Farm Design


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-54

a Essay Historical Background

description
This quilt is one of a pair of youth-sized quilts made for Gasperik’s grand-daughters Karen and Linda using Paragon #01013 "Farm Design" (also see quilt #059). To each, she added the child’s name and a boy on a horse to represent their father, University of Chicago economics instructor, Maynard C. Krueger, as a Missouri farm boy. The Japanese-style letters and the little boy astride the horse are from outside sources. In 2003 Gasperik granddaughter Joanne Gasperik, a prize-winning quilter in her own right, copied Karen's quilt to make a gift for the third Krueger sister, Susan. It is not known if Mary Gasperik won any ribbons for the two 'Farmer in the Dell' quilts she made for Karen and Linda; but her granddaughter Joanne won one for the quilt she made for her cousin Susan! That quilt was a semi-finalist in the 19th annual American Quilter's Society Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky in 2003.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
029

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
Farm Design
OwnerNameF010
Farmer in the Dell (Linda)
AltNameF011
The Farm
OverallWidthF12a
50 inches
OverallLengthF012b
70 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
Brown
Gold
Green
Orange
Red
Rust
White
OverallColorF14b
Multicolor
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Very good/almost new
TypeInscripF019
Initials
ContInscripF020
LINDA
MethodInscripF021
Other
OtherMethodInscripF021a
Appliqued Letters
LocInscripF022
other
OtherLocInscripF022a
On front
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1941
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
The Paragon pattern copyright date is 1937. Linda was born in 1938. Family photo dated 1941 shows Karen and Linda in bed under their Farmer quilts

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
Farm
NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
Green border on four sides designed with a scalloped inner seam.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Dotted
Print
Solid/plain
UniqueF037b
cotton felt-like beard on farmer
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
Other embellishment technique
PaperF038i
no
EmbMatF039
Buttons attached
UniqueF039a
Applique boy on pony, recipient's name appliqued in Japanese style lettering are added from non-kit source.

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Green
DescBackF043
Solid/plain

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Bias grain
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrColorF049b
white
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid/crosshatch
Grid diamond
Patches outlined/in the ditch
Single parallel lines
DesignF052b
Feathering
Floral
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
Parallel lines
DesignF052d
Green border is quilted in parallel straight horizontal lines. Nestled against the inner scalloped edge of this border is a line of feathering studded with some flowers. Interior quilting is a mixture of fine diamond hatching, parallel lines tilted in various directions, and a square grid.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Quilting designs follow the Paragon kit pattern in some areas, but not in others. The horse and rider in upper right quadrant is Gasperik's addition.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Gasperik made this quilt for granddaughter Linda Krueger, who was allowed to use it on special occasions.

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
Commercial/Published source: Kit
OthTopSourceF064a
Source of applique letters in Japanese style: see "Wonder Package-Modern Hand Embroidery Patterns (Donald F. Duncan Inc., Chicago) 1933.
CommSourceF064b
Paragon #01013 "Farm Design"
PattSourceF065
Kit
AddNotesF066
Gasperik appears to have largely followed the original kit design. But she added her own unique touches. These include the grand-daughter's name in applique letters (from her Wonder Package box of transfer patterns) and the boy on the horse. Susan Salser originally thought that her grandmother borrowed the horse pattern from a different Paragon kit, #1005, called 'Noah's Ark". In 2016 Salser succeeded in purchasing an original Noah's Ark complete kit. She can see that although the stance of the horse is similar in Gasperik's Farmer quilts to the horse pattern included in Paragon's 'Noah's Ark' kit #01005, the Gasperik horse is sized larger and includes much, much greater detail than the Paragon kit horse. So it is not clear if Gasperik found a more detailed and somewhat larger horse in a different source (perhaps a children;'s book?) or if she started by using the Paragon horse outline and transformed it by adding details suggested by outside source material. Since experienced quilters often transform their source materials to some degree, it is impossible to answer this question unless the 'better' source illustration is found. In the case of Gasperik's quilt called "Road to Recovery", Salser actually DID find the outside source material which exactly matches Gasperik's rendition of the two robins. She found it in a bird book titled Bird Neighbors illustrated by Fern Bisel Peat. Gasperik copied Peat's illustration quite closely. Salser believes the there may exist a book illustration which can account for Gasperik's creative and detailed rendition of the boy riding his horse. Gasperik substituted a polka dot apron with real pockets for the kit's plain white flat apron and she added a fourth blue airplane. The farmer's fuzzy beard was supplied by the Paragon kit.

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
Linda Krueger MacLachlan
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
SourceInfoF088b
Susan Krueger Salser

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
The Wonder Package: Modern Hand Embroidery Patterns. (Chicago: Donald Duncan, Inc., 1933) Collection of Susan Salser. In June 2006 Salser purchased a partially completed "Farm" quilt in an ebay auction. She has the original envelope, with a price tag of $1.95 from Marshall Field & Company, as well as the original instruction sheet, which bears a 1937 copyright date. Susan decided to complete the quilt for her own grandchild, born in 2007. The partially completed quilt came from the estate of a 95 year old woman in Portland, Oregon. In July 2003 Susan Salser purchased, from a seller in Pennsylvania, a completed Paragon 'The Farm' quilt. It is in good condition, reasonably well made, and offers a good comparison of a well-made kit quilt with the Gasperik version of that same kit. Family photograph of Karen and Linda Krueger, in bed under their two Farmer quilts was pasted into a family album sent to Germany in 1947 (Erika Gasperik - private collection). This album includes photos of two other Gasperik quilts: (#026 and #014).

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, The Detroit News Quilt Club Corner
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
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

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Salser, Susan
dateverified
6
19
2016
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