Old-Time Nosegay


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-96

a Essay Historical Background

description
This quilt, inscribed with a date of 1939, was destroyed in a 1980 fire. All that remains are some photos. The quilt is based on a Nancy Page Club Series entitled “French Bouquet” which ran in newspapers from 1933-1934. The Detroit News offered the pattern under a different name.
essay
Gasperik followed closely a quilt design named "French Bouquet" made of a series of blocks and a border design that appeared in newspapers nationally (in 1933) through the syndicated Nancy Page Quilt Club. Mary Gasperik probably got her set of blocks as leaflets from the Detroit News since she was an active member, but she also might have seen the same pattern running in a Chicago newspaper. The Detroit News called the series quilt "Old-Time Nosegay." It is important that the pattern was offered by The Detroit News. In October 1935, the time Mary Gasperik first discovered The Detroit News Quilt Club Corner and their not-quite-annual Quilt Show and Contest, it was a requirement (in order to qualify for some of the $500 in prize money) that qualifying quilts be made from patterns offered by The Detroit News. This had been a rule since the contest’s inception in 1933. It continued to be a requirement until the October1938 show, which offered lesser cash prizes in the category “Best Quilt (Not News Pattern)”. By the time of the next (and what turned out to be the last) Detroit News Quilt Contest – May 1940 – the situation had reversed. Although a total of $500 was still being awarded, the lesser prize money - 10 prizes of $5 each – was awarded in the category “best finished quilts made with Detroit News patterns”. If Gasperik’s ‘Nosegay’ went to Detroit and won a prize there, it would have been at this final contest, where it is known that Mary Gasperik was awarded one of those 10 prizes.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
071b

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
Old-Time Nosegay
OwnerNameF010
Nosegay
AltNameF011
French Bouquet - Nancy Page series
BrackmanF011a
#72.4
OverallWidthF12a
Unknown
OverallLengthF012b
Unknown
ShapeEdgeF013
Scalloped
ShapeCornersF013b
Scalloped
PredomColorsF014
Pink
Green
Cream
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
Light or pastel colors
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Unknown/Not Rated
RepairHistF018
Destroyed in a house fire in 1980.
TypeInscripF019
Date
ContInscripF020
1939
MethodInscripF021
In the quilting
OtherLocInscripF022a
Year 1939 was quilted above the quilted basket of fruit and flowers in the center of the pillow-top area of the quilt.
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1939
OtherExDateF023d
1933-34
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Estimated date is based on date when the quilt pattern series ran in 1933-34. Actual quilt was dated 1939.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
OtherSpaceF029a
Gasperik 'blocks' are appliqued onto wholecloth.
NumBlockPatF030
12 different bouquet blocks, 15 dfferent flower blocks
NumBordersF033
2
BordDescF034
Outer border of applique flower blooms; narrower inner border frames the applique blocks.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
Print
EmbellTechF038f
Yes
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
UniqueF038h
Gasperik rearranged the placement of the 12 different Nancy Page bouquets and she angled the placement of her border flowers so that they 'dance' left and right rather than march in the straight up and down order proposed by Nancy Page/Detroit News pattern.

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Patches outlined/in the ditch
Grid diamond
Echo
DesignF052b
Other
Wreaths
DesignF052c
Parallel lines
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
The two doves of peace quilted on either side of the vase are more complicated than the commercial 'Dove of Peace' quiltING pattern and closely resemble the 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). Gasperik quilted this same dove into quilts #013, #020 and #021. In between the two doves Gasperik quilted the outline of one of the quilt's bouquets (the center nosegay in the second row from the top).

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Description of border, quilting designs, etc. is based on the b/w photo of Mary Gasperik sitting at a quilt frame on which this quilt is stretched, and also on a family b/w photograph (undated) of the completed quilt.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Shortly before her death, Mary Gasperik asked daughter Elsie to select 3 quilts for granddaughters Joanne, Charlene and Louise Gasperik. This quilt was one of Elsie's 3 selections. The quilts were given to the girls' mother, Erika Gasperik. This one was subsequently chosen by Joanne.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Art or personal expression
OtherF060a
The grandprize-winning quilt at the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show (which Gasperik attended) was an Old Time Nosegay quilt made from the Detroit News pattern. Gasperik probably wanted make her own (better) version to compete in Detroit.
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion

Quilt design and materials sources

TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Newspaper
CommSourceF064b
Detroit News Pattern Leaflets for Old-Time Nosegay - Series of 30 patterns.
PattSourceF065
Other
OthPattSourceF065a
Dove of Peace probably copied from Carrie Hall Plate XII in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt (1935).
AddNotesF066
It should be noted that the Gasperik quilt is made by appliqueing the bouquet and individual flower commercial blocks onto a whole piece of fabric rather than by assembling the quilt block by block, which is the way newspapers marketed block quilt patterns. She could not have begun this quilt before she had collected the entire set of patterns. The Detroit News/Page pattern included 12 different bouquet blocks (comprising the center panel of the quilt) and 15 different individual flower blocks (comprising the two side borders of the quilt). Making this quilt required more than two dozen appliqué patterns (each of which is complex). The Detroit News offered them, block by block, between December 1933 and July 1934. Salser believes Gasperik probably picked up her set of patterns at the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show where she saw the grandprize-winning Old Time Nosegay quilt made by Elizabeth Aellig of Detroit. In today's quilt language, Gasperik regarded the quilts she saw in Detroit as "challenge" quilts.

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
A yellow paper exhibit tag reading "Nosegay Quilt" by Mrs. M. Gasperik indicates this quilt was included in a Tuley Park quilt show. If it was sent to Detroit, that must have occured in May 1940 (there was no 1939 Detroit News quilt show)

Contests entered

ContestListF071a
Probably won a $5 prize in the category "Best Finished Quilts Made with Detroit News patterns" at the 1940 Detroit News Quilt Contest. 10 such prizes were awarded at the May 1940 (final) Detroit quilt show and Mary Gasperik was awarded one of them. At this same show she won a second prize in the category "best finished applique quilt", probably for her "Hungarian Girls" quilt (#014), which was not made from a Detroit News pattern. More than 2000 quilts were entered in this contest.

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Detroit News clipping: Edith B. Crumb, Quilt Club editor, holding a quilt of this design. Compare to Nancy Page Quilt Club series of 30 blocks: French Bouquet. Overall view of Nancy Page quilt French Bouquet. Photo taken by Elmer Gasperik of his mother seated at her quilting frame in the dining room at 9314 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, working on Nosegay (which looks nearly completed). Elmer Gasperik heirs - private collection. Family b/w photograph of completed Gasperik quilt (undated) - the photograph presented in this quilt record. Color photograph of Gasperik Nosegay hanging on a clothesline is picture #6 on a computer disc sent to Susan Salser by Kathy Jacob, 1/30/2006. Picture #5, on this same disc, is a b/w photo of Nosegay airing on a different clothesline. Neither picture is dated. Original photos in private collection of Elmer Gasperik heirs. Yellow paper exhibit tag for "Nosegay Quilt" (Susan Salser- 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
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
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

InvenNumF075
071b
ImageConF075a
b/w photo - shows quilted dove at top of quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
CD-ROM
photocredit079a1
unknown, famly photo
DigDateF079a
5
14
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
StillImage

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12
29
2008
CE

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