Wadding Woes

I’ve had a ‘hrumph’ moment this morning! As with most of these moments I do (eventually) have to take (much) of the responsibility for the cause. I’m finally getting on with the I-Spy quilt I started making last month – you know, the one of which I so confidently said there would be a tutorial…  In the pipeline, in the pipeline…

img_2247Anyway back to the ‘hrumph’. As the quilt is intended for a child’s play quilt I decided to use 100% polyester wadding. On opening the packaging I found the outer layers of the wadding had become really badly distorted. Not having a tumble dryer, I decided to hang the pieces I cut on the washing line and hope the damp air and light breeze might help to open out the fibres and smooth out the bumps. Two hours later, I’m not convinced the really bumpy piece will ever lie flat enough to be used in a quilt.


Lumpy, bumpy wadding on the washing line

So, some lessons:

  • Unpack wadding from it’s packaging as soon as purchased  and store flat or in a much looser roll (but don’t shake it out near to son’s Airfix models – a Lancaster Bomber took a nosedive off it’s shelf this morning -oops, I have sent an apologetic e-mail to Son)
  • Purchase more expensive, better quality wadding – my favourite polyester wadding is made by Quilters Dream but it’s not so easy to find in the UK.
  • Buy wadding on larger rolls rather than in small packs – again unroll and re-roll checking that the centre is not creased and lumpy.

If you have any more advice on how to overcome wadding woes please do share in a comment. Thank you!


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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2 Responses to Wadding Woes

  1. Hope says:

    Hmm. I haven’t used polyester wadding for quite some time, but for other wadding I steam it, hovering just above the surface with my steam iron, when there are stubborn creases. Not sure what that would do to polyester though. 😉

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