If you are pressing quilt blocks you want a hard surface not a soft one. The fabric will sink into the pad and cause distortion. Sure not much but enough to make a big difference when the blocks are put together. A solid wood board with a thin layer of cotton batting and a heavy cotton fabric like canvas over that. It was easy to make a 16" square one and keep it on my ironing board. DH made me a big board which I love and I found the Steady Betty and I'm in ironing heaven. LOL.