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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) was used in border. Q504 was transformed and altered for use as an applique two-color pieced star.
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933-1934
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 048b
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, which is dated 1934, shows how quickly Mary developed her quilting skills, when compared with quilt #041 ("Double Trellis") made in 1933. Once she discovered quilts in 1933, making quilts became her life's passion. The Chicago Tribune published this block in the Nancy Cabot quilt column after the Fair ended. The Moon Face embroidery pattern was published by another Chicago company.
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: "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. New York Times, May 30, 1930 pg. 17 " Pittsburgh, May 29. Arcturus, the star which sent the rays that officially opened Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition, today received a steady job as lamplighter for the fair. Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company announced that each night at exactly 30 seconds past 10:14 o'clock (Eastern Daylight Time) rays from "Arky" - as the star is affectionately known - will be transmitted from four observatories to Chicago to turn on the exposition's myriad lights."
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