When choosing your wadding (batting, for our American friends) it is important to consider whether or not you need a specialist wadding and whether it is going to be machine quilted or hand quilted. Specialist waddings include insulated wadding, fusible wadding, white wadding and black wadding. Our most popluar wadding for machine quilting is Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Cotton Blend because it offers more loft and less weight than traditional cotton battings. It is made with 80% natural cotton & 20% fine polyester, is needle punched and spray bonded to provide exceptional strength and durability, has shrinkage of 3-5%, and may be quilted up to 4” apart. This wadding is available from Quilters Quest in cream in 96" or 120" widths, and in black in 108" wide.
To work out how much wadding / batting you need we recommend adding 6" to the final measurements of your quilt - for example, if your quilt measures 60" x 82", we recommend your wadding piece should measure at least 66" x 88" - those extra few inches will allow you to put the layers together more easily and for any shrinkage during the quilting process. It is always better to have too much than too little wadding!