Your Questions About Quilt Wadding Answered
We just received a delivery of quilt wadding and thought it would be a good time to answer some common questions about our wadding that customers new to quilting often ask! If you ever have a question, feel free to get in touch.
What is wadding used for?
Wadding is the middle layer of a quilt. It's a soft, thick piece of material, usually made of cotton, polyester, wool, silk or a combination of fibres.
What is the difference between wadding and batting?
They are the same thing! The difference is regional. Americans more commonly call it batting and in the UK we usually use the word wadding.
What are the benefits of cotton wadding?
We currently only sell 100% cotton wadding, usually from Quilter's Dream in the United States. There are benefits of every type of wadding, but we found that this cotton wadding was the most popular with our customers.
We love 100% cotton wadding because cotton is a natural fibre, the wadding is made without scrim, glue or resin and the resulting wadding is very warm and soft with a beautiful drape.
How is cotton wadding made?
To make our Quilter's Dream cotton wadding the fibres are carded and then needle punched by machine - imagine the process of needle felting, but on a larger scale using thousands of needles. This process creates stable, durable, long-lasting wadding.
What is scrim?
Scrim is a thin layer of polypropylene sheeting that is needle punched into some types of adding. It isn't used in the Quilter's Dream cotton wadding we sell. The benefit of scrim is that it adds stability, which is great for quilts that are going to be quilted by a long-arm machine.
What size wadding should I get for my quilt?
Your backing fabric and wadding should generally be 6-8" bigger on each side than your quilt top. As you quilt, your presser foot will push your quilt top out a bit, so give yourself some wiggle room!
Can I join smaller pieces of wadding?
You can totally wadding scraps to make a big enough piece for your quilt. It won't show and no one will know. Line up your pieces - make sure they are as straight as possible, and either zig zag over the seam or use strips of interfacing and iron them over the seam like a big piece of tape.
Does wadding need to be pre-washed?
We don't recommend pre-washing your wadding. When they become wet, cotton waddings can stretch and even come apart.
How much will wadding shrink?
Shrinkage varies by fibre and brand. Our Quilter's Dream cotton wadding shrinks 1-3% and that's a good thing! It will give your quilt that lovely slightly crinkly look. If you want less crinkling, make sure you pre-wash your fabrics.
How far apart can I quilt my wadding?
Recommended quilting spacing varies by fibre and brand. Our Quilter's Dream cotton wadding can be quilted up to 8 inches apart, which gives you a lot of flexibility in your design!
What is bearding?
Bearding is when the fibres from your quilt wadding poke through the fabric and are visible on the outside of your quilt. Yikes! This is very unlikely to happen with our high quality cotton wadding. However, a common cause of bearding with cotton wadding is static.