What Are Little Boys Made Of?


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-4F

a Essay Historical Background

description
In this crib quilt made for a great-grandson, she again revamped a 1930s pattern. See also #054, #075 and #008.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
058

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmaker
Author/researcher
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
What Are Little Boys Made Of?
OwnerNameF010
What are Little Boys Made Of?
OverallWidthF12a
48 inches
OverallLengthF012b
72 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
White
Rust
Lavender
Green
Gray
Gold
Blue or Navy
OverallColorF14b
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Message
ContInscripF020
"What Are Little Boys Made Of" and "Yankee Doodle" and "Simple Simon"
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
other
OtherLocInscripF022a
On front -- one per little boy figure.
DateQuiltF023
1950-1975
FamDateF023c
1957
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Quilt for a great grandson born in 1957.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
nursery rhymes
NumBordersF033
One
BordDescF034
One wide green border on four sides. Just inside the green fabric border is a quilted border of feathering on white ground.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Striped
Solid/plain
Print
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
Other embellishment technique
UniqueF038h
The boys' garments include 'real' pockets and buttons.
EmbMatF039
Buttons attached

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

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

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Other
Grid square
Patches outlined/in the ditch
DesignF052b
Feathering
Wreaths
Other
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
Parallel lines
Other
DesignF052d
The quilting in the top half of the quilt resembles Gasperik's 'Indiana Wreath', including the large elaborate quilted cornucopias spilling fruit and flowers as well as the embedded feathered heart and feathered wreaths. In the lower half of the quilt Gasperik took her inspiration from the applique Simple Simon fisher-boy. She quilted elaborate wave patterns with embedded sailboats (2) and fish (3).

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
It looks like two separate commercial sources were consulted in the design of the quilt top: one a pattern set for depicting nursery rhymes; and the other a kit containing the distinctive set of colored striped fabrics forming the applique flowers.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
East Hazelcrest
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Given by Gasperik to her grand-daughter Karen in celebration of the birth of Karen's first child, Andy, who was also Gasperik's first great-grandchild.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Baby or crib
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
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
Unknown
PattSourceF065
Published material
CommSourceF065b
Feathered wreath (Pattern B4 Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns Package #32 WLM Clark, St. Louis, MO). Fish quilted three times on this quilt is from Sheet 8 of Wonder Package (Embroidery Designs) (Chicago, IL, 1933).

Exhibition history of quilt

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

Contests entered

ContestListF071a
First prize, best novelty quilt, Illinois State Fair, 1957.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Karen Krueger Finn
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
SourceInfoF088b
Susan Krueger Salser

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Sheet of embroidery transfers (with Fish) from The Wonder Package (Donald F. Duncan Inc., Chicago, 1933). Patterns found in this boxed package were also used to make the Japanese style lettering found in quilts: #020, #029, #040, #047, and #059, as the moon shaped appliques forming the four corners of quilt #048. The Wonder Package was available through The Detroit News, as well as newspaper advertisements. Illinois State Fair 1957 blue ribbon (private collection of Karen Finn). There is a family photograph showing young Andy Finn (for whom this quilt was made) with his great grandmother (who made it). In the photograph Gasperik is showing her great-grandson the quilt called Road to Recovery (#066). Gasperik's daughter Elsie is also in thepicture.

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
East Hazelcrest
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
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; Detroit News Quilt Club Corner
LocGroupF121
Southside Chicago and Detroit MI
SpecialGroupF122
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt show; 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
2008
CE
photocredit079a1
Don Gonzalez
DigDateF079a
1
2008
CE
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
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

data verification

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yes
verifiedby
Salser, Susan
dateverified
1
10
2009
CE

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