Delectable Mountains - detail


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-80

a Essay Historical Background

description
This Delectable Mountains quilt is a close copy of the quilt that won 3rd place at the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest. A photo of the quilt also appeared in the instructional booklet used by Mary Gasperik at Tuley Park Quilting Club. However, this quilt is inscribed 1953 in the quilting. She may have put aside the 1930s quilt top and finished the quilting in 1953. This quilt contains an unusual number of pieced patterns and an array of quilting motifs, all of which can be traced to commercial sources.
essay
On July 1, 2001 Joanne recorded the following information on a patch sewn to the back of the now-repaired quilt. It reads as follows: “On January 4, 2001 Sufi Salser, a young golden retriever, had a bad day. She took her frustration out on this quilt. “Delectable Mountains” was an important quilt to our grandmother Mary Gasperik. She had made one several years earlier and had liked it so much that she made this second quilt in 1953. It received a ribbon at the Illinois State Fair a few years later. When Mary’s quilts were divided among the families of Elsie and Elmer, Doris selected it as one of her quilts. It was given to my cousin David Gasperik some time later. After the 1992 Mary Gasperik quilt show it stayed at cousin Susan Salser’s house. I received the quilt a few days after the incident and saw the damage: a 42” long tear along the side of the quilt, near the edge. Cherrywood Fabrics had 2 of the fabrics, namely the green backing and what I first considered to be a perfect green for the front. Later a reproduction fabric of “poison green” from Vintage and Vogue replaced that green. The brown fabric was found during a quilting excursion in Florida. The light background fabric turned out to be the greatest challenge. That turned up in Wisconsin at Patched Works. For the actual restoration I consulted longtime restoration expert Linda Honsberger. She guided me through the process. First and foremost she taught: never remove anything. The first step involved pulling the torn sections together and lining up the distorted areas and basting. Then I appliquéd the backing. In order to avoid any marks on the quilt, I transferred the quilt pattern from the front to the back, a few inches at a time by pushing straight pins through the quilt, along the quilting line. I could not quilt through the whole sandwich, but only through the top fabric, the original fabric and the batting, in other words ¾ through the sandwich. As larger areas were quilted on the back, I was able to appliqué the fabric patches onto the front of the quilt, and then transfer the quilt pattern from the back to the front, mark with pins, scratch and quilt. I made the interesting discovery that the ochre color of the binding and in the trees was originally a yellow-green similar to the backing (or maybe the same as the backing). I guess that’s known as “fugitive blue”. I began the restoration on May 25, 2001 and worked on it till June 6. For company reasons it was put away till June 25 and finished early in the day on July 1, 2001. A special trip to California to deliver the quilt was scheduled July 23-25, 2001. Joanne Gasperik” [signed]

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
021a

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
Delectable Mountains - detail
OwnerNameF010
Delectable Mountains
OverallWidthF12a
85 inches
OverallLengthF012b
101 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Gold
Green
White
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
DamageF016
Stains
OtherDamageF016a
Small black inkstain in center block between two lower birds. A dog tore the quilt along its right-hand side in January 2001, after this photo was taken. The tear was repaired by Joanne Gasperik summer 2001.
RepairsF017
Patched with new fabrics
RepairHistF018
Susan Salser has a set of photographs of the damage done to the quilt (by her dog) on January 4, 2001 when the quilt was still at her house years after the Ravenswood quilt show and Gasperik quilt photo shoot of 1992. Joanne Gasperik offered to repair the appalling 42" long by 6" wide tear running along half of the right side of the quilt through its lower right corner. Joanne's initial reaction, recorded in an e-mail to Susan dated 1/12/2001 reads (in an effort to cheer Susan up) "The quilt is not as bad as I thought! Really. I don't want to make light of it. It's going to be quite a task, especially the reverse stitching. There is one green and one brown swatch that I actually have to replace. There are three areas of background fabric, where I'll have to make a seam to replace the torn area. The other areas are small pieces which were pieced in, and I merely replace that whole trapezoid area, seam to seam. The green border simply requires a small 1" rectangle inserted. The same with the binding. Cherrywood had the precise darker green of the border and a pretty good match of the binding (which actually was a fugitive lime, but is now a light ochre. They didn't have the brown, which is a reddish dark brown. The background should be no problem. It looks like a fairly common light creamy color. They also had the perfect match of the backing. Whatever they had I ordered today…” Susan Salser wants to record here that she feels deeply responsible for the damage to ‘Delectable Mountains’ and is eternally grateful to her cousin David Gasperik, the quilt’s owner, for his understanding and forgiveness. And to her cousin Joanne Gasperik, who did such a heart-felt AND skillful job of fixing the damage and restoring the quilt she wants to say “Thank you and bless you” from the bottom of her heart. Please consult the material entered by Susan Salser and recorded by Joanne Gasperik under “Essay” to read the entire essay written by Joanne Gasperik about the history of this quilt and recording the details of her repair. This material is preserved as a printed cloth label sewn by Joanne to the back of the repaired quilt when she finished her work on July 1, 2001, just above Mary Gasperik’s own address label.
TypeInscripF019
Date
ContInscripF020
1953
MethodInscripF021
In the quilting
OtherMethodInscripF021a
2 cloth labels sewn to back: 1) an original Mary Gasperik East Hazelcret address exhibit label and 2) a printed description of the quilt's repair and history, by Joanne Gasperik attached in 2001.
LocInscripF022
multiple locations
OtherLocInscripF022a
1953 quilted on front, 2 fabric labels sewn to back.
DateQuiltF023
1950-1975
FamDateF023c
Not certain
OtherExDateF023d
Not certain
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
This may be a quilt that she pieced in the 1930s and finished in the 1950s.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
ArrangeBlockF028
On point or rotated on 45 degrees
NumBlockPatF030
3
BlockStyleF030a
Triangles
NumBordersF033
Two
BordDescF034
One narrow outer border of plain fabric, inside of which is a border of pieced Pine Tree blocks.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
UniqueF038h
It appears that on 3 different quilts Gasperik used a yellow-green or lime green backing: #011 (an undated Indiana Wreath), #021 (this Delectable Mountains, which is dated 1953) and #030 (Indian Feather Star, an undated quilt). If these quilts are ever reunited, they should be compared, to see if that fabric matches and can help date the two undated quilts. In this connection, it should be noted that the four applique birds in the center medallion of this quilt use the same pattern (as yet unidentified) as the trios of bluebirds hovering on the Gasperik's four 'Indiana Wreath' quilts.

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Green
DescBackF043
Solid/plain

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrColorF049b
white
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid/crosshatch
Grid square
Single parallel lines
DesignF052b
Feathering
Other
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
Parallel lines
Other
DesignF052d
A corner section taken from quilting block pattern number Q400 is quilted 16 times, radiating out from the center of the quilt. This design was published in the 1932 booklet "Colonial Quilts" published by H. Ver Mehren (Des Moines, IA). The pattern of slender leafs arranged like windmill paddles looks exactly like a picture Gasperik would have seen in her copy of Old Patchwork Quilts, by Ruth E. Finley. Salser has her grandmother's pencil-marked well worn copy of this book. A quilt called "Double Pyramid", shown as Plate 10 in the book, shows such a quilted pattern and in the text Finley remarks on this feature of the quilt. There are pencil marks on this page of Gasperik's book. The two doves quilted facing each other at the top of the quilt, appear to be copied from Carrie Hall (page 74, Plate XII, No. 7 'Dove of Peace'). The feather corner quilted 12 times around the center block (between the frame with the birds and the frame beginning the fern quilting) is either pattern B5 from WLM Clark "Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns" booklet #32, or pattern No. 83, page 5, from Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns. The single fern leaf quilted in numerous trianges, from Aunt Martha's Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?'", where it is described as "pattern C5573 Fern quilting design with border to match. For a very pretty effect pad the quilting. Border is 3" wide. Both on one pattern. 12" 30 cents". The quilted cornucopia spilling a triple-leaf fern (found quilted twice into the top corner areas of the quilt) is a motif Gasperik quilted onto several of her quilts (including Indiana Wreath #011, Indians (Michael) #019, and Bridal Bouquet #064).

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Gasperik used 3 Nancy Cabot patterns published in Chicago Tribune in 1933-34 - Delectable Mountains, Pine Tree and Tree of Paradise. It is interesting to note that the center pine tree at the top of Gasperik's quilt, the Nancy Cabot pattern called Tree of Paradise is a close copy of the pine tree design presented in the very first Nancy Cabot column published by The Chicago Tribune January 22, 1933: "Tribune Inaugurates New Pattern Service for Patchwork Devotees: 1933 Heirlooms Are Now Being Made Ready for Generation of Future". A photograph of the antique quilt, along with its current owner, the Chicago granddaughter of the quiltmaker, is featured. The column announces that this pattern (and a lone star pattern) were to be the very first patterns offered by Nancy Cabot through The Chicago Tribune. In her quilts, Gasperik many times employed significant symbols of American quilts, showing that she paid close attention to the quilt information popularized in newspapers, books and magazines available at the time. A full-size quilt in this layout won 3rd place at the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest--and an illustration of the quilt was included in the Alice Beyer "Quilting" booklet used by Tuley Park Quilt Club as a quilting manual. Another source for the pieced (larger) Pine Tree at the center top of the quilt is Detroit News Pine Tree pattern ID-42. Pattern ID-42 is featured in the October 29, 1936 newspaper (page 30) and the leaflet could have been picked up by Gasperik at any of the 3 Detroit quilt shows subsequent to this date, which she attended.

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 Doris Gasperik during a division of Gasperik quilts after Mary died, Doris later gave this quilt to her son Davd.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Personal enjoyment
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
Commercial/Published source: Book
Commercial/Published source: Newspaper
OthTopSourceF064a
Detroit News Pine Tree block pattern ID-42
PattSourceF065
Published material
OthPattSourceF065a
Slender leaves in windmills probably copied from Plate 10 in Ruth Finley book (1929). Gasperik's copy of Finley's book had pencil marks on this page.
CommSourceF065b
Quilting Design Q400 (15-inch) in Colonial Quilts by H. Ver Mehren--used 16 times radiating out from the birds.
AddNotesF066
Other quilting designs come from WLM Clark "Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns" Booklet #32 and/or Needleart Guild's "Original Master Quilting Patterns" (#83 - Corner Feather Designs)

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
Illinois State Fair 1953. The family has a yellow paper exhibit paper tag reading "Delectable Mountains by Mrs. M. Gasperik". It isn't certain that this tag was pinned to quilt #020. That tag might constitute supporting evidence that there was in fact an earlier Gasperik 'Delectable Mountains' quilt. As far as Salser is aware, Gasperik quilts were last shown at the February 1949 Tuley Park quilt show, whereas quilt #020 is dated 1953. "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik" Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.

Contests entered

ContestListF071a
Illinois State Fair, 1953, first prize ribbon

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
David Gasperik
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
The Detroit News, October 29, 1936, p. 30 "Pine Trees on Quilt or Tree of Paradise", announcing Pine Tree Quilt Pattern ID-42. The East Hazelcrest News issue No. 18, dated Sept. 23,1953, published by American Legion Post 1139 mentions that "one of the women of our village, Mrs. Stephen Gasperik, was awarded 2 first prizes & a second prize at the Ill. State Fair for her quilts. The 2 first were given for her "Delectable Mountain" quilt & "Bridal Bouquet". The second place ribbon was placed on her "Indiana Wreath”. Last year she won a 1st & two 3rds. Quilting is almost a lost art, requiring a tremendous amount of patience & skill with a needle." Elmer Gasperik heirs, private collection. A b/w family photo (undated) showing Mary Gasperik standing next to this quilt with its attached ribbon was probably taken at the 1953 Illinois State Fair quilt display.

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
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
AddNotesF132
See introductory essay.

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
021a
ImageConF075a
center closeup shows quilting well - MG added - bird which also appears on Indiana Wreath quilts
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
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Quilt Index
Resource Type
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