Well fudge. I was ironing my backing while it was laid out on top of the batting. I did this because I have a teeny tiny ironing board so it's way easier to just lie the quilt onto the floor for ironing, and the batting under it provides a nice surface.
Well, after I was done ironing I realized the batting was suspiciously compact, especially along one line where I was ironing a seam. I double-checked the instructions and sure enough, "do not use hot iron or steam." Shoot! It's Dream Puff, 100% polyester.
What should I do? It is it worth using it? Will it puff back up? And how the heck are you supposed to get out the folds and wrinkles with no ironing? I get that you don't normally iron batting directly, but I always iron my quilts. I could always chop this batting up for other projects and get a new one. Does this always happen with polyester? Aaack!
UPDATE: Yeah, so I totally ruined that batting. Now the question is, do I try polyester again and just don't iron anywhere near it, or should I do something else like wool or cotton? I still don't get how the batting won't melt when you're ironing the finished quilt if I use polyester.