Choosing a wadding
There is a wide variety of Quilt wadding/batting on the market today. Like everything else, the variety can get overwhelming and very confusing. I will break down some of the differences so that you can pick the best Quilt wadding/batting for your patchwork quilt or wall hanging quilt.
Quilt Wadding’s have a different drape and give the finished quilt a different feel and look.
The wadding we stock are Australian Made and owned.
Your finished quilt’s appearance, drape, softness, and comfort are all directly related to the wadding you use in the middle.
Wadding – Sometimes called batting or stuffing, this is the layer in the center of the quilt sandwich.
Wadding Fiber –can be cotton, polyester, silk, wool, bamboo or blends of the names mentioned. Example poly/wool
Loft – Describes the Height of Quilt Wadding . Higher loft the thicker the quilt finish and lower loft thinner quilt finish. When working with high-loft waddings, the quilting lines will be more apparent and the quilt will “puff out” more. Low-loft batting is a good choice for a flatter finish, where you want to show off the piecing more than the actual quilting lines.
Scrim – Most batting’s have a Scrim. The scrim is fine light weight non-woven fabric that the fibers are needle punched into. Waddings that contain scrim are generally more stable and have less stretch than those without scrim. The scrim locks in fibers to prevent bearding/piling (wadding pulling through the quilts) . The Scrim gives the batting strength and firmness. Excellent for quilting and keeping your quilts in shape.
Colour – most wadding is off-white in colour, there is a bleached white wadding and a black wadding
Fusible waddings – these have a glue-like resin on the back and front, and when heated with an iron, will stick to your quilt top and backing, in other words basting your quilt sandwich. This is great for smaller projects you wish to quilt yourself
Insulated waddings – the heat-proof qualities for these make them ideal for place mats, oven gloves, pot holders, ironing board covers – anywhere where you need protection from a heat source. If you use a piece of cotton wadding either side of the insulated piece, you increase the protection even more
Beading – The migration of fibers from the wadding passing through the quilt top and forming a fuzz on the surface of the quilt, thought to be caused by static electricity. Most often associated with cheaper polyester waddings, beading can also happen with cotton, wool and silk. Choose a wadding with scrim will help to over come this problem.
First ask yourself a few questions
Who will be receiving the quilt ? ……. Baby, adult, child.
Where do they live ? …….. Hot or Cold climate.
Is it a wall hanger or quilt for a bed? ……. Wall a flat quilt, bed higher thickness
Do you like high loft or low loft?…… thick or thin
Fiber you may prefer ?……. Man made or natural
Costing you would like to spend?….. Budget price is a factor
I am more then Happy to help with choosing a wadding …