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Pattern Names: Four Pigs
Commercial Sources: Feathered heart (#37 on page 4) and feather border design (#34 on page 8) from "Original Master Quilting Patterns" published by Needleart Guild (Grand Rapids, MI, undated)
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1936
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Contributor: Gasperik Collection
ID Number: 057a
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 38 inches x 42 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: White, Pink, Green, Gold, Blue or Navy
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Baby or crib, Bedding, special occasion
Description: This early quilt project was displayed at the October 1936 Tuley Park Quilt show. It was probably one of four quilts she sent to the 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show. According to a Detroit News quilt column about the 1938 show, Gasperik submitted 4 quilts and won 4 Honorable Mention ribbons at the previous year's show.
Other Notes: The source of the dressed pigs is uncertain. Ruby McKim and Aunt Martha had popular patterns for 'Three Little Pigs' quilts. A typed tag once sewn on the Gasperik quilt (for the Detroit Quilt Show) says it was "designed by her daughter .. and quilted by Mary Gasperik" It is possible the source of these particular pigs was a children's book illustration traced by Elsie. It is interesting that the attire of the three (boy) pigs in McKim, Aunt Martha and Gasperik is somewhat similar, as if there was a Little Pigs dress code, a tradition preceding McKim, Aunt Martha AND Gasperik.
Related Items/Publications: In a family Chicago Park District photograph dated 10-30-36, taken at a Tuley Park quilt show 4 Gasperik quilts can be spotted: the 1935 Double Feather Star (#045), Four Little Pigs (#057), Laurel Wreath (#067) and Wedding Bouquet (#074). An early 1937 b&w family photo shows baby Karen Krueger propped against the back of this quilt, which is drying in front of a radiator. Typed exhibit tag reading "'The Four Little Pigs' Designed by her daughter, for her granddaughter and quilted by: - Mary Gasperik 9314 Cottage Grove Av., Chicago, Ill." (in family private collection). Color photograph of this quilt featured in “One American Dream Comes True” by Merikay Waldvogel, Quilters Newsletter, March 2008, p.48. In an e-mail to Susan Salser (January 11, 2009) Elmer and Doris Gasperik’s daughter Kathy Jacob described to Susan her parents’ support of Mary Gasperik’s quilting and the appreciation for the quilts which they instilled in her. She wrote: “I know that my Mother took great care of our quilts. Dedicated to them as if her own mother had made them. It is from my mother that I learned to lovingly care for the quilts and appreciate the work that grandma had done. And I was told that my father made her the very quilting frame that she used to create these wonderful quilts. I was also told he would buy her batting and once a children’s book for the pictures perhaps for reference.” A children’s book illustration is possibly the genesis of this Gasperik quilt design.
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