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Pattern Names: Tree of Life (Susan)
Commercial Sources: McCall #1853 Crewelwork Pattern/Tree of Life published in McCall Decorative Arts and Needlework 1931-1932.
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1935-1942
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 044b
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 68 inches x 91 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Print, Solid/plain
Colors: Yellow, Orange, Green, Cream, Brown, Beige or Tan
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Bedding, special occasion
Description: On this quilt Gasperik quilted the outline of the appliqued blue bird which appears on all of her 'Indiana Wreath' quilts. On the other two Tree of Life quilts, quilted birds are all outline copies and variations of the quilts' applique birds.
Related Items/Publications: Pattern envelope (including contents with yarn color chart) McCall #1853 Crewel Tree of Life - Susan Salser private collection. The family has Gasperik's own copy of the McCall Kaumagraph #1853 pattern (printed in black and white). Letter from Gasperik's niece Vilma McClure to Susan Salser, dated Jan. 9, 1994 refers to the Gasperik 'Tree of Life' quilts (she calls the design "the family tree quilt"): "About your mother. She helped design many of the quilts. I particularly remember the family tree quilt. I saw it in the making. I think your mother designed that one. Elsie was most pleased that her mother had such a passion for making quilts. Indeed, Aunt Mary didn't do anything else - literally! Your mother went to Hazelrest and cleaned her mother's house and did her wash on a regular basis."
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