Mountain Mist Batting Company has long been the standard of quality batting.
Founded in 1846, they offer a wide range of thicknesses and fiber in both cotton,
polyester and polyester/cotton blend quilt batting. Now, they have again met quilters'
needs. In 2002, "White Rose" and its sister "Cream Rose" Battings were offered by
Mountain Mist. A Paducah, KY focus group conducted a blind test comparing many cotton
batting products. The result was that an amazing three out of four hand quilters
preferring "White Rose" over any other! It was easier to needle through, yet
provided a thin, opaque, flexible batting. Isn't that what all of us want, ease
"White Rose" is a 100% cotton needle punched batting,
named after a previous Mountain Mist product. "White Rose" has no scrim, making
for easier needling by hand. It's not only a breeze to use for hand quilting;
machine quilters love it, too. It is doesn't stiffen when used for heavy, dense
stippling. It's opaque and so you can use a dark backing—nothing will show through.
While "White Rose" is bleached, washed and scoured;
"Cream Rose," is unbleached but does go through a washing process that removes
the oil that is found in cotton. This means that you won't have any stains
appearing later in your quilt from cottonseed oil.
Questions regarding the future of Mountain Mist and its
famous quilt collection have been circulating. Vickie Paulus, Marketing Director
and caretaker of the collection, explains: "Leggett & Platt, Inc., known for their
Buffalo Batt Division, recently bought Mountain Mist. The good news is that there
will be no changes in the product line, including three thicknesses of polyester
batting, and several cotton batts. And, we are keeping the famous Mountain Mist
quilt collection intact." This is great news for quilters everywhere, and especially
for Mountain Mist pattern collectors. Parts of that exceptional collection are used
as backdrops at quilt shows around the nation and greatly admired.
Eight quilts from the Mountain Mist Collection were seen
at "Quilts on Historic Main Street," in St. Charles, Mo. September 6, 2003, where
they were on loan for the day. Those quilts included "Sweet Pea" and "Daffodils,"
treasured appliqué patterns that were printed on the inner label of Mountain Mist's
packaging. The exhibit was extremely popular. Gwen Shepherd, of Mountaintop Quilt
Shop in Leadville, Colorado, who sells vintage fabric, quilts, and patterns, said,
"The best part of this exhibit is that it's a chance to see that fabulous quilting
When designing their packaging, Mountain Mist chose one
of their historic patterns,"Rose Tree." Look for "White Rose:" it will aid your
hand and machine quilting. Now you can replicate the "old" look without the drag
on your needle or the stiffness that results in heavy machine quilting.
©2003 Hallye Bone