored, too, so I will fold it double and try it as a batt.
Oh, there was also one other thing. A Linus Quilt. It’s very simple and a little slapdash, but still in very good shape. I’m not sure why I grabbed it; I think I had an irrational reaction against seeing it in there among all of the castoffs. Stupid me; I took it away from where it might have been picked up by someone who needed a nice baby quilt. Any suggestions for what I should do with it now?
Meanwhile, the first five StormQuilts are in some stage of assembly. What I’ve done is pick out and order the strips for each quilt, then sew them together in pairs. After I press down the seams, I sew pairs of pairs together, but also start on the new quilt. So for instance, in the coming round I will put together
- 14 pairs on SQ5 ("StormQuilt #5," that is)
- 7 chunks that are 4 strips wide on SQ4
- 3 chunks that are 8 strips wide (with one 4-strip chunk left over) on SQ3
- and two halves of SQ2
- and, I’ll put in the last seam to finish the face of SQ1.
As you’d probably expect, they all look pretty scrappy and scruffy, but basically pretty good as well. I’ll get you some photos soon.