Blue Books

Because one didn’t know what pattern was inside the batting roll, Stearns & Foster sold the Mountain Mist quilt patterns by mail order as well. Each wrapper had an order coupon printed on it so, for a few cents, a quiltmaker could purchase any pattern that suited her.

The Mountain Mist Blue Books included a list of the patterns available and quiltmaking advice from Phoebe Edwards.

Customers sent payment in coins or stamps and received the pattern in a distinctive envelope a few days later.

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