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Quilt Batting Size Chart

This is one of those things I have to keep looking up over and over again for myself. I made my own little chart and diagram based on Quilter’s Dream batting sizes since that’s what my local quilting shop sells.

Other brands might be slightly different sizes but this should get you in the ballpark.

You will want your quilt top to be a little bit smaller than your batting. You’d rather cut off extra batting around the edge than cut off extra quilt top around the edge.

Quilt Batting Size Chart via Carrie Actually

The luxury in sewing slowly

The luxury in sewing slowly

Last night I wanted to sew while Luke was in his room and supposed to be sleeping (but he wasn’t). I wanted to keep it quiet so he’d be less interested in what I was doing so I turned the speed on my sewing machine down to it’s slowest setting. And then a memory popped into my head of the very first day I got this sewing machine.

My local quilt shop was having a huge one day sale on sewing machines so I could get a great price on exactly the one I had my eye on. The needle timing had gone off on my old Singer Touch and Sew that I got from my grandmother and getting it fixed was going to cost more than the whole thing was worth if it was working, so a replacement was the obvious choice. My husband had to work the same hours as the sale so I rounded up my dad to help with the heavy lifting because I was very pregnant and not up for wielding a heavy box or a bulky box much less a heavy and bulky box.

My dad wanted to make sure I got it set up and working in case I needed help taking it back to the store. I started sewing. On the slowest setting.

My dad asked me why I didn’t just turn up the speed and I said I didn’t feel the need to go any faster. And my dad said something like, “you’d sew as fast as you could all the time if you worked in a sweat shop.”

I’m pretty grateful I don’t work in a sweat shop. I think my dad is pretty grateful I don’t have to work in a sweat shop.

Sewing slowly is a privledge.

I’m chronically behind on any sort of stitch-a-long or quilt-a-long I’ve ever tried to participate in. On a good day I do maybe an hour and a half of sewing. I haven’t finished any major project in the year and a half since my son was born. But I’ve started plenty of new ones.

And that’s ok.

It’s a luxury that I don’t have to sew as fast as I can 8 hours a day or more to make a living for my family. It’s a luxury that I can make clothes for them if I so desire but I absolutely don’t have to.

Slow sewing and “being behind” reminds me that I’m sewing for pure pleasure.

the luxury in sewing slowly

Patchwork piecing with a quarter inch seam allowance

When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know that patchwork quilt patterns were designed to be sewn with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I used what had, up to that point, been my sewing standard of a 3/8 inch seam allowance which meant that my quilt came out smaller than I anticipated.


An accurate and consistent seam allowance may seem tedious at first, but as you get further along with your quilt top and start connecting those rows to each other into blocks, it’ll mean that it’s easier to line up your points (those spots where multiple patches come together at the corners).

There are a couple options for keeping your seam allowance consistent:

  • Marking a 1/4 inch seam allowance on your machine
  • Using a 1/4 patchwork foot

Marking a 1/4 seam allowance on your machine


Right this very moment, you can grab a ruler and some masking tape (I keep a roll of washi tape in with my sewing supplies) and mark a 1/4 inch seam allowance on your machine.


A quarter inch on my machine lands on the feed dogs (those little metal teeth that help pull your fabric through)  so putting that masking tape on where it won’t get in the way of sewing is tricky. My tape isn’t quite straight but it’s better than nothing.

Using a 1/4 inch patchwork foot


My preference is to use a special foot on my machine. I’m currently using a Bernina machine with a #57 foot which is described as a “patchwork foot with guide”. For my old Singer, I had a generic patchwork foot with the guide that I found by asking about it at my local fabric store.


With the patchwork foot with guide, you just pop your fabric in so that the right side of the fabric touches the left side of the guide and you sew.


No backstitching needed when you’re sewing all those patches together. I didn’t know that when I made my first quilt and backstitching had been another one of those things I was so into the habit of doing by default.


Since you’re not backstitching, you can chain piece. As you finish sewing one pair of patches together, just pop in your next pair and keep going. When you’ve got a bunch done, go back and cut the thread between each pair. I find a small pair of embroidery scissors is easier to use here than a big pair of fabric sheers.