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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Product Review: Katahdin Premium Batting and Batting Seam Tape

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 :) 



  1. How hard is it to hand quilt through the batting seam tape? That would be the deciding factor for me.

  2. My mentor uses that batting tape. She likes it. It's good to know it's around when you have to whip up a project and can't get to the store (or when the quilt turns out an odd size.

  3. That is one area I have never gone up to, just in the areas below it.
    Interesting to think of batting being made there.


  4. I LOVE batting seam tape, but I don't know what brand I use 'cause I just keep the rolls. I saw it mentioned on a blog a couple years ago.

    I've used almost all of my batting scraps since then.

  5. I've been wondering about the batting seam tape. Saw some in Paducah, but I wondered if it worked well after quilting. It would be great to be able to use the left over pieces of batting.

  6. Great I am educated!!!

  7. Using the batting tape would be easier than doing what I do which is butt the batting fragments and zigzag them together. That works, but the tape would be faster. And we all need more time. Thanks for the reviews.

  8. I've heard of the batting, but never heard if anyone liked it~ your tester reviews are a great help! Thanks!

  9. This is the first time I have even heard of that batting. I may have seen it and overlooked it because I didn't know what it was. Thank you for the education!

  10. I'll have to try that batting - it sounds wonderful!

  11. I'm very interested in the batting seam tape. How does it hold up after repeated washings?


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