Sewing right onto the cotton batting
This is a new project for me. Judy asked for a casserole caddy for her “Blitzen” event on November 7. (A casserole caddy is a quilted “envelope” of sorts for carrying a hot casserole to an event). I volunteered. She handed me an all-in-one package that included instructions and a large piece of cotton batting. It is called a “Quilt as You Go” pattern; sew by number, made by June Tailor, based in Richfield, Wisconsin. You sew your pieces directly onto the cotton batting, eliminating some of the problems you have when making a quilt top and laying it on batting and backing; it can shift when you sew it.
I laid the pieces on the batting in the numbered areas, and adjusted them to my liking. Advice: Take a photo of the layout so when you begin sewing, you put them back where you liked them.
I laid the first square on the #1 position on the printed cotton batting, with the 2nd square on top, right sides together. I stitched the 1/4 inch seam and finger pressed the seam, as instructed. This was done instead of pressing so that the cotton batting did not distort. See my progress below in the photo! I’m sewing on a longer strip now. Pin lightly; just through the batting. Advice: Use a walking foot!