Hosannah - detail


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-7C

a Essay Historical Background

description
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.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
020a

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
Hosannah - detail
OwnerNameF010
Hosannah
AltNameF011
Palm Leaf
BrackmanF011a
1304.5
OverallWidthF12a
75 inches
OverallLengthF012b
91 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Other
OtherShapeCornerF013c
Corners are slightly, and deliberately, shaved.
PredomColorsF014
Green
Cream
QuiltSpecColorF014a
Nile Green
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Place
Date
ContInscripF020
"1941" and "CHICAGO" in Japanese style lettering.
DateInscripF020a
1941
MethodInscripF021
In the quilting
LocInscripF022
other
OtherLocInscripF022a
Top - Front of Quilt
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1941
OtherExDateF023d
1941
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Based on pattern source, Nile green color, etc.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
12
ArrangeBlockF028
On point or rotated on 45 degrees
SpacingF029
Alternating with plain squares
NumBlockPatF030
1
BlockStyleF030a
Same block throughout
NumBordersF033
3
BordDescF034
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 construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
Print

Quilt back materials and construction

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

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16")

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrColorF049b
white
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid square
Grid diamond
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
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 observations

FeaturesF053
Unusually shaped (shaved) corners.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
Hosannah was given to Doris and Elmer Gasperik and later inherited by their children.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Personal enjoyment
OtherF060a
Perhaps made as a response to the acclaim for Bertha Stenge's grand prize-winning Palm Leaf
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
Other
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
OthTopSourceF064a
Hosannah, page 15, in Quilting, a manual written for ChicagoÃ?�Ã?¢Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½s Park District quilting clubs, of which GasperikÃ?�Ã?¢Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?Â
PattSourceF065
Other
Commercial pattern
OthPattSourceF065a
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 quilt

ExhibitListF067a
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 info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Heirs of Elmer Gasperik - Kathy Jacob contact.
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
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 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 S. 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 Quilting Club
LocGroupF121
Southside Chicago
SpecialGroupF122
Held quilt exhibits, provided advice and instruction.

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

InvenNumF075
020a
ImageConF075a
folded corner closeup
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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yes
verifiedby
Salser, Susan
dateverified
12
27
2008
CE

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