Tree of Life #2 - detail


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-B4

a Essay Historical Background

description
To make her Tree of Life quilts Gasperik transformed a McCall crewelwork pattern into an applique quilt pattern with the help of her daughter Elsie. This is the second of the pair of quilts pictured in the 1935 family photograph. See also #082.
essay
Salser's notes indicate that Ruth Stein's married named was Mrs. Ernest Stein and that although Ruth was a Chicago friend, the couple moved to Wisconsin. This information might help locate the quilts, if they still happen to exist.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
083a

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
Tree of Life #2 - detail
OwnerNameF010
Tree of Life #2 - detail
PredomColorsF014
Yellow
Orange
Green
Cream
Brown
Beige or Tan
OverallColorF14b
Dark colors
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Unknown/Not Rated
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
FamDateF023c
1935
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
McCall Kaumagraph #1853 was offered in 1931-32. This Gasperik quilt appears in a family photograph dated 1935.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
Tree of Life
NumBordersF033
One
BordDescF034
Wide rich dark brown border on four sides frames the center panel.

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cannot tell

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Outline
Grid diamond
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
The pair of quilts appearing in a photograph dated 1935 (which, in Elsie's handwriting, also notes they were "given to Ruth Peterson Stein") appear to be the simplest of Gasperik's Tree of Life series. The quiltING is an all-over hanging diamond pattern without Gasperik's usual flourishes and embedded motifs. There appear to be no birds: either quilted or appliqued. This (and its mate, #082) is the simplest - and probably earliest - Gasperik rendition of the McCall design. Although some decorative additions (and substitutions) were made, Gasperik constructed her five Tree of Life quilts from a single universe of fabrics.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
ProvenanceF058a
Gasperik made a pair of Tree of Life Quilts for her friend Ruth Peterson Stein in 1935. Karen Krueger remembers that they were given by Gasperik as a wedding present.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Wedding
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Unknown

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
CommSourceF064b
McCall #1853 Crewelwork Pattern/Tree of Life published in McCall Decorative Arts and Needlework 1931-1932.
AddNotesF066
According to Elsie's cousin, Vilma McClure, Elsie helped Gasperik design the Tree of Life quilts. Elsie's daughters remember that this particular series of quilts, the Tree of Life quilts, seemed to be Elsie's personal favorites of all the quilts her mother made.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
January 9, 1994 letter from Vilma McClure to Susan Salser: "About your mother. She helped design many of the quilts. I particularly remember the family tree quilt. I saw it in the making. I think your mother designed that one. Elsie was most pleased that her mother had such a passion for making quilts. Indeed, Aunt Mary didn't do anything else - literally! Your mother went to Hazelcrest and cleaned her mother's house and did her wash on a regular basis." (Susan Salser, personal collection). Family photograph, b&w, showing a pair of Tree of Life quilts. Written on the back, in Elsie's hand: "1935 Twin Tree of Life made for Ruth Peterson Stein".

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
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

InvenNumF075
083a
ImageConF075a
quilt detail
ImageTypeF076
Black and White
SourceF077
CD-ROM
OtherSourceF077a
~1935 b/w family photo with writing on the back
photocredit079a1
scan montage by Hank Finn
DigDateF079a
2006
CE
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Hank Finn

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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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