Tree of Life #2 - detail

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Pattern Names: Tree of Life #2 - detail
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
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 083a
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
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: Wedding, Bedding, special occasion
Description: To make her Tree of Life quilts Gasperik transformed a McCall crewelwork pattern into an applique quilt pattern with the help of her daughter Elsie. This is the second of the pair of quilts pictured in the 1935 family photograph. See also #082.
Other Notes: According to Elsie's cousin, Vilma McClure, Elsie helped Gasperik design the Tree of Life quilts. Elsie's daughters remember that this particular series of quilts, the Tree of Life quilts, seemed to be Elsie's personal favorites of all the quilts her mother made.
Related Items/Publications: January 9, 1994 letter from Vilma McClure to Susan Salser: "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 Hazelcrest and cleaned her mother's house and did her wash on a regular basis." (Susan Salser, personal collection). Family photograph, b&w, showing a pair of Tree of Life quilts. Written on the back, in Elsie's hand: "1935 Twin Tree of Life made for Ruth Peterson Stein".
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