Have you ever used Bosal's Katahdin Batting (Made in the USA). I remember the first time I saw the name I figured it must mean something but I didn't know...nor did I know how to pronounce Katahdin. It is pronounced, "kuh-TAH-din." Now we can all act ed-u-ma-cated :)
This is what the packaging says,
"At the Northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail stands Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in the State of Main. IN the native Penobscot Indian language "katahdin" means "The Greatest Mountain". Like Mount Katahdin, we believe you will find our Katahdin Premium Batting to be the greatest, highest quality quilt batting available today."
Below is a sample of hand quilting using Bosal Katahdin Premium Cotton Batting 3oz Summer weight.
Hand quilting done by none other than the IHAN East Coast Head of Operations and "Master Hand Quilter", Mary Jane. She whipped this up as a sample / trial run. MJ is going to be doing a whole cloth quilt soon and she wanted to make a sample block before she selected her batting.
I asked MJ how she liked working with Katahdin Batting and this was her reply, "It needled very nicely and was soft. It holds the design well and had a consistent, even, smooth texture and it has no voids. I really like it"
I asked another trusted and experienced quilter, Madalene Murphy (she writes one of my favorite blogs- Working Wall to also write a review for Katahdin Premium Batting because I know she uses it. This is what she wrote,
"I have a new favorite batting. I just finished my third machine quilted wall hanging with Katahdin summer weight--their lightest weight batting--and it is now my batting of choice. Because it has no scrim, it is extremely soft so that the quilt drapes beautifully and it is very easy to sew through. But whatever kind of needlepunching they do to make the cotton hold together, they have found the secret of making a product that holds its shape and that I love to work with. I will also be using the autumn weight--slightly heavier--in some projects, but I will definitely keep a good supply of summer on hand."Madalene Axford Murphy
It sure is good to know some talented and experienced quilters when I need a review for a product that I personally don't feel I can review with confidence. I don't have near the experience Mary Jane and Madalene have and they are women I trust when it comes to honesty and being forthright. (Can you imagine how I managed to attract these ladies? giggles)
Katahdin Summer 3oz Premium Batting is Lightweight, 100% Organic Natural Cotton Batting Ideal Weight for hand quilting but stable enough for Machine Quilting.
Katahdin Autumn is a Premium Midweight 100% Organic Cotton Batting Ideal for Machine Quilting and Crafts.
Katahdin Winter is a Midweight 100% Polyester Micro-Denier Batting Ideal for Machine Quilting and Crafts.
Katahdin Peemium Batting is available at IHAN in the following sizes: 45" x 60", "72 x 90", "90 x 96", and "108 x 90" and by the roll, 90 inches X 30 yards.
While discussing Batting....I think I'll also tell you about Bosal's Batting Seam Tape. It is the only Batting Tape I'll use. I love the weight of it and I have found it very easy to work with.
Waldo and I are working on a quilt as you go project for charity. The batting needed to be cut 10" x 10" so this gave us an opportunity to use up scraps of batting we had.
You can see in the photo how nice the Batting Seam Tape works and you'd never know it was there once you cover it with fabric! So, there's another tip for ya :)