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Pattern Names: Apricot Morning Glory (Karen), Morning Glory Wreath
Commercial Sources: Quilted oval feathered wreath at center of quilt may be adapted from quilting design #521 in "Colonial Quilts" by Hubert Ver Mehren.
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1935-1945
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 062a
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 68 inches x 102 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: White, Orange, Green, Coral
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Personal enjoyment, Bedding, special occasion
Description: This is the second Apricot Morning Glory quilt. Gasperik also made a pair of Morning Glory quilts in shades of blue (#009 and #016). Although these quilts bear an astonishing resemblance to a kit #2005 offered by Bucilla, in fact the pattern units used by Gasperik and those inside the Bucilla box do not match in size or shape. Yet the diagonal quilting lines and the triple border executed in three shades of the same color DO suggest that Mary Gasperik may have seen either the Bucilla kit or a quilt made from it.
Other Notes: Bucilla Applique Bedspread "Morning Glory" Design No. 2005 kit was used to design the four Gasperik Morning Glory quilts, but Marie Webster's child's quilt design "Morning Glory" in pink was likely used as the inspiration for making adjustments and changes to the Bucilla design. Bucilla kits were available in orange and in green. They included multicolored flowers, and their flower and leaf pattern shapes do not match the shapes on the Gasperik quilts. The soft tones of the two Gasperik Apricot Morning Glory quilts (#026 and #062) are quite different from the harsher oranges of the kit’s fabrics. It requires only 4 different pattern shapes to make the morning glory wreath: one flower, one bud, one calyx and one leaf. The patterns are simple: it is their arrangement and embroidery which create the beautiful complexity. Gasperik clearly admired the Bucilla border design. The Nancy Cabot quilt column (in the Chicago Tribune) also published a Morning Glory (oval wreath) quilt based closely on Marie Webster's 1912 design which appeared in her book and in Ladies Home Journal.
Related Items/Publications: Complete Bucilla kit #2005 Morning Glory (Susan Salser - private collection); Nancy Cabot newspaper illustration of Morning Glory; Marie Webster's color photo of child's quilt "Morning Glory" There was probably at least one other 1930s kit for making a morning glory wreath quilt similar to the four made by Mary Gasperik. In 2006 Salser bought on ebay a similar-looking morning glory wreath quilt executed in three shades of apricot. In its flower patterns and colors this quilt more resembles the two Gasperik apricot morning glory quilts than it does Bucilla kit #2005. The seller was the niece of the maker, who was named Charlotte Louise Greene (1897-1993). When asked for information about the quilt-maker, the niece wrote: "I really don't know a lot about my Aunt's quilt making. She had a lot of interests - was very smart. (She studied ballet with Martha Graham and corresponded all her life with Norman Vincent Peale.) Kind of went from one interest to another. She was fired up about quilt making for a while and then dropped it for something else. She wasn't particularly artistic that I recall, so I suppose she didn't design her own quilts but probably may have bought designs from another source" (e-mail to Susan Salser from Anne Botto, 2/24/2006).
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