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Inside the Wrapper: The True Tales of the Mountain Mist Quilt Patterns

The Stearns & Foster Company began making Mountain Mist, a brand of cotton batting, in the mid nineteenth century. In 1929, the company decided to provide a free quilt pattern on their wrappings as a way to attract new customers. Recently, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln created this online exhibition, Inside the Wrapper: The True Tales of the Mountain Mist Quilt Patterns. Here, visitors can view over 20 quilt patterns and learn more about how the Stearns & Foster Company marketed their products throughout the twentieth century. Among the quilts featured in the exhibition are an 1870 quilt pattern that likely inspired many of the Mountain Mist designs; two 1936 patterns based on the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill; and a 1943 pattern called "Wings Over All," created in honor of those serving in the military. This exhibition also features the Famous Women Friendship Quilt, the winning entry of a 1978 contest calling for a quilt "showing your choice of famous women and/or her accomplishments."
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