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Pattern Names: Indiana Wreath (Linda)
Commercial Sources: Probably McCall's #524 "Indiana Wreath". 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 Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?'"
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: Not known
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 032a
Brackman Number: 80.22, 80.23
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 74 inches x 94 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: The interesting thing about the four Indiana Wreath quilts is that they show more experimentation with quiltING design than experimentation with applique pattern. It is the selection of fabrics, and the quiltING patterns which distinguish these four quilts which look, at first glance, to be the 'same' quilt. Although the range of experimentation is narrow here, Mary did not duplicate her Indiana Wreath quilts.
Related Items/Publications: Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, Marie D. Webster, Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc., 1928, frontispiece is a hand-tinted photograph of the 1858 quilt made by Elizabeth J. Hart. Also see text about 'Indiana Wreath' on pages 84-86. 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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