Peach Posy


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-29

a Essay Historical Background

description
This is one of two quilts Mary Gasperik made using "Modern Rose Panel", a quilt design by Mary McElwain of Walworth, WI. The pattern was offered as a stamped quilt top by the McElwain shop in two fabric selections. Gasperik chose "brown print and peach flowers on eggshell background". Made from kit fabrics and appliqué patterns provided in the "Modern Rose" boxed kit, this quilt exhibits Mary Gasperik's habit of experimenting with a variety of quiltING patterns and producing overall designs which are unique to each of her quilts.
essay
This pattern appeared in 1934 as an applique block supplied with Rock River Co. (Janesville, WI) batting. A few years later this quilt was offered as a boxed kit in 1936 by the Mary McElwain Quilt Shop. We are certain that these two quilts were made from the kit because the description of the fabrics closely matches the fabric in the quilts. "Suggested colors: brown print and peach flowers on eggshell background, with brown stems and panel binding." The kit cost $11.50. A block with stamped material for a pillow cost just 75 cents.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
001

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Author/researcher
Blood relative of quiltmaker
SourceOtherF006a
Grand-daughter
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
Peach Posy
OwnerNameF010
Peach Posy
AltNameF011
Modern Rose Panel (Mary E. McElwain), Modern Rose quilt pattern No. 1039 by Nancy Cabot
OverallWidthF12a
68 inches
OverallLengthF012b
96 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Brown
Cream
Rust
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
ContInscripF020
(barely legible is a cloth address label sewn to the back: MARY GASPERIK and traces of the words "HAZELCREST' and "ILLINOIS" are visible
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1934
OtherExDateF023d
1934-1936
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
The Rock River Cotton batting wrapper with this McElwain pattern has a copyright of 1934. However, IF she used the McElwain kit, then it probably wasn't made until 1936.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Vertical bands
NumBlockF026
Two vertical bands of applique
SpacingF029
Strippy or vertical bands (in vertical rows separated by plain vertical bars)
BordDescF034
Narrow borders at top and bottom are same size. Borders at right and left are wider and are the same size.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052d
Within cross-hatching and diagonal parallel line background quilting are embedded some patterns which appear in Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns (Grand Rapids, MI): patterns No. 83 and No. 71 (page 5 of the booklet). Double feathered banding (pattern No. 69 from page 8) forms two interior vertical borders; while pattern No. 93 (page 11) forms two vertical outer quilted borders.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
The print cotton binding must have been supplied with the kit; Gasperik did not normally bind her quilts with printed cloth. The Gasperik quilt binding matches the brown print of the applique.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Personal enjoyment
QDesignF060b
Unknown
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento
OthPresUseF062a
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.

Quilt design and materials sources

TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Kit
CommSourceF064b
"Modern Rose" kit by Mary McElwain Quilt Shop (Walworth, WI)
PattSourceF065
Unknown
CommSourceF065b
"Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns" Quilting designs used: #69, #71, #83 & #93.
AddNotesF066
McElwain's kit probably did not specify the quilting design. Excerpt of kit description: "Ready Stamped Quilt Top--The box contains background material, applique material, and final binding." A pattern with the same block design was offered by Nancy Cabot. It was called "Potted Rose Bush". The Cabot column describes the design as follows: "Here is one of the old and well known rose designs used in a more or less modern setting. "Potted Rose Bush" is a native of Kentucky and a popular member of the quilt realm throughout the country.." This column features a drawing of the individual block as well as a sketch of a quilt showing the blocks arranged in two vertical rows of six blocks.

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
"The Quilts of Mary Gasperik" Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Heirs of Elmer Gasperik - contact Kathy Jacob
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Catalog: Romance of the Village Quilt (Walworth, WI: Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop, 1936). Modern Rose Panel batt wrapper pattern from Rock River Cotton Co., Janesville, Wisconsin, 1934. Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns, Needleart Guild, 826 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Michigan (undated). The same pattern was offered by Nancy Cabot in a Chicago Tribune quilt column reading "A modern rose design in an applique pattern creates an effective quilt for single or twin beds. Either print or plains materials, or a combination of both, may be used. The pattern contains directions for cutting and setting together as well as color suggestions. For the modern rose quilt pattern, No. 1039, send 10 cents in stamps or coin, plus 2 cents to cover mailing cost, to the Needlework Bureau, Chicago Tribune, 2020 Fifth av., New York City." A quilt column from an unidentified source, but dated April 9, 1944, offers the same Pattern No. 1039. That columns reads "Here is one of the old and well-known rose designs for a patchwork quilt. It's a pattern you will enjoy working on and one that will call forth exclamations of admiration. The finished block measures 11 1/2 inches square. Pattern No. 1039 contains complete instructions, To order, send ten cents in stamps or coin to Needlework Department, care Grit, Williamsport, Pa." The illustrations in the two newspaper columns picture the same quilt design.

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
From guild or club member
Self-Taught
WhenQuiltF118
Age 40-49
WhyQuiltF119
Pleasure
Other
OtherF119a
Mary Gasperik made quilts because it was her life passion and greatest talent. As opportunities arose, she entered contests and exhibited them publicly. She also made special quilts for her family.

Quiltmakers Membership in quilting group

NameGroupF120
Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club
LocGroupF121
Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI
SpecialGroupF122
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt shows; Detroit group held national exhibits and contests,

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no
AddNotesF132
See the introductory essay for photos and information about this quiltmaker.

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

ImageConF075a
whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
CD-ROM
photocredit079a1
Don Gonzalez
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Hank Finn

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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
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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Salser, Susan
dateverified
11
9
2010
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