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This 1933 quilt is one of the first Gasperik attempted. She did not finish it. One wonders if Gasperik’s willingness to abandon this project might be related to the following observation [from Hungarian Decorative Folk Art, Second Edition, Budapest, 1957, page 5]: “Typical of Hungarian folk art is the preference for certain colours, such as various shades of red, and the avoidance of others, such as yellow or purple”. Two other unfinished 1933 quilt projects are: Floral Bouquet (#004) and Giant Dahlia (#015).
Mary Gasperik Private CollectionInstInvContrNumF004
Information source fieldsIdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmaker
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 DescriptionTypeObjF008
Quilt was partially quilted.QuiltTitleF009
Bright or primary colorsOverCondF015
Owner removed original quilting and replaced backingRepairHistF018
Quiltmaker's grand-daughter removed the original quilting because she felt the stitches were too big and knots were visible on the outside. She also removed the backing, on which Gasperik had embroidered her initials and the year 1933, but saved this piece separately.TypeInscripF019
"M - G 1933"MethodInscripF021
Based on embroidered inscription.
Quilt top descriptionLayFormatF024
Alternating with plain squaresBlockStyleF030a
"Ice cream cone" border in purple and yellow. Typical 1930s border.
Quilt top materials and constructionFiberTypesF035
Quilt back materials and constructionFabFiberTypesF040
Same fabric used throughout
Selected by daughter Elsie during a division of quilts after Gasperik died in 1969. After Elsie died and her 3 daughters divided up the quilts, Karen selected this one. She later gave it to sister Linda, who harbored ambitions of completing it.
Quilt purposes usesReasonsF060
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.
Quilt design and materials sourcesSourceMatF063
Commercial/Published source: PatternCommSourceF064b
Possibly Mountain Mist R - Iris (copyright 1930)
Quilt ownership and contact infoOwnershipF082
Linda Krueger MacLachlanOwnerCountryF086b
Susan Krueger Salser
Other source materials available for this quiltRelItemsF088a
Mountain Mist batting wrapper pattern R - Iris.
When Linda had ambitions of completing this Gasperik quilt, she removed the original gold Gasperik backing but saved the piece onto which Gasprik embroidered, in purple thread, her initials and the year 1933 (Linda MacLachlan, private collection).
Quiltmaker personal informationMaidenF097b
9314 Cottage GroveCountyF106
Quiltmaker Family historyFatherNameF109
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/ButcherNoChildF116
1 (Elsie 1909-1988)NoMaleF116b
2 (Elmer and Stephen)
Quiltmaker personal quilting historyLearnedToQuiltF117
From guild or club memberWhenQuiltF118
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 groupNameGroupF120
Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt ClubLocGroupF121
Southside Chicago and Detroit MISpecialGroupF122
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt shows; Detroit group held national exhibits and contests.
Other quilts made by quiltmakerNumQuiltsF123
more than 50SellQuiltF127
Other source materials available for quiltmakerOtherSourceMat
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.
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MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American QuiltsPublisher
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