Old-Time Nosegay

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Pattern Names: Nosegay, French Bouquet - Nancy Page series
Commercial Sources: Detroit News Pattern Leaflets for Old-Time Nosegay - Series of 30 patterns.
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1939
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 071b
Brackman Number: #72.4
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: Unknown x Unknown
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain, Print
Colors: Pink, Green, Cream
Construction: Embroidery, Gasperik rearranged the placement of the 12 different Nancy Page bouquets and she angled the placement of her border flowers so that they 'dance' left and right rather than march in the straight up and down order proposed by Nancy Page/Detroit News pattern.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Bedding, special occasion
Description: This quilt, inscribed with a date of 1939, was destroyed in a 1980 fire. All that remains are some photos. The quilt is based on a Nancy Page Club Series entitled “French Bouquet” which ran in newspapers from 1933-1934. The Detroit News offered the pattern under a different name.
Other Notes: It should be noted that the Gasperik quilt is made by appliqueing the bouquet and individual flower commercial blocks onto a whole piece of fabric rather than by assembling the quilt block by block, which is the way newspapers marketed block quilt patterns. She could not have begun this quilt before she had collected the entire set of patterns. The Detroit News/Page pattern included 12 different bouquet blocks (comprising the center panel of the quilt) and 15 different individual flower blocks (comprising the two side borders of the quilt). Making this quilt required more than two dozen appliqué patterns (each of which is complex). The Detroit News offered them, block by block, between December 1933 and July 1934. Salser believes Gasperik probably picked up her set of patterns at the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show where she saw the grandprize-winning Old Time Nosegay quilt made by Elizabeth Aellig of Detroit. In today's quilt language, Gasperik regarded the quilts she saw in Detroit as "challenge" quilts.
Inscription: 1939
Related Items/Publications: Detroit News clipping: Edith B. Crumb, Quilt Club editor, holding a quilt of this design. Compare to Nancy Page Quilt Club series of 30 blocks: French Bouquet. Overall view of Nancy Page quilt French Bouquet. Photo taken by Elmer Gasperik of his mother seated at her quilting frame in the dining room at 9314 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, working on Nosegay (which looks nearly completed). Elmer Gasperik heirs - private collection. Family b/w photograph of completed Gasperik quilt (undated) - the photograph presented in this quilt record. Color photograph of Gasperik Nosegay hanging on a clothesline is picture #6 on a computer disc sent to Susan Salser by Kathy Jacob, 1/30/2006. Picture #5, on this same disc, is a b/w photo of Nosegay airing on a different clothesline. Neither picture is dated. Original photos in private collection of Elmer Gasperik heirs. Yellow paper exhibit tag for "Nosegay Quilt" (Susan Salser- private collection)
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