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Pattern Names: Daisies Won't Tell
Commercial Sources: "Aunt Martha's Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?'" pattern C5573 "Fern quilting design"
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: Not known
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 047b
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 76 inches x 91 inches
Fabrics: Other, Cotton, Other, Broadcloth, Solid/plain, Non-cotton fabric used for the two appliqued hearts and six cornucopias.
Colors: White, Green, Coral, Nile Green
Construction: Hand Applique
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Artwork/wall hanging
Description: The source of the Japanese style lettering was a set of paper sheets imprinted with embroidery patterns. Known as "The Wonder Package," it contained over 475 initials in various sizes and styles. Gasperik used this set for seven quilts.
Inscription: Loves Me Loves Me-Not Daisies Won't Tell
Related Items/Publications: Booklet: Quilts by Boag, (Elgin, IL, circa 1933). Batting Wrapper Pattern: "Wreath of Daisies" Rock River Cotton Co. (Janesville, WI, 1934). Booklet: Romance of the Village Quilts (Walworth, WI: Mary MacElwain, 1936) cover photo. Blue version, 99" x 78", of the McElwain Daisies kit made by unknown quilter, purchased on eBay in 2007, in private collection of Susan Salser. Letter from Mrs. Ferne Thompson of Springfield, Illinois to Mary Gasperik dated August 16, 1946 reading "First of all, may I congratulate you on your prize winning quilt "Daisies Won't Tell" now on exhibit at the Illinois State Fair? I admired your quilt very much and would greatly appreciate it if you would be so kind as to tell me where the pattern may be purchased for the quilt..." Letter from Miss Veronica Gavin to Mary Gasperik, dated Aug 17, 1946 reading "In my visit of the sewing building at State Fair yesterday I couldn't forget the two beautiful quilts which belonged to you. I especially like the "daisies won't tell" pattern and also the wedding design, so if it wouldn't be too much trouble & asking too much of you I would appreciate having both the wedding pattern and the daisy one." Handwritten exhibit tag "Daisy Quilt First Prize at Springfield--Second Prize at Indiana State Fair by Mrs. Mary Gasperik". Exhibit Catalog "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik", Ann Anastasio, Curator, Ravenswood Historic Site/Livermore (CA) Area Recreation & Park District, March 14-15, 1992. Video by Jeffrey Finn (March 15, 1992) showing Gasperik quilts on display (but we neglected to include this one!) at the Ravenswood show. Member newsletter "A Very Special Presentation: Mary Gasperik's Quilts" The Alliance for American Quilts, Aug 30, 2007. Yellow paper exhibit tag reading "Daisy Quilt First Prize at Springfield Second Prize at Indiana State Fair by Mrs. Mary Gasperik" in penciled handwriting. Added in ink by Elsie 'to Susan m1963'[perhaps meaning that at one time Elsie thought this quilt was a wedding gift to Susan, who was married in 1963]. Such paper exhibit tags were probably pinned to Gasperik quilts which appeared in Tuley Park quilt shows. It is true that Susan was married in 1963, but her official wedding present was (in 1963) a heavy yellow linen cutwork tablecloth which won a blue ribbon at the Illnois State Fair (Susan Salser has that tablecloth with its pinned ribbon and cardboard Illinois tag). She was later given an Indiana Wreath quilt as a wedding present from her grandmother in 1968.
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