Sorry i couldnt resist the pun!
Anyone else think this weather is a bit freakish?
I've finished my wadding trials.
There were 8 samples in all,
bought from the cotton patch
It wasnt strictly a precise exercise as I
also used it as a way to practice
machine patching and quilting.
On the whole I've got a good idea of my preference
regarding shrinkage and drape.
ps.colours were not chosen to be adored
especially the string block!
So here we go.
lemon meringue zigzag
Hobbs heirloom premium.
80% cotton 20% polyester
Wadding is 4mm thick
No shrinkage after washing.
Hobbs heirloom white
3mm and soft.
approx. 1/2" shrinkage
nice light weight drape.
Hobbs heirloom wool
10mm and semi/soft
gives a kind of poofy look after washing.
A bit delicate for everyday use.
Quilters cotton request
2mm and soft.
another light weighter.
(free hand quilting is tough!!!!)
green and black
10mm super soft!!
Maybe a tiny amount of shrinkage.
Really lovely for a special project,
but not for everyday use.
Hideous string block
Quilters dream blend
Quilters dream select
3mm and softer
Shrunk approx 1/4"
Remains quilt a bulky drape after washing,
nice traditional quilt feel.
pink bricks with terrible free hand hearts!!
Warm and natural
3mm and lumpy soft.
Shrunk a little.
Feels quite solid, after washing
All in all a good learning experience.
If you have never tried natural or a blend
before I highly recommend giving it ago.
I love the way the wadding grabs on to the fabric
which made pinning and quilting a lot easier.
Also the thought of machine quilting a large quilt
is less daunting now I've worked with these samples
as they are a dream to manoeuvre.
On the whole
I enjoyed sewing the first wadding best,
plus its a blend so the durabilty will be there.
But really, I think any of the cotton wadding would be fine.