Old Made New


“We shall emphasize the fact that ours … is the exact copy of a very old quilt.”

Stearns & Foster Company’s sales manager Frederick J. “Fritz” Hooker, traveled for weeks at a time throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana. He interviewed “old-time” quiltmakers and photographed or purchased their quilts with plans to offer quilt patterns to batting customers. The company’s designers took liberties with the patterns to align them with standard batting dimensions. They also assigned new names to old favorites.


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