Blue Pinwheel


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-2D

a Essay Historical Background

description
In this quilt (and in #003), she experimented with the pieced blocks and borders. She chose different arrangements, thus the dimensions are slightly different. Quilting designs (in the plain blocks) are the same in both quilts. Why she made two quilts in the same pattern is not known. She expanded on the same practice in the following years--sometimes making three or more versions.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
052

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
Blue Pinwheel
OwnerNameF010
Blue Pinwheel (Karen)
AltNameF011
Pinwheel
OverallWidthF12a
61 inches
OverallLengthF012b
98 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
White
OverallColorF14b
Two color
OverCondF015
Very good/almost new
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1934-1936
OtherExDateF023d
1938
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
This estimated date is based on Chicago Park District photo dated (Nov 16, 1938) of a quilt exhibit at Tuley Park. This quilt (or its close match #003) is visible.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Alternating with plain squares
BlockStyleF030a
Triangles
NumBordersF033
Two borders surround the quilt

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
Print
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
KnotsF051b
no

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
This quilt is slightly more faded than its mate (quilt #003); perhaps because it was stored on the top of the stack of quilts in Gasperik's East Hazelcrest home.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
Selected by daughter Elsie during a division of quilts after Gasperik died in 1969. After Elsie died in 1988 her daughters divided her quilts and this one was selected by Karen.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Personal enjoyment
QDesignF060b
Bedding, daily use
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
Commercial/Published source: Pattern

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
Possibly Tuley Park Quilt Club exhibition in November 1938. "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik" Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Karen Krueger Finn
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
B/W Chicago Park District photo (Nov 16, 1938) of Tuley Park Quilt Club quilt show.

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
Pleasure
Other
OtherF119a
Like its mate, Blue Pinwheel #003, this quilt is a learning experience, an experiment in making minor adjustments and rearrangements to a very traditional pieced quilt design. 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
Southside Chicago 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

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
DateF079
3
1
1992
CE
photocredit079a1
Don Gonzalez
DigDateF079a
1
1
2008
CE
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Susan Salser

File Information

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jpeg
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

data verification

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yes
verifiedby
Salser,Susan
dateverified
2
21
2009
CE

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