Book Review – Mountain Mist Historical Quilts + giveaway

188I90576  419705 20 Book Review   Mountain Mist Historical Quilts + giveawayI have always been intrigued with antique quilts and am fortunate to own two of them that have been passed down through my family. Each one has a story to tell, and while I never had the opportunity to meet my ancestors who made them, I feel a connection to them through these quilts.

Looking through the Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 mid-century quilts made new book by Linda Pumphrey connects us with quilts from another generation and brings them into the present with a modern remake. Each of the 14 quilts included was each selected for its charming history and appeal to both traditional and modern quilters. The designs are perfect for all skill levels and come with PDF templates to print and reprint from a CD-rom.

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I asked Linda to share a little bit about herself: “I first became aware of the Mountain Mist patterns and quilt collection in 1989 when I joined the sales team of Stearns Technical Textiles Company. I had the delight in sharing the quilts in presentations to the public and hearing and seeing how much these designs spoke to them.

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In 1995, Meri Kay Waldvogel, noted quilt historian, was researching the start of the collection and the individuals that helped design the various patterns. She peaked my interest to continue to add to her research from internal facts known by co-worker and company documents.

Mountain Mist Historical Quilts is a great way to share the beautiful patterns and preserve their stories.

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I love to quilt and design. You could say my life is about quilting. I am currently employed by Fibrix, as the Executive Account Manager for the Mountain Mist brand. Also, I have the pleasure to serve on several Non-Profit National and International Boards of Directors—my way of giving back to the industry that has supported my career.

Red & White is my second book and will be available September 2017. This book has 40 block designs that mix and match to create 14 projects. Quilts used as inspiration for Red & White are from the International Quilts Study Center & Museum collection. Like the Mountain Mist Historical Quilts, portions of the royalties go to support IQSCM. The design of this book is my original graphic design.”

Do you have any antique family quilts in your collection? What speaks to you about the quilts our ancestors made and how quilting has changed over the years? Leave us a comment and we’ll randomly select one winner on August 18th to receive a copy of Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 mid-century quilts made new.

Congratulations Nancy A. We’ve randomly selected your name to receive a copy of the book.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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73 Responses to Book Review – Mountain Mist Historical Quilts + giveaway

  1. Donna says:

    I have two quilts that my grandma made out of fortrel. One quilt is the trip around the world. The quilts were hand quilted. Grandma subscribed to many quilt magazines and I loved looking through them.

  2. LaVerne Mullane says:

    I have no vintage quilts but hope that I am the ancestor that leaves some quilts that become vintage.

  3. LaVerne Mullane says:

    I have no vintage quilts but am hoping that I will be the ancestor that leaves some quilts behind.

  4. Darlene S says:

    I have a baby quilt top made by the grandmother who died before she knew she would ever be a grandma. I cherish this quilt top made from feed sack material….. it even has the holes where the feed sacks were sewn closed. I am torn between finishing it or leaving it as is.

  5. Sandra Keith says:

    I have an antique quilt that had been my mothers. Her great aunt had given it to her. It is something I treasure.

  6. Pam S. says:

    I have several quilts my mother made and her Original Mountain Mist patterns that she used. I love them.

  7. Laura Gullickson says:

    We have 2 quilts. One, grandma made about 30 years ago with flour/feed sacks her mother saved. The other is a quilt great grandmother had grandpa start a quilt when he was home sick around 1930. Grandma finished it in the 1990s. She was able to find almost identical fabric to add some borders.

  8. Cynthia Wilbanks says:

    We have no vintage quilts in our family. My mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother and myself are all quilters. They have all made several quilts – I, just a few. My greatest achievement, and what I hope will be a family treasure, is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden which I hand-stitched and am getting ready to hand-quilt. This will go to my oldest daughter. I’ve designed my youngest daughter’s hexagon quilt & all the grandchildren’s quilts are either in the process of being made or designed. Yes, they ALL will be hexagons!

  9. Angela Bowling says:

    We have several vintage quilts that were passed down to us and the most notable one is the one we call the Swastika quilt. It is a white quilt with maroon Swastika designs on it. It is beautifully hand quilted in a semi circle design. When we were having coming over, we always covered this quilt so that no one would think that we were Nazis. Not everyone knows that this logo was a sign for good luck at one time.

  10. Mara says:

    I have had the honor to help a neighbor finish 5 of 6 quilt tops they found in her mothers attic. When you layout the quilts you can see the progression of each quilt and the order in which they were most likely made. All quilts were made using 1930 feed sacks, every scrap was used. My neighbor remembers her grandmother quilting. During the process of finishing these tops I cherished every moment I spent; marveling at the workmanship, the hours, the people who helped create these heirlooms (although they did not view them as such, they were most likely utilitarian). I truly appreciate their work. We created story labels for each quilt. The family now displays these quilts in their home, rotating each one monthly.

  11. Ola Norman says:

    I have a quilt my grandmother handpieced for me and my mother quilted it.

  12. Rosemary Allen says:

    I don’t have any antique quilts. I have a quilt top that a friend gave me made of older fabrics that I hope to add borders and finish.

  13. Genevieve Caswell says:

    I do not have a antique quilt from my family, but I was give one from my best friends mother. It was made by her aunt over 70 years ago and it means the world to me. Mom might not have been my mother but she loved me just like I was and showed me by giving me this beautiful prized possession from her favorite aunt. It is a all hand stitched applique’ flower blocks that were made from her whole families worn clothing. It hangs in my quilt room, so I can look at it everyday and remember my second mom with love and affection.

  14. Barb K. says:

    I have an antique quilt that belonged to my Great Grandfather (who served in the Civil War). The story is that his mother made it for him when he was young, so the quilt is very old. It is not in very good condition, but I have a picture of him holding it on his lap when he was elderly–it is a variation of a star design. I have thought of trying to make one similar to it–may try sometime!

  15. Susan Clarkson says:

    Both of my grandmothers were quilters as was my mother. I guess I inherited my love of quilting from them.

  16. MH Harmon says:

    I have 2 quilts that my grandmother made at least 60 years ago. One of them, a Grandma’s Flower Garden, inspired me to learn to quilt!

  17. Jean says:

    I grew up in an old farmhouse with unheated bedrooms. We would pile on the quilts to keep warm. They had been made by my grandmother, great grandmother or great aunts and served their purpose well. Most of them have not survived but I am lucky enough to have a couple of the less tattered ones. They weren’t fancy but they were still beautiful.

  18. Ann K says:

    Growing up my mother had 2 quilts made by her mother and grandmother that she used on her bed. One was a double wedding ring and the other was of no discernible pattern; both were quite scrappy. Sometimes Mother would look at a square and exclaim, “I remember a pair of shorts (or a dress) Grandma made for me out of this fabric.” I thought both quilts were beautiful and looked forward to inheriting them. Alas, Mother threw them both away as they had become frayed with constant use. Mother sewed beautifully but never quilted. She taught me to sew. About 4 years ago I got an opportunity to learn to piece quilt tops. I’ve been piecing ever since. Maybe someday I’ll learn to quilt, too. I am fondest of old fashioned fabrics and patterns and especially love scrappy quilts.

  19. Linda Kay Collum says:

    I don’t have any antique quilts, but I can remember some on various beds as I was growing up. Specifically, there was an orange peel quilt with the ‘peels’ made of various navy background calicoes and a white background. That memory has stayed with me and, when it was time to put quilts on beds in my home, I decided that the only thing that would fit the bill was a real live cotton quilt. I’m addicted. Someone in my past made the quilts I remember, but I don’t know who. My aunt quilts, also, so it must be in our DNA somewhere!

  20. KrisL says:

    I am very lucky to have two beautiful blue and white quilts made by my maternal grandmother as a newlywed, about 1920. I also have several sets of blocks from my paternal grandmother made in the 1930′s-40′s. The excellent piecing, some hand and some machine, and the variety of designs tell me that they both wanted to create with what they had at hand. They didn’t have the resources we all have today, but they made quilts that seem even more beautiful and special because of it.

  21. jo says:

    I have 5 quilts that were made (and quilted by hand) by my grandmother about 70 years ago. Most of them have applique. A couple of them have been kept in pristine condition and the others show how well loved they have been over the years.

  22. Rosa says:

    No antique quilts.I’ m the first quilters in the family.The book looks great and the quilts fantastic.

  23. Marcia Lasiter says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to have. I would love to win this.

  24. Jayne P says:

    No antique quilts. Looks like I’ll have to be the first to start off my family collection

  25. Nancy Bowers says:

    As I look back on quilts that were in my family over the years, I find that in today’s world, we spend far more time planning and making our quilts than the earlier quilters. The ones passed down to me were basically just cutting and sewing squares together and then quilting stitches that were spaced far apart from each other. I feel like today’s quilters put a lot more time planning and exacting the pieces of fabric. I am proud of the older quilts but am glad that I am part of the “new quilters” on the block.

  26. june says:

    I so love old quilts. I love to learn the story behind them. The passion that the maker put into them. The receiver what joy they must have felt.
    It is also intriguing because they didn’t have all the equipment we have now and they had to be completely creative with what supplies they could afford.
    Every quilt tells a story dear to two people’s hearts.

  27. Beth K says:

    I have 2 quilts made by my grandmother and great-grandmother

  28. Nancy says:

    I have a quilt with hand colored (by my father) flower blocks copied from the newspaper onto flour sacks from the 1930′s.

  29. Barb L says:

    I have a beautiful cotton crazy quilt top that I got at an auction many years ago. But I love the old “paper” quilting patterns that I have from my mom. They had the holes in them so you could use chalk to transfer the pattern to the fabric.

  30. Melanie Eddy says:

    I have several quilts made by my grandmothers on both sides of my family, but the one that I treasure the most was pieced by my Great Grandma who died about 1912. Grandma had the blocks saved and put them together and quilted them in the 1970s. It has 5 generations of women that worked on the quilt. It is a very unusual pieced block that takes some skill to copy, because I have tried.

  31. Teri says:

    There was a red and white quilt my mother had but I never heard anything about it’s history and don’t know what happened to it.

  32. Valerie Thompson says:

    My mom has her baby quilt top that her great grandmother made for her. I used to look at it when I was a little girl and I marveled at the precision of the blocks and hand quilting such tiny stitches! That’s when I became hooked on quilting and I’ve loved antique quilts ever since. Hopefully my sister or I inherit it and not the boys haha. I have pictures of it so I can duplicate it some day. I’ve never seen the pattern or even know what it’s called hopefully some day I can find out. Thank you for the chance to win. Good luck everyone.

  33. Jade says:

    I own 2 antique quilts but unfortunately they are not from my own family, nor do I know much about their history and sure wish I did. They remind me to always label my quilts so my own family will know I made them and when and I hope they’ll treasure them. My grandmother was a quilter and died when I was very young. We all thought her quilts were “ugly” because they were all scrap quilts. How I would treasure one now, and certainly would have a whole different opinion now that I’ve become an avid quilter myself.

  34. Sarah V says:

    I’m blessed with inheriting three antique quilts, two doll quilts and seven tops. I can identify most of the makers going back to a great great grandmother and have their photos. I’ve handquilted three of the tops and rescued and hand quilted many other vintage UFOs. Although I love my rotary cutter and machine, I do all my quilting and appliqué by hand and about half my piecing. I’d rather spend my time sewing while enjoying my family than in a sewing room.

  35. Jill says:

    Two antique quilts, a Dresden plate made by my great grandmother, my grandmother and hand quilted by myself, I love how soft it is and the frugal use of fabrics. A crazy quilt lap made by my grandma when she was young, because it was required, she hated “fancy” work so the embroidery is not finished, the silks are crumbling. A gfg top not quilted, unsure of its origin, found in my aunts house after her passing.

  36. Carol Schon says:

    Unfortunately we do not have any quilts from our former generations. I do love looking at the older quilts and imagining who made them and what their lives were like. My plan is to leave quilts for my children and grandchildren and those quilts will become the antiques of the future. :-)

  37. Betty says:

    Every night I sleep under a quilt made by grandmother. This is a quilt made of a single fabric and has wool batting — not the thin wool batting used today but true batting that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.

  38. Louise King says:

    I have several antique quilts but my favorite is a sunbonnet Sue that was completely hand stitched by my grandmother. I lived with her for the first 11 years of my life and she is very special to me.

  39. Nancy Frey says:


    Two years ago when helping to downsize my mother-in-law’s possessions as she moved into assisted living, we discovered a beautiful appliquéd tulip quilt in her cedar chest. Nobody else in the family wanted it because it had a few small tears. It was going to be put on the throw-away pile!!! My mother-in-law (99 years old) said she believes her grandmother helped make it. I claimed it and am using it on a guest bed, I let our 7 grandchildren sleep under it, but only after explaining how old and valuable it is and point out the thousands of stitches that were sewn to make it. I absolutely treasure it.

  40. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    The oldest quilt I have is a 1962 butterfly design quilt from my grandmother plus it is hand quilted. I am so thankful we don’t have to cut pieces with a scissor like grandma did.

  41. Linda D says:

    I had rescued several quilts and some blocks when we cleaned out my mother’s house. It wasn’t until I sat one night and read her wedding album that I learned who several of them were from. The set of Butterfly blocks (which I just love but have been afraid to touch) are from my father’s grandmother – a strong woman who lived in the Ozark mountains. The bright colors of the wings against the black and white check of the body are timeless. As soon as I get up the courage to work on them (there is sashing with the blocks, so that is a first step) I will make a label with her picture on it, so future generations of the family will know just where the quilt came from.

  42. Maggie Woods says:

    There is no history of quilt making in my family, this became my hobby nearly 4 years ago when I retired from work & came to live in California.
    I am really intrigued when I come across on older quilt to know its history. I am too embarrassed to label my quilts because I don’t feel I have the skills to brag about in future years, hopefully my skills will grow with every stitch I make.
    I have done the right things…
    Joined a guild, joined informal quilting orientated groups, watched many hours of YouTube tutorial, & I sew with wonderful ladies . This is not just a hobby, it’s become a passion & my social life.

  43. Barbara Kahn says:

    An appliqued butterfly quilt with black buttonhole stitch by hand and a crazy quilt made with leftover apron and housedress fabric– machine pieced on her Domestic 1927 patented electric machine (my first )(which still have) by my Grandmother born in Sweden in 1874.

  44. Caren Miller says:

    Love looking at all of the old fabrics in Quilts

  45. Sandy says:

    I work 3-4 days per week, and my husband and I have an agreement that he spends Tue and We’d at the golf course so that I get to spend that time quilting. I am about to retire and hope that I will have more time to quilt! I have old quilt tops found in my late mother-in-law’s belongings, many UFOs, and current projects in process. Of course, all that backlog and the ideas for quilts running around my brain do not preclude wanting to see more things and wanting to start more projects! I love quilts, old and modern! I would love to have a chance receive this historical book!

  46. Angela J Short says:

    I love antique quilts. I have one my Grandmother made for my 11th birthday and another one that I’m not sure who made. I’m thankful for them both. I noticed that they have a lot of hand stitching. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  47. Arlene says:

    I received a quilt top from a friend who passed away, her husband gave me boxes of her quilting supplies not knowing what was in them, she hand stitched everything. It’s interesting to see the materials and patterns from 80 years ago.

  48. Janie M says:

    I collect antique quilts. I would love to make some of my own.

  49. Susan says:

    I love old quilts. I have a few and marvel at the craftsmanship of them. They were made without all the modern tools of today! The perfection of them continues to amaze me.

  50. Michelle JOHNSON says:

    I love antique quilts along with other handmade items women made for their families and home. They have a story to tell, although I will never know who made the 2 quilts I have collected, I feel a connection every time I take it out. Why those fabrics and shapes, what went into her creative process? One I rescued from a last chance table at a church sale for only 10.00. I see the work and rework and add on and felt the heavy wool inside. When I got it home I peeked throgh one of the many tears, I discovered that on the inside, right under the quilt top was another older quilt with faded reds and blues in a star pattern.

  51. Linda Haan says:

    Quilting gives me a wonderful feeling of connection to the past, especially since it has been practiced all over the world for centuries. And I love how block designs of the past are still made today–often in creative new ways.

  52. Susan Spiers says:

    No antique quilts at all! My sister and I have just newly found quilting & all the fun it brings! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  53. Rose Smith says:

    I am just a beginner, but quilting has brought me such peace and creativity!

  54. Debbie Standiford says:

    My father passed away just over 6 years ago. Before he died, he gave me a quilt top which was made for him by his maternal great grandmother. I was able to have the GMFG hand quilted and he was so pleased to see it almost finished. I hope to do the binding someday soon…the memories have been a little overwhelming. I am guessing the top is approx. 150 years old, as Dad was 79 when he died.

  55. Amy Caldwell(@seeamysew) says:

    I was blessed to receive an unfinished “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt top that both my great granny and grandmother had worked on together before they passed. It is about 3/4 complete. Mom also found another bag that had several blocks and the rest of the fabric to finish the top. All hand pieced, so I’m gonna hand piece the remainder and finish the quilt to pass down to one of my daughters.

  56. Kathie L says:

    I am privileged to have a signature quilt from my quilt made back in my grandmother’s day.

  57. Susan Chinouth says:

    My grandfather was an upholsterer in Chicago and with the satin’s left over the family made a crazy quilt with the colors red gold and hunter green. It was gifted by my mother to my oldest sister. I received my great grandmothers trunk where my old quilts are stored. I have some antique quilts that I purchased much cheaper than I would ever sell any of my own handmade ones. One of them has a feed sack backing and the front is postage stamp sized in red black and white.

  58. Dee Beers says:

    Was gifted with a couple of very old quilts, NOT cotton for sure and definitely in need of repair. But I love the look and feel of the older quilts for sure. You can just feel the love that went into every one. I hope one day my quilts inspire the same feelings.

  59. Nancy N says:

    I have quilts made by my mother’s mother and her mother (my Grand-mother and Great-Grandmother), and by my father’s mother. Alas, I am not sure which one made which, as they were all packed together in a trunk, and of course those generations did not label them. My favorites are a cheddar colored background Dresden Plate, a very scrappy bow-tie, and a strippy Flying Geese. When I first started quilting Mountain Mist batting was the only thing available. Loved their patterns on the packaging.

  60. Karen Addleman says:

    I inherited a lovely applique quilt from my husband’s family. I think the pattern is one of the mountain mist designs. I would love to get this book and learn more.

  61. Marlene Bonner says:

    My husband and I visited the museum the day these quilts were being hung for display last year so I only got a peek at a few. I hope to visit again this fall. The book is a lovely idea. And I look forward to the red and white my favorite combo.
    Blessings, mo Bonner

  62. Robin Powell says:

    One of my great-grandmothers quilted, but unfortunately none of her quilts are around today. My mother also quilts, but she started after I did! I’ve always been fascinated by the history behind antique quilts, maybe because I don’t have any.

  63. Nancy Green says:

    I LOVE vintage quilts!! My husband’s grandmother was a voracious quilter! She made a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren before she died. We have that quilt along with a few she made for his parents. I also have a couple of tops found in my grandmother’s cedar chest that I am in the process of finishing. Unfortunately the “between” generation did not quilt, but I picked it up again on this end.

  64. Emily C says:

    My mother and my grandmother sewed, but I am the first quilter. So, I don’t have any antique quilts.

  65. Christi says:

    I have several of my Grandmother’s quilts tat are almost 100 years old. I love the old patterns. Just finished the 1910 Red and White Vortex quilt for my wall. These ladies were amazing with skill and creativity.

  66. Joy P says:

    I don’t know that I would call it an antique, I have a quilt one of my great great aunt’s made in the 1970′s. Makes me laugh every time I look at it – half the fabrics are polyester knits and she straight lined machine quilted it without a walking foot, in some spots there are 1/4 inch or larger sized puckers in the quilting. Wouldn’t give it up for the world.

  67. Pauline Sawatsky says:

    I have a couple of quilts my mom made. I also have some old dresses and kerchiefs of my grandmother’s that I want to make into a quilt sometime-I haven’t found the right idea yet.

  68. Pat in WNY says:

    I am the first in my family to quilt, but I have purchased a couple tops from the 1940-1960s Era that I’m working on hand quilting. I do have some of my mom’s embroidered pictures from the 70s.

  69. barbara woods says:

    i have tops my mother in law made in the early 40th. and at least one quilt that she finished. it is so heavy because of the cotton they used at the time.

  70. Jean says:

    My aunts, now deceased found one of my grandmother’s unfinished quilt tops, that she sewed on the sewing machine, in the elongated Trip Around the World pattern., before she died in 1947. Their request was that I finish it with the enclosed pieces for our youngest granddaughter, which I did for her high school graduation. I had granddaughter pick out a backing for it.I had to figure out the size for the outside setting triangles, and I used white fabric that was enclosed in the box. No other antique quilts.

  71. Nancy A says:

    I have a few antique family quilts–I just don’t know the families that made them. I picked them up in antique stores and estate sales.

  72. Annette Ellis says:

    I love how antique quilts were pieced. Our ancestors were truly masters of the needle and thread. We are so fortunate to be able to sew on our machines. It is wonderful that you are showing the public how quilting has evolved.

  73. Carol W says:

    I am fortunate to have several quilts made by my grandmother.

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