Iris


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-5F

a Essay Historical Background

description
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).

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
072

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
Other
TypeObjOtherF008a
Quilt was partially quilted.
QuiltTitleF009
Iris
OwnerNameF010
Iris
OverallWidthF12a
?? inches
OverallLengthF012b
?? inches
PredomColorsF014
Purple
Lavender
Green
Gold
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
DamageF016
Other
OtherDamageF016a
Owner removed original quilting and replaced backing
RepairHistF018
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
Initials
Date
ContInscripF020
"M - G 1933"
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
on back
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1933
OtherExDateF023d
1933
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Based on embroidered inscription.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
SubjQuiltF025
Iris
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Alternating with plain squares
BlockStyleF030a
Hexagons
BordDescF034
"Ice cream cone" border in purple and yellow. Typical 1930s border.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Gold
DescBackF043
Solid/plain
Same fabric used throughout

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 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 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

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
CommSourceF064b
Possibly Mountain Mist R - Iris (copyright 1930)

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
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 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
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
1989
CE
DigDateF079a
2006
CE
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Hank Finn

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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
1
27
2010
CE

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