Early 20th century quilt makers planning to make a quilt faced a daunting amount of tedious work before they could begin sewing. This included selecting fabrics, making templates, tracing around the templates, and cutting out all the pieces. Entrepreneurs, some of them women working from their homes, solved the dilemma by producing and selling kits that included fabric already stamped for cutting or for quilting, or even pieces already cut out. In QUILT KITS: 20TH CENTURY SHORT CUTS, Rose Marie Werner details the stories of these entrepreneurs and the growth of the phenomenon of quilt kits. Lynda Pavek, through the lens of her camera, provides views of the beauty in the quilt kit designs, with over 250 photos of quilts and ephemera in the author's collections.
This book will appeal to anyone interested in the history behind their family quilts, whether they are quilt historians, appraisers, or collectors, or whether they just enjoy reading about quilt history. Anyone who loves quilts will enjoy the beautiful designs displayed in the photographs.