Pattern Names: Star Arcturus-Century of Progress
Commercial Sources: Nancy Cabot/Chicago Tribune: Star Arcturus Century of Progress QuiltING patterns Q403 and Q504 (Hubert Ver Mehren Home Art Studio) were used in the blocks. Q403 (side portion only) used in border. Q504 (transformed for use as an applique two-color pieced star).
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 048
Brackman Number: 3713
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 77 inches x 91 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Blue or Navy, Orange, Yellow
Construction: Machine Piecing, Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Commemorative, Unknown
Description: This quilt probably made early in her career in 1934, incorporates a Nancy Cabot (Chicago Tribune) pattern that honors the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition.
Other Notes: A clipping of the original October 22, 1933 Nancy Cabot newspaper column which presented the Century of Progress rocket-star pattern is pasted into Mary Gasperik's album of quilt patterns.
, Mary Gasperik sent three pattern tracings of this quilt's border and two blocks (the Star and the five-star block) with attached fabrics to Emma Zawatski in Sturgis, Michigan, another quilter she met through the Detroit News column.
Susan Salser purchased the tracings at an online auction site in November 1907. She found Zawatski's name on an invitation list Mary Gasperik had compiled for her 50th wedding anniversary. These tracings show that Gasperik shared her own designs with others at an early stage of her quilting career.
Inscription: "Star Arcturus/A CENTURY OF PROGPESS 1934 M.G."
Related Items/Publications: Barbara Brackman, Making History Quilts & Fabric From 1890-1970, C & T Publishing, 2008, page 78 photograph of Gasperik Star Arcturus.
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman, Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair, Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993, pp 102-103, photographs and text discussion.
"Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair" by Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel, published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine (July/August 1994), offered readers a pattern for making the moon Mary Gasperik put in the four corners of her Star Arcturus quilt.
"The 1933 World's Fair Quilt Contest and its Aftermath" in Piecework magazine (July/August 1995), pp. 71-77, presented a color photograph of the quilt and a pattern for making a bib using the star and rocket motif.
Family photos show this quilt, and other Gasperik quilts, airing on a clothesline.
Yellow paper exhibit tag (Tuley Park show) reading: Arcturus Star Quilt by Mrs. M. Gasperik
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Gasperik, Mary. Star Arcturus-Century of Progress. 1934. From Gasperik Collection, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=48-7C-13. Accessed: 05/25/2013