Excess batting - more fabric scraps - trimmings from all those charity quilts

I finished trimming all 120 quilts on Saturday afternoon.  

But in all that trimming, I've come up with a LOT of scraps.  This is what I've got now.

 These bags are filled pretty much to capacity. I felt like with each one if I kept pushing batting down into them that they would soon burst at the seams.  There are 4 large 120 liter bags and one smaller one (the green one) and a huge zipper storage bag of fabric cut offs.

These bags are filled pretty much to capacity. I felt like with each one if I kept pushing batting down into them that they would soon burst at the seams.  There are 4 large 120 liter bags and one smaller one (the green one) and a huge zipper storage bag of fabric cut offs.

I have batting scraps and fabric cut offs.

The fabric cut offs are of two types - usable and kindling.

The kindling pieces are mostly the very edges - the selvages - with no names on them since they don't do that here in Poland and these are almost all Polish cottons which I'm using as backings. For the most part these aren't shown here as I've already sent them downstairs to be burned.

 Ignore what the bags have written on them. They are the ones that they give me when I put out recycling. The problem is, For example, I put out 5 bags of plastic and they give me back 2 bags for plastic, 2 for paper and one for glass!  We never put out paper since we burn it all - and glass goes out only once in a great while since we don't actually use that much glass - and I tend to reuise a lot of the jars I get. This green one is for "glass".  Can you imagine how heavy a bag like this would be if it were full of glass?  Funny.

Ignore what the bags have written on them. They are the ones that they give me when I put out recycling. The problem is, For example, I put out 5 bags of plastic and they give me back 2 bags for plastic, 2 for paper and one for glass!  We never put out paper since we burn it all - and glass goes out only once in a great while since we don't actually use that much glass - and I tend to reuise a lot of the jars I get. This green one is for "glass".  Can you imagine how heavy a bag like this would be if it were full of glass?  Funny.

The larger cut off pieces are all in a bag - and I will be cutting them down into strips for use in my 2" and 2.5" strip quilts which I hope to begin again with a vengeance!  I've got a lot of bottled up energy - eager to get to them again.  I had hoped to be able to do some along with the charity quilts but I've just not been able to do it all.

It's a matter of focus, really. I wanted/needed to get those charity quilts done - and out of the house by mid March and earlier if possible so I could use these cool winter days to work on some of my own personal projects.  

And the batting...what to do with it?

For now I will take the bags over to church and store them until I either come up with a use for them or find someone who can use them. I was able to give away several bags of it this past week to someone who is making pillows and some pet beds to sell.

However,  I would like to make at least one biscuit quilt. And maybe some more rag quilts.  We'll see. I know that rag quilts work best with flannel but I have almost no flannel - though i do have some I could use. Maybe I could really go crazy and make a denim rag quilt!  That would look cool! Cutting it would be tiring on the hands though.

So here are some ideas for using that excess batting.  If you have more ideas for me, be sure to to put them in the comments:

  • Give it away for someone to use in crafts or animal beds
  • Use it for pillows
  • Make rag quilts
  • Make biscuit/puff qulits
  • Throw it away (We have a dumpster - it would fit!)

Any more ideas?  Please let me know what you think.  I'm not into making tiny pincushions or or little crafty things like that though I'm not opposed to giving it to people who do - if you happen to be reading this and live nearby and want it, just let me know.  I keep creating more batting scraps. It's all poly, by the way.

But that's it for now. I'm itching to try a biscuit quilt - I may save back a bit of this batting to try with it - as for now it's all going to the church building to store til I find someone who can use it - either someone I know, a person who responds to an ad of sorts, or me. We'll see.



If you need something for your own projects, be sure to check out what my sis has for you over in the store!



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