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Gasperik created a pieced quilt based on a traditional pattern block, which she might have found in a number of publications at the time. The alternating plain blocks and the wide green border provided areas for her favored quilting motifs--the Dove of Peace and the Fern Leaf designs. It is likely Gasperik undertook this particular quilt project when Bertha Stenge’s “Palm Leaf” quilt won national acclaim in “America Through the Needle’s Eye,” a contest held in connection with the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair and sponsored by Macy’s. It won the $500 Grand Prize and tied for the $125 Most Popular prize. Gasperik had entered ‘Road to Recovery’ (see quilt #066) in a different New York World’s Fair quilt contest (sponsored by Good Housekeeping). That Gasperik quilt (which was an original design) won no prize and was sent back rather than displayed with other quilts made for the fair. Gasperik probably deliberately set about to make her own Palm Leaf quilt, taking the Stenge acclaim as a personal challenge.essay
This pieced block was offered by the major quilt pattern sources in the 1930s, including:
-Ladies Art Co. #461 (1920s) - Palm Leaf
-Kansas City Star (McKim Studios) - Palm Leaf
-Ruby McKim's 101 Patchwork Patterns - Palm Leaf (1930s)
-"Quilting" booklet by Alice Beyer (1934)
-Nancy Cabot in Chicago Tribune (1930s)
-Laura Wheeler #1370 - Palm (1930s)
-Home Art Studios - Pattern #191 - Hosanna Quilt (1930s)
-Hall & Kretsinger Romance of the Patchwork Quilt pp. 102-103 - "Hozanna" or "The Palm" (1935)
-Mountain Mist #77 - The Palms copyright 1940.
Chicago quilter Bertha Stenge created a similar quilt using this same block. She won several state and local contests with her "Palm Leaf" quilt in 1935 and 1936. She added trapunto designs, which attracted the judges' notice. In the summer of 1940, Stenge won the 1940 New York World's Fair contest with her Palm Leaf quilt. Gasperik may have seen Stenge's quilt and desired to make something similar, but she did not add trapunto as Stenge did.
Mary Gasperik Private CollectionInstInvContrNumF004
Information source fieldsIdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmakerSourceOtherF006a
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
Hosannah - detailOwnerNameF010
Corners are slightly, and deliberately, shaved.PredomColorsF014
Light or pastel colorsOverCondF015
"1941" and "CHICAGO" in Japanese style lettering.DateInscripF020a
In the quiltingLocInscripF022
Top - Front of QuiltDateQuiltF023
Based on pattern source, Nile green color, etc.
Quilt top descriptionLayFormatF024
On point or rotated on 45 degreesSpacingF029
Alternating with plain squaresNumBlockPatF030
Same block throughoutNumBordersF033
Pieced diamond border surrounds center panel; then a wide green border; and finally a narrow white border. The border corners are inset palm leaf blocks edged with slightly triangular pieces probably chosen to echo the leaf shape. These create the unusual effect of a shaved corner.
Quilt top materials and constructionFiberTypesF035
Quilt back materials and constructionFabFiberTypesF040
Same fabric used throughout
less than a half inch
Thin (Less than 3/16")
Dove of Peace (probably copied from Carrie Hall Plate XII facing page 75 of Hall and Kretsinger Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America) in plain blocks; quinuplet fern leaf motif in green border and triplet fern leaf in half triangle blocks in center panel (from Aunt Martha commercial pattern).
Quilt notes and observationsFeaturesF053
Unusually shaped (shaved) corners.
Hosannah was given to Doris and Elmer Gasperik and later inherited by their children.
Quilt purposes usesReasonsF060
Perhaps made as a response to the acclaim for Bertha Stenge's grand prize-winning Palm Leaf QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasionPresUseF062
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.
Quilt design and materials sourcesSourceMatF063
Commercial/Published source: PatternOthTopSourceF064a
Hosannah, page 15, in Quilting, a manual written for ChicagoÃ?ï¿½Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½s Park District quilting clubs, of which GasperikÃ?ï¿½Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?ÂPattSourceF065
Dove of Peace pictured in Plate XII (facing page 75) of "Reproductions of Quilt Patches" by Carrie A. Hall in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America by Carrie A. Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger (1935). Lettering from The Wonder Package.CommSourceF065b
Fern leaf quiltING pattern from Aunt Martha; Dove of Peace quiltING probably copied from Carrie Hall, Plate XII.
Exhibition history of quiltExhibitListF067a
The existence of yellow paper exhibit slip reading 'Hosanna' indicates this quilt was probably included in a Tuley Park quilt show. "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik" Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.
Quilt ownership and contact infoOwnershipF082
Heirs of Elmer Gasperik - Kathy Jacob contact.OwnerCountryF086b
Other source materials available for this quiltRelItemsF088a
Quilting, by Alice Beyer, Director - Art Crafts for the Chicago Park District. Copyright 1934, South Park Commissioners, Chicago. Information on Stenge quilt from Twentieth Century Quilts 1900-1950, by Thomas K. Woodard and Blanche Greenstein, E. P. Dutton, New York, 1988, page 24. Bertha Stenge's grand-prize-winning Palm Leaf quilt featured "Love Birds" quilted into its top and its border (Quilters' Journal, Summer 1980, Vol. 3 No. 2, p. 15, in a quotation from American Home, Sept. 1947).
Quiltmaker personal informationMaidenF097b
9314 S. 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 Quilting ClubLocGroupF121
Held quilt exhibits, provided advice and instruction.
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.
folded corner closeupImageTypeF076
Image - medium display (250-550 pixels)file_medium
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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