I have used all kinds of batting and wadding. However, my preferred choice is 40/60 polywool batting such as Matilda’s Own and Minijumbuk Nu Wool wadding. I use it in both bed quilts and textile art whether I am hand stitching or machine quilting. The qualities I appreciate include:
- it is pre-shrunk with little residual shrinkage;
- it is machine washable – an absolute must for baby quilts!
- it is non-allergenic;
- it has great loft but compresses beautifully with intense stitching;
- creases and folds drop out – especially important for works that get squished on tour or in storage;
- it is readily available at my local quilt shop;
- it is Australian-made thus supporting the rural economy; and
- there is little wastage as offcuts can be butted together and joined with a wide zig-zag stitch.
I keep a bag of offcuts. By consistently using the same kind of batting, all the offcuts can be stored together:
Periodically, I have a joining session. The join is imperceptible when quilted:
And now I am quilting. Come back later!