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Green Quilts: It's GOOD to be Green

Mountain Mist®, the manufacturer of plant based EcoCraft™ fiber quilt batting products, partnered with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum to sponsor the "Crafting a Better Planet" quilt competition. Contemporary quilts displaying planet-friendly themes are part of a exhibition that opened Friday, September 5, 2008 at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, a building designed to be ecologically sustainable.

The quilts of the competition finalists are complemented by antique quilts from the museum's collection which show examples of Mountain Mist quilting patterns widely used during the first half of the twentieth century.

Entrants were required to use all-natural materials in the construction of the quilts. Entry themes ranged in perspective from universal (Susan Shie's "Potluck/The World: Healing on a common Ground") to personal ("Small Things Make a Difference" by Shelly Burge). Three winners were selected by a jury panel and were recognized at the public opening reception at the museum. The top three quilts and artists are: "City Bikes Two" by Marta Amundson of Riverton, Wyoming; "Small Things Make a Difference" by Shelly Burge of Lincoln, Nebraska; and "Kirei" by Ginnie Hebert of Puyallup, Washington.

Mountain Mist®, a division of Polyester Fibers, LLC, is the original inventor of commercial filler products and has supplied the quilting and craft trade since 1846. The well-known Mountain Mist® Quilt patterns were developed mostly during the 1930's and 1940's, and are known for traditional appliqué, pieced motifs and intricate quilting. Originally the patterns were found printed on the inside paper wrapper of the company's all-cotton batting. At one time there were 130 Mountain Mist® patterns in print, many of which remain available today. Unlike recently used petroleum based polyester batting, the new batting is made from Ingeo™ fiber, generically known as polylactide (PLA), which comes from fermentable sugars found in plants. For more information on Mountain Mist® & EcoCraft™, please click here.

The new home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum was designed by the New York firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects working with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Omaha, Nebraska. It was the first building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus designed to meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The environmentally sustainable structure houses the Center's world class collection of more than 2300 quilts. For more information about the International Quilt Study Center visit www.quiltstudy.org or call 402-472-6549.

The Winning Quilts

The Finalists

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is an academic program of the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. For information on this and other programs, log on to www.unl.edu.

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