I was half way done when I thought to take these pictures!
Here is the offending patch.
Trim close to the stitching line without cutting the stitching.
Nice tight tweezers help a lot. I am surprised I found mine!
It is just as easy if this is a piece of fabric. I have done that too! LOL.
Here is the batting pulled out from under that center section.
With all the batting removed you can roll up the large piece of batting and run it over the stitching lines like you are scrubbing a pot.
It will pick up a lot of the lint on there.
And I did it without cutting a single thread!