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Pattern Names: Indiana Wreath (Doris)
Commercial Sources: Probably McCall's #524 "Indiana Wreath" published circa 1935. The pattern for the three hovering blue birds may be borrowed from a quiltING pattern offered in a Nancy Page Quilting Club Column in the newspaper. Fern pattern C5573 from Aunt Martha's Answers to How Shall I Quilt It?
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1938-1945
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 011b
Brackman Number: 80.22, 80.23
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 73 inches x 99 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain, Print
Colors: White, Red, Green, Blue or Navy
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery, Other embellishment technique, extra layer of batting pads the applique grapes
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Bedding, special occasion
Description: Mary Gasperik made at least 4 Indiana Wreath quilts. It would seem that she picked this complicated and famous pattern precisely to demonstrate what a master quilter she was. Especially visible in this photograph are two quiltING patterns (designs by Rose Kretsinger) Gasperik found in her copy of The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America (see pages 275-76).
Related Items/Publications: McCall "Indiana Wreath" pattern envelope and instruction sheet; Winter 1937-38 McCall magazine with Indiana Wreath pattern featured. The East Hazelcrest News issue No. 18, dated Sept. 23,1953, published by American Legion Post 1139 mentions that "one of the women of our village, Mrs. Stephen Gasperik, was awarded 2 first prizes & a second prize at the Ill. State Fair for her quilts. The 2 first were given for her "Delectable Mountain" quilt & "Bridal Bouquet". The second place ribbon was placed on her "Indiana Wreath”. Last year she won a 1st & two 3rds. Quilting is almost a lost art, requiring a tremendous amount of patience & skill with a needle." Elmer Gasperik heirs, private collection.
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