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Gasperik, Mar. Double Feather Star. 1937 circa. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-107. Accessed: 08/01/21
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This quilt was one of four quilts Gasperik entered in the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show and Contest. She won four Detroit Honorable Mention ribbons that year. Mary Gasperik made at least three versions of the quilt she called Double Feather Star, whose pattern she made from a photograph (of a small portion of an antique quilt called Feather Star with Appliqué) in Marie Webster's book. Mary altered the antique quilt design; and the three surviving quilts differ from each other in pattern arrangement (as well as quilting). To a casual observer, the quilts look alike, but closer inspection reveals differences.
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Mary Gasperik made at least three versions of the quilt she called Double Feather Star. One of these quilts is dated 1935, the other two are undated. Mary experimented with her design; and the three surviving quilts differ from each other in pattern arrangement (as well as quilting), as well as differing from the quilt pattern shown in the Webster photograph. To a casual viewer, the quilts "look the same"; but closer inspection reveals the differences which distinguish these quilts. The following is Salser's summary of these design differences. The Gasperik Double Feather Star quilts AND the Webster Feather Star with Applique quilt are composed of three different block designs: a pieced feathered star block, an appliquéd quadruple plume block, and an appliqued triple plume set in a vase. A quilt called Harlequin made by Katherine Hamburger of Chicago IL and entered in the 1942 Woman's Day National Needlework Exhibition, utilizes two of these blocks: the pieced star and the triple plume. Harlequin was offered as a quilt pattern by Woman's Day in 1943, along with patterns of 5 other quilts entered in that contest.
Salser believes Hamburger and Gasperik probably knew each other. Just before the 5th Detroit Quilt Show Director Edith Crumb wrote: (The Detroit News, September 1, 1938, page 20) Detroit Quilt "I wonder if Mrs. K. Hamburger and her friends will come over from Chicago for the three days as they did last year?" In her column of September 20, 1938 (The Detroit News, p. 12) Edith wrote about Gasperik as follows: "Yesterday a letter was received from Mrs. Mary Gasperik, 9314 Cottage Grove avenue, Chicago, saying she is sending over five finished quilts and two tops and, of course, she is coming to the show too. Last year she spent three days with us and brought two of her friends with her." Salser believes there is a strong likelihood that Mrs. Hamburger was one of those Gasperik two quilting friends who accompanied Gasperik to the 1937 Detroit Quilt Show from Chicago. She believes it is likely that Gasperik shared her Double Feather Star pattern with Hamburger, allowing Katherine to create her own interpretation of the antique quilt, an interpretation which she submitted to the 1942 National Needlework Exhibition sponsored by Woman's Day. Although the Hamburger variation of Gasperik's Double Feather Star (itself arguably a variation of Marie Webster's antique quilt) was not awarded a prize, it was selected as one of the six quilt patterns (which included two very famous quilts: the Stenge Victory Quilt and the Eisfeller Garden quilt) to be marketed as a set of prizewinning quilt patterns from that national quilt competition. Among the surviving papers of Mary Gasperik is a small undated newspaper clipping about Mrs. Hamburger. Also among these papers are three copies of the Woman's Day pattern for Harlequin. Salser compared the pattern sizes and shapes to those on her grandmother's Double Feather Star (#045) quilt and found they match. For this reason Salser includes Harlequin in this discussion of the variations of Gasperik's Double Feather Star quilt design.
(1) Feathered Star block. The orientations of the small blocks forming the 8 endpoints of the feathered star of the Webster quilt and the Gasperik Double Feather Star #006 are rotated such that the dark triangles point inwards. Those endpoint blocks are rotated such that the dark triangles point outwards in the Gasperik Double Feather Star (#045) quilt, in the Gasperik quilt top which arrived too late for the 1935 show (pictured in the February 11, 1936 Detroit News, where it is described as having been made in black and white fabrics), in the black and white Double Feather Star (#081) which survives as an unquilted top, in the tissue paper pattern included in the Frances Purcell papers, and in the pattern called Harlequin offered by Woman's Day in 1943.
(2) The block with the appliquéd triple plume in a pot. The center plume faces left in the Webster quilt, in Gasperik quilt #006, in the Gasperik quilt #081, in the Gasperik quilt top which arrived too late for the 1935 show (pictured in the February 11, 1936 Detroit News) and which is probably the same as #081, in the sketch made by Frances Purcell at the 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show (whose envelope describes the sketched quilt as having been made by Mrs. Gasperick [sic] of Chicago in red and white), and in the pattern called Harlequin offered in 1943 by Woman's Day. It faces right in Gasperik quilt #045.
(3) The block with four appliquéd plumes. In all 3 surviving Gasperik Double Feather Star quilts, in the Gasperik quilt photographed for the February 11, 1936 Detroit News, and in the Harlequin quilt pattern contributed by Katherine Hamburger of Chicago to Woman's Day, these plumes are set pointed toward the corners of the block. In the Webster quilt those plumes are positioned pointing at the sides of the block. In the 1937 Frances Purcell sketch it is unclear where she wanted those plumes to point because she failed to draw the sides of the block. Perhaps this was because she could not reconcile this detail of the photograph in her copy of Webster with the Gasperik quilt she saw hanging in the show. Those four plumes face clockwise in Gasperik quilt #045, in the (surviving) black and white quilt top, and in the quilt (or quilt top) photographed for the February 11, 1936 Detroit News. They face counter-clockwise in Gasperik quilt #006, in the Frances Purcell sketch, and in the Webster quilt. The Hamburger/Harlequin quilt does not include this block. The Webster quilt ends with a row of triple plume blocks. The Gasperik quilts all end with a row of quadruple plume blocks.
The orientation of the small curved plumes appliquéd in the corners of each of these quilts is another way to distinguish these quilts. The point of this discussion is to argue that each quilt, in this universe of similar-looking Double Feather Star quilts, is purposely uniquely constructed. The maker intended to make them distinguishable.
A completely different-looking Gasperik quilt, Indian Feather Star (#030) must be included in this discussion of Gasperik Double Feather Star quilts. Having worked so hard to create a pieced feather star block pattern based on Feather Star with Applique (the quilt fragment presented by Webster as Figure 35), Mary Gasperik re-used and transformed this same pattern to make Indian Feather Star (quilt #030). Although the Gasperik Indian Feather Star is inspired by a different Webster antique quilt photograph (Figure 19, called Feather Star) it in fact uses the same feather star block pattern. At first glance, the Gasperik Indian Feather Star appears to be unrelated to the 3 Gasperik Double Feather Star quilts. In reality all four quilts use the same pattern - a pattern Gasperik recreated, perhaps in 1935, from Webster's photograph of an 1835 quilt called Feather Star with Applique. Katherine Hamburger and Woman's Day, in 1942-43, again recreated the antique quilt, this time presenting it as a modern design. Mary Gasperik's Double Feather Star quilt pattern is probably the link between the 1835 antique quilt and the 1943 modern quilt pattern.
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Mary Gasperik Legacy Project
Who documented this quilt?
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS: Enter the main control number for this item you are entering. For a museum, this will probably be your acquisition number. It may be the number given to the quilt by the state or county project.
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QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Enter the name given to the quilt by the maker. Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts. If the quilt has no title, leave this field blank.
Double Feather Star
OWNER'S NAME FOR QUILT'S PATTERN: Enter the name given to the quilt by the owner. This can be the name the family used to refer to the quilt as it passed through different generations, e.g. "Aunt Susie's quilt" or a pattern name that the owner used.
Double Feather Star
ALTERNATE NAME(S) FOR QUILT'S PATTERN IN COMMON USE: This is the name of the quilt pattern that it is commonly used among quilt makers and historians. It may be different in different regions of the country.
Feather Star With Applique (Marie Webster)
BRACKMAN NUMBER: If you have used Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns or Applique to identify the pattern, enter the number assigned by Brackman here.
OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)
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SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.
SHAPE OF CORNERS: Choose the best description for the corners of the quilt.
PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.
OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
Very good/almost new
DAMAGE TO QUILT: Use this field to describe specific damage to the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER DAMAGE TO QUILT: If you chose Other, please describe the damage.
There is one small brownish stain in the middle of the left side white border of this quilt.
TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe the type of inscription here. This is not the field for the actual inscription, just the type of inscription.
cloth exhibit label sewn to back
CONTENT OF INSCRIPTION(S): Enter the exact inscription here, including dates in the same form in which they appear on the quilt. Do not correct any spellings. If you are unsure of a letter or name, place a (?) to indicate uncertainty.
MARY GASPERIK 1411 W 174th STREET EAST HAZELCREST ILLINOIS
METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.
TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.
DATE FINISHED: Enter the date the quilt was finished (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965). Leave blank if you don't know.
OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
Mary’s daughter Elsie Krueger typed up a list of “Gasperik quilts belonging to Elsie and family” when she was worried about the quilts’ fate in the East Hazelcrest house’s attic during her mother’s final decline; and she was bringing them to her house to ensure their survival. On that list Elsie typed “Maroon Leaf Design 1954”” –this means that a 1954 date was already associated with this quilt.
OTHER DATE ESTIMATION BY WHOM: Enter the name and/or title of the person who estimated the quilt's date for field 23d.
FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING DATE(S): If you know anything else about the date the quilt was made, please tell the story.
This quilt was seen and its block design sketched (and attributed to "Mrs. Gasperick [sic], Chicago" by Frances Purcell at the 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show.
LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.
NUMBER OF QUILT BLOCKS: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Some blocks are harder to count than others (e.g. Storms at Sea, Double Wedding Ring). If needed, describe how the blocks were counted or if there are half blocks/corner blocks
18 whole blocks, 10 half blocks
ARRANGEMENT OF QUILT BLOCKS: BLOCK ORIENTATION: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks appear in the quilt.
On point or rotated on 45 degrees
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BLOCK PATTERNS PRESENT: Enter the number of different block patterns used in the quilt.
NUMBER OF BORDERS: Borders are the strips of fabric that are added after the blocks (and sashings) are put together. They appear on the outside edges of the quilt. Quilts often have multiple borders. Enter the number of borders on the quilt.
BORDER DESCRIPTION: Describe the style of the borders (i.e. pieced, appliqued, stenciled) and the width of each border, from the inside to the outside.
Plain frame in off-white solid cotton fabric
FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
FABRIC PATTERNS, STYLES, MOTIFS, OR PRINT CATEGORIES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Print; Solid/plain; Other
OTHER FIBER, FABRIC, OR FABRIC PRINT TYPES USED: Describe any fibers used in the quilt top that do not appear in Field 37, including any unique characteristics of fiber, fabric, or fabric prints used. There is a separate Field (38g) for embellishments.
The one print fabric used is white stars of varying sizes on maroon background
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: APPLIQUE TECHNIQUES: Choose the applique method used to construct the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no applique appears on the quilt.
FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
COLOR OF BACKING: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt backing. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
FABRIC STRUCTURE USED IN BINDING: Choose the fabric structure used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
WIDTH OF QUILT BINDING: Choose the width (in inches) of the binding of the quilt. Measure from the front side only.
less than a half inch
MATERIAL USED FOR QUILT BATTING OR FILLING: Choose the fiber content that best describes the material used to fill the quilt.
QUILTING TECHNIQUES USED: Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
THREAD TYPE: Describe the fiber content or type of quilting thread used on the quilt.
THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: MOTIFS/OVERALL PATTERNS: Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if none of the designs appear on the quilt.
Grid/crosshatch; In-the-ditch; Patches outlined/in the ditch; Single parallel lines
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if none of the designs appear on the quilt.
Feathering; Floral; Other
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: BACKGROUND FILL PATTERNS: Choose the background quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if none of the designs appear on the quilt.
Grid/crosshatch; Parallel lines
PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.
A five-pointed star quilting motif appears in the feathered-star blocks; borders contain feathered quilting which connect with a floral corner motif. A flattened 10-petal flower is quilted into the interior blocks of this quilt.
QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.
QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.
CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.
COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.
STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.
COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.
HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if you don't know how the owner acquired the quilt.
OCCASION, DATE, PERSON INHERITED FROM, ETC: If the quilt was inherited, enter any information you know about the inheritance. Skip the question if the quilt was not passed on through a family.
Selected by Doris Gasperik during a division of Gasperik quilts after Mary died.
QUILT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO BE USED AS: Not all quilts were made for beds. Choose how the quilt was originally used. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER PREVIOUS USE(S) OF QUILT: If the quilt was used for something other than what it is used for now, please describe. Example: Revolutionary War era ladies wore quilted skirts that were sometimes remade into quilts.
This quilt may have been made to compete in the Detroit News Quilt Show, where it was exhibited in 1937.
QUILT IS PRESENTLY USED AS: Choose how the quilt is being used by the present owner. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER PRESENT USE(S) OF QUILT: If you chose Other, please explain the quilt's present use.
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.
SOURCE OF QUILT'S MATERIALS: Choose how the quilt maker acquired the fabric for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
QUILT TOP PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Another quilt; Commercial/Published source: Book; Original to maker; Traditional pattern variation
QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for the quilting design used in this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
COMMERCIAL QUILTING DESIGN SOURCE NAME: If you know the commercial name of the quilting design used for this quilt, please enter it. This may include books, magazines, newsletters, pattern companies, etc.
H. Ver Mehren/Home Art Studios #517/Q517B feather border in Colonial Quilts (also sold as Needleart Guild patterns #88 and #93).
ANY ADDITIONAL NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILT'S DESIGN OR MATERIALS SOURCE: Describe anything about the design of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.
Mary's daughter Elsie Krueger helped her mother make the pattern for this quilt based on a photograph of a portion of an antique quilt presented by Marie D. Webster in Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them. The photograph follows text page 66 in the book and its caption reads "FEATHER STAR WITH APPLIQUE."
EXHIBITIONS (LIST ALL): List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed including: Title, Location, Dates, Venue of Exhibit and Catalog Title or publications, if applicable. Use this field for all information.
Detroit News Quilt Show, April 16-18, 1937.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.
Tuley Park Quilt Show, October 30, 1936
Illinois State Fair, unknown year, where this or another Gasperik Double Feather Star won a first prize.
CONTESTS ENTERED (LIST ALL): List contest entered including: Contest Name, Location, Dates, Awards or Prizes, and Contest Catalog or Publications, if applicable. Use this field for all contests.
Detroit News Quilt Show, 1937
Illinois State Fair, 1954
Of the four Honorable Mention ribbons awarded to Mary in 1937, this is the only one still in the family collection.
This tag was made for a competition. The best guess is the Detroit News Quilt Show in 1937.
First prize 1954 Illinois State Fair.
OTHER RELATED ITEMS SUCH AS IMAGE, ORAL HISTORY, OR EPHEMERA: Use this box to list other materials that exist about this quilt. This may include oral history, articles, additional photos or publications, etc.
Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, Marie D. Webster, Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc., 1928, 'Feather Star with Applique' facing page 66.
Detroit News, February 11, 1936, p24 "There Are 1467 Pieces in This Charming Top", by Edith B. Crumb. (scan of newspaper microfilm in collection of Susan Salser).
Cardboard exhibit tags for 2 different Double Feather Star quilts, probably made for 1937 Detroit News quilt show (Gasperik archive).
Detroit News, September 1, 1938, page 20 "Quilters Urged to Hurry With Entries to Show" by Edith B. Crumb: "I wonder if Mrs. K. Hamburger and her friends will come over from Chicago for the three days as they did last year? We also have friends who come from Indiana..."
Detroit News, September 20, 1938 page 12 "Bureau Open for Quilts on Wednesday" by Edith B. Crumb: "Yesterday a letter was received from Mrs. Mary Gasperik, 9314 Cottage Grove avenue, Chicago, saying she is sending over five finished quilts and two tops and, of course, she is coming to the show too. Last year she spent three days with us and brought two of her friends with her."
Detroit News, October 9, 1938, page 4 "Quilt Show Sets Record of 18,000 Visitors in Hall", by Garnet Warfel. "A base ball fan, Mrs. Gasperik went to the opening Chicago game of the 1935 World Series. There, on her seat, she found a Detroit News and read about Miss Crumb's Quilt Club. The next year Mrs. Gasperik came to the quilt show. She came back in 1937 with four quilts to exhibit. She received four honorable mentions. This year, she took a big prize. Mrs. Gasperik is Hungarian, but has lived in America 32 years."
Papers and patterns of Frances Purcell (Collection of Merikay Waldvogel).
Woman's Day, March 1943, pages 24-29 "Prize-Winning Applique". "This is the first in a new series of articles on American needlework, in which we will reproduce and give directions for making many of the pieces entered in the Woman's Day National Needlework Exhibition, held last November in Madison Square Garden." Page 29 photograph shows a small portion of "Harlequin".
"Prize-Winning Applique" from the Home Service Department of Woman's Day. The Spool Cotton Company - March 1943. Includes 2 pattern blocks, overall layout and directions for making Harlequin Quilt (design F of 6 printed patterns).
Undated newspaper clipping reading (probably 1954): "Mrs. Stephen Gasperik, our local quilting expert, continued her winning ways at the Illinois State Fair this year by winning 2 first and a second prize on her three entries. A first was awarded her "Double Feather Star" design which she copied from a book. It was originally designed in 1835 by a bridegroom for his bride. Another first went to her beautifully original "Indians Boys" which she made for her grandson. A second prize was awarded to her "Dutch Girl" which she made for her granddaughter." Although undated, the clipping likely refers to the 1954 Illinois State Fair because of the reference to the Indians quilt. The family has a 1954 Illinois State Fair blue ribbon bearing a designation that it went to Michael Gasperik's 'Indians' quilt. (in family's Mary Gasperik archive).
Old undated b/w family photo shows a quilt exactly like quilt #006, which belonged to Doris Gasperik, airing on a clothesline in what looks like Doris and Elmer Gasperik's back yard in Chicago. (in family's Mary Gasperik archive)
In a family Chicago Park District photograph dated 10-30-36, taken at a Tuley Park quilt show 4 Gasperik quilts can be spotted: the 1935 Double Feather Star (#045), Four Little Pigs (#057), Laurel Wreath (#067) and Wedding Bouquet (#074). (in family's Mary Gasperik archive)
AVAILABLE SOURCES FOR QUILTMAKER: List other source materials about this quiltmaker such as photos, oral histories, book or newspaper publications, fame for some other reason or event.
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.
OWNERSHIP OF THIS QUILT IS: Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection.
NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.
Elmer Gasperik heirs (Contact Kathy Jacob)
QUILT OWNER COUNTRY: Country of current quilt owner
AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE: The person who brought the quilt for documentation is the source. Enter his/her name here.
Author/researcher; Blood relative of quiltmaker
RELATIONSHIP OF SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT: Choose the best description of the relationship of the source to the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER INFORMATION ON SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT: If you chose other, please describe how the quilt maker participated in the design.
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.
QUILTMAKER'S MAIDEN NAME: Enter the maiden name of the quilt maker.
GENDER: Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s). Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
BIRTH DATE: Enter the birth date of the quilt maker (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
DEATH DATE, IF APPLICABLE: Enter the date of death of the quilt maker (if applicable, as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
QUILTMAKER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND/TRIBAL AFFILIATION: Enter the ethnic background or tribal affiliation of the quilt maker.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Enter the last level of education completed by the quilt maker.
QUILT MAKER'S COUNTRY OF BIRTH: Select the quilt maker's country of birth, if known.
IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP: Choose the kind of environment the quilt maker(s) are from. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
COUNTY: Enter the county where the quilt maker lives/lived.
CITY: Enter the city where the quilt maker lives/lived.
STATE: Enter the state where the quilt maker lives/lived.
COUNTRY: Enter the country where the quilt maker lives/lived.
FATHER'S NAME: Enter the name of the quilt maker's father.
FATHER'S BIRTHPLACE: Enter the birthplace of the quilt maker's father.
FATHER'S ETHNIC/TRIBAL BACKGROUND: Enter the ethnic background or tribal background of the quilt maker's father.
MOTHER'S NAME: Enter the name of the quilt maker's mother.
MOTHER'S BIRTHPLACE: Enter the birthplace of the quilt maker's mother.
MOTHER'S ETHNIC/TRIBAL BACKGROUND: Enter the ethnic background or tribal background of the quilt maker's mother.
SPOUSE'S/SPOUSES' ETHNIC/TRIBAL BACKGROUND(S): Enter the ethnic background or tribal background of the quilt maker's spouse.
SPOUSE'S/SPOUSES' OCCUPATION(S): Enter the occupation of the quilt maker's spouse.
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher
NUMBER OF CHILDREN: Enter the number of children of the quilt maker.
NUMBER OF FEMALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of daughters of the quilt maker.
1 (Elsie 1909-1988)
NUMBER OF MALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of sons of the quilt maker.
2 (Elmer and Stephen)
HOW DID THE QUILTMAKER LEARN TO QUILT: Choose the way(s) the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
From guild or club member; Self-Taught
WHEN LEARNED TO QUILT (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY): Choose the age when the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT: Choose the best explanation(s) for why the quilt maker makes quilts. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER, WHY THE QUILTMAKER QUILTS: If you chose Other, explain the why the quilt maker quilts.
To exhibit in shows held by her Tuley Park quilt club in Chicago, the Detroit News quilt show in Detroit, many Illinois State Fairs, at least one Indiana State Fair. She entered quilts in at least 2 Chicago department store contests. She made at least one quilt and one quilt top specifically for the 1939 New York Worlds Fair quilt contest. She also made children's quilts specifically for grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and wedding and wedding anniversary quilts for her son Elmer and grand-daughter Karen. Primarily, she wanted to make quilts because it was her life passion and her greatest talent. The occasions and venues to show them presented themselves. It should be noted that prior to Mary's emigration to America in late 1904, at age 16, she was an apprenticed needleworker in her native Hungary. The intricate and colorful floral embroideries traditional to Hungary lend themselves especially well to applique, the quilt style Mary preferred.
NAME OF QUILTING GROUP: If the quilt maker belongs to a group, enter the name of the group.
LOCATION OF GROUP: Enter where the group meets. Include the name of the building, city, county, and state.
Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI
SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES/EVENTS OF QUILTING GROUP: Enter activities the group participates in.
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt shows; Detroit group held national exhibits and contests.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF QUILTS MADE BY THIS QUILTER: Choose the number that approximates how many quilts the quilt maker has made.
more than 50
DOES/DID QUILTMAKER SELL QUILTS: Has the quilt maker ever sold a quilt or sold quilting services?
DOES/DID QUILTMAKER TEACH QUILTING: Is the quilt maker also a quilt teacher?
DESCRIBE THE QUILTMAKER'S UNIQUE OR FAVORITE MATERIALS, PATTERNS, QUILTING TECHNIQUES, ETC: Enter the types of patterns, techniques and styles preferred by the quilt maker.
Mary Gasperik's quilts are unique in that she often combine ideas and patterns which she gathered from a multitude of sources. In this case, she used a photo from a history of quilts book to which she added a commercial quilting design.
PHOTO CREDIT: Credit for photographer.
ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.
FOR HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT, CONTACT: Enter the name of the person or institution that owns the copyright to the image.
Detroit News Quilt History Project
Detroit News Quilt History Project
With its Quilt Club Corner column, association of registered members, sponsorship of an annual quilt show, and underwriting of a quilting program on WWJ-radio, The Detroit News played a major role in quilting in the 1930s.
Quilts Made from Marie Webster Pattern...
Quilts Made from Marie Webster Patterns
Marie Daugherty Webster was an American quilt designer and historian. She lived in Marion, Indiana and created quilt patterns for the Ladies Home Journal starting in 1911. They often featured pastel colors and botannically accurate flowers and leaves.
Mary Gasperik and the Detroit...
Mary Gasperik and the Detroit News "Quilt Club Corner"
May; 12; 2005
Gasperik 02: Antique Quilt Design Sour...
Gasperik 02: Antique Quilt Design Sources
May; 12; 2005
Mary Gasperik (1888-1969): Her Lif...
Mary Gasperik (1888-1969): Her Life and Her Quilts
May; 12; 2005
There Are 1467 Pieces in This Charming...
Crumb, Edith B.
There Are 1467 Pieces in This Charming Top
Crumb, Edith B.
February; 11; 1936
A Quilt Club Corner column including a coupon for Quilt Club membership, letters from Quilt Club members, and a list of Quilt Club members.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
In 1992, three of Mary Gasperik's granchildren, worked with other family members to present the quilts of their grandmother.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
March; 14; 1992
An exhibit catalog for a display of quilts made by Mary Gasperik at Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, California. March 14-15, 1992.
A sketch of a quilt pattern made by Mary Gasperik.
Mrs. Stephen Gasperik…
Chicago area newspaper
Mrs. Stephen Gasperik…
Chicago area newspaper
Announcement of Gasperik winning prizes at the Illinois State Fair.
Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame In...
Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame Induction Exhibit
July; 22; 2021
The Mary Gasperik Hall of Fame Exhibit, was held at the Marion Public Library from July 15-17, 2021 as part of the Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration 2021.
Chicago; Illinois; United States
Mary Gasperik made more than 80 quilts while living in Chicago at the height of the quilt revival of the 1930s and 40s.18-47-2
Double Feather St...
Double Feather St...