Indian Block


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-77

a Essay Historical Background

description
Indian Block made in 1943 for Karen Krueger. It is Gasperik's first Indian block - and also the simplest. All three Krueger blocks were framed by their mother Elsie. Compare to #093 Indian block made in 1954 for grandson, Michael.
essay
Since this is the first Gasperik Indian applique, and it is dated 1943, the logical place to begin a search for a possible children's book source would be illustrated children's books published in 1943 (or a bit earlier).

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
091

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
Quilt blocks or pieces
QuiltTitleF009
Indian Block
OwnerNameF010
Indian Block (Karen)
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
OverallColorF14b
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Very good/almost new
OtherDamageF016a
Must be somewhat sun-faded, since all three framed Krueger Indians hung on the wall of our bedrooms while we were growing up.
TypeInscripF019
Single
Date
ContInscripF020
"Karen. K" "1943"
DateInscripF020a
1943
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
OtherLocInscripF022a
on front
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateFinishF023b
1943
FamDateF023c
1943
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Pictorial
SubjQuiltF025
Indian child
NumBlockF026
1

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
No filling

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Not quilted
KnotsF051b
no

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
This is the earliest applique Indian picture Gasperik made (the others are dated 1944, and 1954). It is also the simplest. None of the Krueger or Gasperik Indians quilts is dated.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Gift or presentation
OtherF060a
It is not known if the individual Indian pictures preceded, accompanied or followed the children�¢ï¿½ï¿½s quilts.
QDesignF060b
Artwork/wall hanging
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
Unknown
TopSourceF064
Unknown
OthPattSourceF065a
Design source might be a kit--not yet identified, or a set of commercial block patterns, or even a pattern Gasperik and her daughter Elsie created from book illustrations. Gasperik could even have combined elements from those sources.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Karen Krueger Finn
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

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
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 and Detroit News Quilt Club
LocGroupF121
Chicago, IL 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
framed quilt block
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
CD-ROM
OtherSourceF077a
cropped from group photo of #089, #090 and #091
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

data verification

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yes
verifiedby
Salser, Susan
dateverified
12
22
2008
CE

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