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Cottage Behind the Hill; House Behind the Hill

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QUILT INDEX RECORD

18-14-108

DESCRIPTION:

This is an Aunt Martha pattern Gasperik made to take to the Quilt Club Corner at a Detroit News Quilt Show. She attended her first such show in October 1935 and returned for every one held thereafter. A special corner was set up in the exhibition hall, with chairs and tables where quilters gathered to meet, visit, and exchange patches. The Club's director, Edith B. Crumb, shared names, addresses and news from club members in her chatty quilt columns published in The Detroit News. The pattern is called "The Cottage Behind the Hill" and can be found in the Aunt Martha catalog Prize Winning Designs: Many Quilt Patterns Never Before Published, on page 4.

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.

086

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Quilt blocks or pieces

QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts.

Cottage Behind the Hill

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.

House Behind the Hill

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.

58.18

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is.

inches

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is.

inches

PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): Enter all colors that are found in the quilt.

Green; Pink; White

OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.

Multicolor

OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Excellent/like new

TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt.

Date; Single

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. Chcago' -Ill 1936. [Note- the mis-spelling of the word Chicago is Gasperik's own, reflecting her difficulty with English]

DATE OF INSCRIPTION: Enter the date found on the quilt.

1936

METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt.

Embroidery

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.

1930-1949

DATE FINISHED: Enter the date the quilt was finished.

1936

FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT: If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date.

1936

OTHER DATE ESTIMATION BY WHOM: Enter the name and/or title of the person who estimated the quilt's date for field 23d.

Merikay Waldvogel

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top.

Cotton

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.

Print; Solid/plain

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: EMBELLISHMENT TECHNIQUES: Choose the embellishment technique used to make the quilt.

Embroidery

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back.

Cotton

MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding.

Cotton

QUILTING TECHNIQUES USED: Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together.

Hand quilting

QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top.

Gasperik, Mary

QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top.

Gasperik, Mary

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made.

Chicago

COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made.

Cook County

STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made.

Illinois (IL)

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made.

United States

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.

COMMERCIAL SOURCE NAME(S): If you know the commercial name of the pattern used for this quilt, please enter it. This may include books, magazines, newsletters, pattern companies, computer software programs, and kits.

#365 12 The Cottage Behind the Hill. By Mrs. F. L. Anderson, Kearney, Neb., page 4 Prize Winning Designs: Many Quilt Patterns Never Before Published (from Aunt Martha).

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.

“Cottage Behind the Hill” was also offered as a 14” appliqué pillow pattern C365 on page 30 of Aunt Martha Favorites Old and New - A New Book of 35 Quilt and Quilting Patterns (1932).

OTHER RELATED ITEMS: List other materials that exist about this quilt like oral histories, wills, diaries, or patterns.

Aunt Martha's Prize Winning Designs, ~1933.

Favorites Old and New a New Book of 35 Quilt and Quilting Patterns (1932).

October 22, 1935 Detroit News (p23) describes Gasperik's first visit to a Detroit News Quilt Show "I asked Mrs. S. Gasperick [sic] who came over from Chicago just for the Quilt Show, how she happened to become interested in the Quilt Club Corner and she said that when the Tigers played one of the World Series games in Chicago someone dropped a Detroit News and when she picked it up it was opened at the Quilt Club Corner page and she immediately wrote to us and sent us several quilts for the exhibit. Of course I did not expect that she would attend, but about 6 o'clock Saturday evening she arrived and said that she came over on the bus and intended to stay until the 5 o'clock bus left on Sunday afternoon. She brought a big supply of patches to exchange and I hope that she had a fine time." Detroit News Sept 27, 1936, p11 "Friday, Oct. 9 is to be a special get-together day for all of us Quilt Clubbers in the brand new assembly room in the brand new WWJ Studio building of The Detroit News. It is going to look just like the Quilt Club Corner which we always have at our quilt shows. We are going to have tables, shears, pencils, paper, and that is all any crowd of quilters needs to get a good start. From then on, the afternoon is yours to do with as you wish. I know just what will happen. There will be snipping, clipping, exchanging of patches, patterns and oh! - but won't it be fun?"

Mary Gasperik wrote a letter inviting Detroit News Quilt Club members to exchange friendship blocks.

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:

Private

QUILT OWNER'S COUNTRY:

United States

AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE'S RELATION TO THE QUILT:

Author/researcher; Blood relative of quiltmaker

OTHER RELATIONSHIP TO SOURCE: If you chose Other, for the relationship to the source, describe the relationship here.

Grand-daughter

OTHER INFORMATION ON SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT:

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:

Mihalovits, Maria

QUILTMAKER'S GENDER:

Female

QUILTMAKER'S BIRTH DATE:

01/25/1888

DEATH DATE OF THE QUILTMAKER, IF APPLICABLE:

05/25/1969

QUILTMAKER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

QUILTMAKER'S EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Elementary School

QUILTMAKER'S COUNTRY OF BIRTH:

Hungary

IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP?

Rural

CITY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Chicago

COUNTY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Cook

STATE WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Illinois (IL)

COUNTRY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

United States

QUILTMAKER'S FATHER'S NAME:

Mihalovits, Istvan

FATHER'S BIRTHPLACE:

Hungary

FATHER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

QUILTMAKER'S MOTHER'S NAME:

Mihalovits, Vidoszava

MOTHER'S BIRTHPLACE:

Hungary

MOTHER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

SPOUSE'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

SPOUSE'S OCCUPATION:

Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher

NUMBER OF CHILDREN:

3

NUMBER OF FEMALE CHILDREN:

1 (Elsie 1909-1988)

NUMBER OF MALE CHILDREN:

2 (Elmer and Stephen)

HOW DID THE QUILTMAKER LEARN TO QUILT?

From guild or club member; Self-Taught

WHEN DID THE QUILTMAKER LEARN TO QUILT?

Age 40-49

WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT:

Pleasure; Other

OTHER, WHY THE QUILTMAKER QUILTS:

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.

NAME OF QUILTING GROUP: If the quilt maker belonged to a group, enter the name of the group.

Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club

LOCATION OF GROUP:

Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI

SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES/EVENTS OF QUILTING GROUP: Enter activities the group participated 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:

more than 50

DID THE QUILTMAKER SELL QUILTS?

no

DOES/DID QUILTMAKER TEACH QUILTING: Is the quilt maker also a quilt teacher?

no

PHOTO CREDIT:

Hank Finn

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT IS:

Restricted

HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT:

Karen Finn

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Cite this Quilt

Gasperik, Mar. Cottage Behind the Hill. 1936. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-108. Accessed: 12/03/21

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