Display highlights green museum, green quilts

Sep 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, September 11, 2008
Detail of quilt
GREEN QUILT – Detail of \"City Bikes Two\" by Marta Amundson of Riverton, Wyo.

Contemporary quilts display planet-friendly themes in “Crafting a Better Planet,” an exhibition open through Nov. 9 at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

The museum, which was designed to be ecologically sustainable, partnered with the manufacturer of the Mountain Mist corn fiber-based quilt batting product to sponsor the “Crafting a Better Planet” quilt competition. The display complements quilts of the competition finalists with antique quilts from the museum’s collection. The antique quilts feature examples of Mountain Mist patterns used during the first half of the 20th century.

Entrants were required to use all-natural materials in the construction of the quilts.

Three winners were selected by a jury panel. The top three quilts and artists are: “City Bikes Two” by Marta Amundson of Riverton, Wyo.; “Small Things Make a Difference” by Shelly Burge of Lincoln; and “Kirei” by Ginnie Hebert of Puyallup, Wash.

Mountain Mist, a division of Leggett and Platt, is the original inventor of commercial filler products and has supplied the quilting and craft trade since 1846. Mountain Mist Quilt patterns were developed mostly during the 1930s and 1940s, and are known for traditional applique, pieced motifs and intricate quilting. Originally the patterns were found printed on the inside paper wrapper of rolls of the company’s all-cotton batting. At one time, there were 130 Mountain Mist patterns in print, many of which remain available today.

For more information, go to www.quiltstudy.org.

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