In May 2011 I was finally fed-up with buying wadding by the meter and bought my first role of wadding. I posted a picture at the time on flickr and asked 'Have I finally gone over the edge?'
Luckily judging by the answers I hadn't and I was amongst many who economize in the same manner.
When I started quilting at first I bought pre-packaged wadding such as 'Hobbs Heirloom' but I was never happy with the stuff. It comes in what is called common sizes, such as crib, twin, queen and king but often my quilts are not necessary of common size and I end up with awkward leftover pieces. Although this wadding it of good quality, it comes tightly rolled and therefore takes forever to lie flat and it is expensive for what you get ( GBP 7 for a crib to about GBP 30 for a king size quilt).
Then I discovered that I could buy wadding by the meter at my local quilt shop Tikki. I chose 'Quilters Dream Select' which is a fantastic wadding, has medium loft, is super soft and is a 100 % cotton. Although this gave me much more flexibility I still wasn't happy because this wasn't inexpensive either with around GBP 6 per square meter.
If you want to sell quilts as I do you have to try and keep your costs low (Actually whether you sell or not, we all want to try and keep our costs low). Each of us know that we never get all the hours paid we spend making a quilt but that should not stop us trying to make it as cost effective as possible.
So eventually I bought my first roll of wadding for myself. The first one was bought at Creative Grid and the second one at my local quilt shop (via Creative Grid again). My now favorite wadding is the 30 yard role of Hobbs Heirloom Natural 100 % Cotton wadding with scrim 96" wide (more on this type in my next post). This is very similar to the QD in texture and quality but perhaps a little bit thinner.
The role costs 205 GBP and yes I know this is a lot of money to spend in one go but it really lasts forever and it is the most cost efficient way of buying. If you calculate the price per meter you end up with about GBP 3 which a lot less then the meter price you have to pay when you buy pre-cut or off the role. If your budget doesn't allow to spend this kind of money then another option is to share a role with a quilting friend (preferably one that lives local so you don't have to drag the beast far) and then the price looks a lot more agreeable and you still find that it will last forever.
This is now my second role and hopefully this will last another 2 years or so like the first did. I think I made close to 50 quilts with the first role and if you are familiar with my work then you will see that most are bigger sized quilts.
I will un-role half of it and make a second role and then both will fit (hopefully) under my bed or I put one half role into the loft.
I hope this was informative for you and I would be very interested to know on how you buy your wadding.