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Pattern Names: Delectable Mountains
Commercial Sources: Quilting Design Q400 (15-inch) in Colonial Quilts by H. Ver Mehren--used 16 times radiating out from the birds.
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1950-1975
Date: Not certain
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 021a
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 85 inches x 101 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Gold, Green, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Hand Applique, It appears that on 3 different quilts Gasperik used a yellow-green or lime green backing: #011 (an undated Indiana Wreath), #021 (this Delectable Mountains, which is dated 1953) and #030 (Indian Feather Star, an undated quilt). If these quilts are ever reunited, they should be compared, to see if that fabric matches and can help date the two undated quilts. In this connection, it should be noted that the four applique birds in the center medallion of this quilt use the same pattern (as yet unidentified) as the trios of bluebirds hovering on the Gasperik's four 'Indiana Wreath' quilts.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Personal enjoyment, Bedding, special occasion
Description: This Delectable Mountains quilt is a close copy of the quilt that won 3rd place at the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest. A photo of the quilt also appeared in the instructional booklet used by Mary Gasperik at Tuley Park Quilting Club. However, this quilt is inscribed 1953 in the quilting. She may have put aside the 1930s quilt top and finished the quilting in 1953. This quilt contains an unusual number of pieced patterns and an array of quilting motifs, all of which can be traced to commercial sources.
Other Notes: Other quilting designs come from WLM Clark "Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns" Booklet #32 and/or Needleart Guild's "Original Master Quilting Patterns" (#83 - Corner Feather Designs), See introductory essay.
Inscription: 1953
Related Items/Publications: The Detroit News, October 29, 1936, p. 30 "Pine Trees on Quilt or Tree of Paradise", announcing Pine Tree Quilt Pattern ID-42. The East Hazelcrest News issue No. 18, dated Sept. 23,1953, published by American Legion Post 1139 mentions that "one of the women of our village, Mrs. Stephen Gasperik, was awarded 2 first prizes & a second prize at the Ill. State Fair for her quilts. The 2 first were given for her "Delectable Mountain" quilt & "Bridal Bouquet". The second place ribbon was placed on her "Indiana Wreath”. Last year she won a 1st & two 3rds. Quilting is almost a lost art, requiring a tremendous amount of patience & skill with a needle." Elmer Gasperik heirs, private collection. A b/w family photo (undated) showing Mary Gasperik standing next to this quilt with its attached ribbon was probably taken at the 1953 Illinois State Fair quilt display.
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