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15-11-54

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Wisconsin Quilt History Project

Who documented this quilt?

Wisconsin Quilt History Project

Wisconsin Quilt History Project Number:

A58

Person filling out this form is:

Quilt owner; Relative of quiltmaker

When was the form filled out?

09-22-2002

Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:

Quilt owner

If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?

Received as a gift

Interviewer:

Clausing, Jean

Where was the quilt documentation day held?

Wisconsin Museum of quilts & fiber arts.

This is a:

Finished quilt

Owner's name for quilt:

Diamond Star

Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Blazing Star, Star of the Bluegrass

Brackman # or other source & #:

3772

How wide is the quilt?

62.5 in.

How long is the quilt?

78 in.

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

What color is the quilt?

Green; Pink; White

Quilt's condition:

Very good/almost new

Damage:

Other

Describe the damage:

quilt was washed and it shrank

Time period:

1930-1949

Family/owner's date for quilt:

c.1930

Describe the quilt's layout:

Other

Number of quilt blocks:

30

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Side by side

Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:

1

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric types used to make the quilt top:

Broadcloth

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Floral; Print; Solid/plain

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?

no

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

What color is the back of the quilt?

Green

Describe the back:

Solid/plain

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Wool

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Grid/crosshatch; Outline

Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:

Other

Describe the quilting designs used:

leaf pattern in large green squares, outline quilting on diamonds in stars.

Quilt top made by:

Bartol, Mary (Marija) Soklic

Quilted by:

Bartol, Mary (Marija) Soklic

Other people who worked on this quilt:

Bartol, Casper

Where the quilt was made, city:

Cicero

Where the quilt was made, state:

Illinois (IL)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Gift

Where did the maker find their pattern?

Another quilt

Describe the source of the pattern:

Copied from quilt seen at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. The original quilt was the winner of the Century of Progress quilt contest.

Where did the quiltmaker find the pattern for the quilting design on the quilt?

Another quilt

Describe anything about the design of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field:

Bernice Bartol Taucher, the quilt maker's daughter, wrote the following about this quilt: "1933 was a difficult year, the worst year of the Great Depression. Work, and therefore income, was irregular, so my family's entertainment was making quilts. And since fabric cost money, most of our quilts were scrap quilts. That year, I visited the Chicago World's Fair with my parents. Because we were quilters, we were especially impressed with the display of prize-winning quilts at the fair. My father took the time to copy the pattern of a quilt that he admired, and later he made cardboard templates that my mother used to piece the quilt. My father even helped with the quilting. To the best of my memory, that quilt was green with very pretty printed fabrics. Our family made many quilts together."

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's state:

Wisconsin (WI)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Soklic

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's birth date:

c.1880

Quiltmaker's occupation:

Hatmaker

Quiltmaker's father's name:

Soklic, Carl

Quiltmaker's mother's name:

Soklic, Marija Zebre

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and /or partner's/partners' name(s):

Bartol, Casper

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and/or partner's/partners' occupation:

tool & die maker

Number of children:

2

How many of the quiltmaker's children were girls?

2

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

Quilt was made by John Taucher's maternal grandmother and was given to owner by Dean Taucher, also a grandson of the quilt maker.

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Cite this Quilt

Bartol, Mary (Marija) Sokli. Diamond Star. 1930-1949. From Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Wisconsin Quilt History Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=15-11-54. Accessed: 06/16/24