Daisies Won't Tell - detail lettering


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-28

a Essay Historical Background

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.
essay
Mary Gasperik was fond of her Wonder Package of patterns, the source for the lettering on this quilt. Published in Chicago in 1933 by Donald F. Duncan, Inc., "Modern Hand Embroidery Patterns. The Wonder Package: Over 475 Initials, Various Styles and Sizes...," was the source for applique and quilting designs in seven Gasperik quilts. The same Japanese lettering on "Daisies Won't Tell" was used for appliqued names on children's quilts (#029, 040 and 059) and for quilting the word "Chicago" on Hosannah (#20). The moon faces on "Star Arcturus" (#048) and the large fish quilted 3 times on ({"What Are Little Boys Made Of?" (#058) are also from the Wonder Package. This last quilt was made in 1957. "Star Arcturus" is dated 1934. Obviously, this box of patterns was an important component of Mary's library of quilt resources.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
047b

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
Blood relative of quiltmaker
Author/researcher
SourceOtherF006a
Grand-daughter
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited
IfOtherF007d
Grand-daughter Susan Salser began this research effort in 1991, after she and her two sisters divided up the quilts which belonged to their mother (Elsie Gasperik Krueger) who died in 1988. Her ongoing research has been fruitful and interesting.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Daisies Won't Tell - detail lettering
OwnerNameF010
Daisies Won't Tell
OverallWidthF12a
76 inches
OverallLengthF012b
91 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
White
Green
Coral
QuiltSpecColorF014a
Nile Green
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Message
ContInscripF020
Loves Me Loves Me-Not Daisies Won't Tell
MethodInscripF021
Other
OtherMethodInscripF021a
Appliqued letters
LocInscripF022
other
OtherLocInscripF022a
Above and below the central heart-shaped wreath of daisies.
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
Not known
DateFinishF023b
Not known
FamDateF023c
Post 1940 (because it seems not to have appeared in a Detroit quilt show) and pre-August 1946, when it was shown at the Illinois State Fair.
OtherExDateF023d
1940-1946
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Overall quilt layout is similar to Mary A. McElwain quilt "Daisy Chain" which appeared on the cover of her 1936 booklet Romance of the Village Quilts. Won a blue ribbon at the August 1946 Illinois State Fair.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
Daisies
MedallionF031
32" wide, 40" long heart-shaped wreath
NumBordersF033
One
BordDescF034
Straight narrow borders in a darker shade of green.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Other
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Other
Broadcloth
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
UniqueF037b
Non-cotton fabric used for the two appliqued hearts and six cornucopias.
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No
PaperF038i
no
UniqueF039a
There is no embroidery, which is very unusual for a Gasperik quilt.

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Green
NumPiecesF042
3
WidthPiecesF042a
14", 31", 32"
DescBackF043
Same fabric used throughout

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
FabStrucF045
Plain weave
ConstrucBindF046
Machine sewn
Bias grain
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16")

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
cotton
ThrColorF049b
cream
NumStitchedF050
10
NumStitchF051
12
WidthF051a
Inside the wreath 1/4 inch; outside the wreath 5/8 inch
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid diamond
DesignF052b
Other
Feathering
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
Fern-leaf quilting (3 versions): 5 leaflets to a branch; 3 leaflets; and a single leaflet.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
With three small and ordinary applique patterns - a green leaf, a round yellow circle, and a simple white petal, Mary Gasperik created this floral profusion. It is elegantly simple, like a Marie Webster design. The 1/4-inch grid quilting, in the center of this quilt's wreath, is an excellent example of Gasperik quilting at its finest.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Elsie Krueger gave this Daisies Quilt to her daughter (Mary Gasperik's grand-daughter) Linda in about 1968. She gave the Pansies (#033) quilt to another daughter Susan. Because Linda was fond of pansies, the sisters traded quilts.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Art or personal expression
QDesignF060b
Artwork/wall hanging
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento
OthPresUseF062a
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
OthTopSourceF064a
Lettering is exactly like the Japanese lettering forms included in "Modern Hand Embroidery Patters. The Wonder Package. Over 475 Initials, Various Styles and Sizes . . ." (a boxed set of embroidery motifs), published in 1933 by Donald F. Duncan, Chicago.
PattSourceF065
Published material
CommSourceF065b
"Aunt Martha's Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?'" pattern C5573 "Fern quilting design"

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
1946 Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois, August, 1st prize. Unknown year, Indiana State Fair, 2nd prize. 1949 Tuley Park Quilt Show, Chicago, IL. "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik", Ann Anastasio, Curator, Ravenswood Historic Site /Livermore (CA) Area Recreation & Park District, March 14-15, 1992. Displayed at reception for The Alliance for American Quilts, San Francisco, CA, Aug 16, 2007.

Contests entered

ContestListF071a
1946 Illinois State Fair, 1st Prize. Indiana State Fair, 2nd prize, unknown year.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Susan Krueger Salser
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
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.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Mihalovits, Maria
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
01/25/1888
MarriageF099b
11/18/1906
DeathF100
05/25/1969
EthnicF101
Hungarian
EdBkgdF102
Elementary School
BirthplaceCountryF098d
Hungary
EnviroF104c
Rural

Quiltmaker address

StAddressF105
9314 Cottage Grove
CountyF106
Cook
CityF106a
Chicago
StateF107
Illinois (IL)
CountryF108
United States

Quiltmaker Family history

FatherNameF109
Mihalovits, Istvan
BplaceF109a
Hungary
EthBkgrndF110
Hungarian
MotherNameF111
Mihalovits, Vidoszava
BplaceF111a
Hungary
EthBkgrndF112
Hungarian
SpouseF113
Gasperik, Stephen
EthBkgrndF114
Hungarian
OccupationF115
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher
NoChildF116
3
NoFemF116a
1 (Elsie 1909-1988)
NoMaleF116b
2 (Elmer and Stephen)

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

LearnedToQuiltF117
Self-Taught
From guild or club member
WhenQuiltF118
Age 40-49
WhyQuiltF119
Other
Pleasure
OtherF119a
She made quilts to exhibit in shows and contests. Later in life, she made quilts especially for her children and grandchildren. In short, she made quilts because it was her life passion and her greatest talent.

Quiltmakers Membership in quilting group

NameGroupF120
Tuley Park Quilt Club
LocGroupF121
Chicago, Illinois
SpecialGroupF122
Periodic and annual quilt shows.

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993)102-103. Merikay Waldvogel "One American Dream Comes True" Quilters Newsletter Magazine, March 2008, 46-49.

Image Information

InvenNumF075
047b
ImageConF075a
Daisies Won't Tell - detail of lettering
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
CD-ROM
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Susan Salser

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
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Quilt Index
Resource Type
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Salser, Susan
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1
6
2009
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