By: Xenia E. Cord
Kit quilts played an important role in the resurgence of quiltmaking during the Colonial Revival movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Commercially produced, media-promoted kits redirected the focus of quiltmaking from a community-based folk group process to a professionally created product stressing surface design. That perceptual change created a popular market, resulting in a flood of replicated quilt designs.
An analysis of catalogs and kits reveals some of the complex and obscure relationships among companies marketing quiltmaking components in inexpensive,