Sears Quilt Contest Project: 010. Kit Quilts in Contest Entries

By the 1930s, boxed kit quilts containing all the materials and instructions necessary for making a quilt were available at department stores and through mail order outlets. Bucilla was one of the early companies to sell kit quilts. Hubert Ver Mehren's center medallion quilt kits were first offered in 1932 in a small booklet he published entitled Colonial Quilts which was also distributed by mail order and at local stores. Quilt designer, Anne Orr, wrote a monthly column for Good Housekeeping on needlework and quilts. In her January 1933 column, she announced she would judge the Sears National Quilt Contest and included color photos of quilt kits that appeared as contest entries a few months later.

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