By: Cuesta Benberry
Quilt lore is replete with stories of quilters who made and sold quilts individually, or who made quilts “on shares” with another person, or who made quilts or be sold in a variety of formal and informal arrangements. Primarily in twentieth century America, there came into being an organized group method of making and selling quilts – the quilt cottage industry. Cottage industries were so named were so named because mush of the work was done in the small homes or cottages of the workers. In the United States a tracing of the specific historical chronology of quilt cottage industries reveals that the concept was mainly a twentieth century one, with perhaps a few examples from the late nineteenth century.