by Edith Shoppell
Tree of Life
is currently on display
Art Of Quilting Show
held at the
Gilbert Historical Museum
This quilt is fascinating to me,
not only because I love
Tree of Life quilts,
but because of
the technique used by Edith
in this particular piece.
Shown by her son Mike Shoppell
Edith was very accomplished at
which were all beautifully hand quilted
as seen in the few examples at the show.
Finished in 1979, I never would have guessed that this quilt
was a Pre-Stamped kit
by Progress, a needlework company.
The applique looks so precise and well done.
I am not very familiar with the pre-stamped kits
of that era,
so I did a little research into the topic.
Cindy's Antique Quilts explains that
"Packaged kits often came
with pre-stamped or pre-cut
fabrics, including the pieces to be appliqued."
If applique was to be done, there were
stamped on pieces that were supplied,
and the top fabric used as the base,
also had corresponding numbers
Edith's granddaughter Karen shared:
"Some of her quilts took 2-3 years to make.
They are very labor intensive and
time consuming as they were,
for the most part,
done all by hand.
Everything was painstakingly cut and
laid out for each step."
Does anyone know of
any current quilt companies
that are in existence today
that still produce
pre-cut and numbered applique quilt kits?
Or is this a quilt technique
only from days long past?