I recently purchased a vintage pattern and some fabric for a tree of Temptation quilt.
The pattern was published in 1929 by Capper’s Weekly Quilt Block service.
The first paragraph reads as follows:
I know you remember the “forbidden fruit tree” in the garden of Eden. This is a block designed to represent that tree. the original block was designed 85 years ago, and is made up of small, brightly colored pieces which represent the tempting fruit. When I look at this pattern I have visions of one made up in browns and yellows to fit into the color scheme of my room, and I envy you women with the leisure to make your dreams come true.
The pattern was published in 1929 (83 years ago) and they say it was designed 85 years before that…so by my math that makes the pattern 168 years old (designed in 1844).
The pattern came with the templates cut from cardboard
and the printed pattern
and a bag of pieces cut to make the blocks
they are small!
I think that after cutting them out she decided that it might be too much work to finish….there are a lot of pieces in each block!
267 to be exact…and the block finished at 16 inches square.
Here is a pdf of the pattern Click here tree of temptation
I have not been able to find a finished example of this quilt but I did find a few tree pattern quilts on the quilt index that are similar
these are similar but don’t have nearly as many pieces.
I don’t know if I will ever have the ambition to finish this project that was started so long ago…all those pieces are pretty intimidating. If I do I think it will need to be a long-term project
for now I am going back to hand quilting