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Peach Posy; Peach Posy; Modern Rose Panel (Mary E. McElwain), Modern Rose quilt pattern No. 1039 by Nancy Cabot
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This is one of two quilts Mary Gasperik made using Modern Rose Panel (page 22), a quilt design by Mary McElwain of Walworth, WI in Romance of the Village Quilt. The pattern was offered as a stamped quilt top by the McElwain shop in two fabric selections. Gasperik chose "brown print and peach flowers on eggshell background". Made from kit fabrics and appliqué patterns provided in the Modern Rose boxed kit, this quilt exhibits Mary Gasperik's habit of experimenting with a variety of quiltING patterns and producing overall designs which are unique to each of her quilts.
This pattern appeared in 1934 as an applique block supplied with Rock River Co. (Janesville, WI) batting. A few years later this quilt was offered as a boxed kit in 1936 by the Mary McElwain Quilt Shop. We are certain that these two quilts were made from the kit because the description of the fabrics closely matches the fabric in the quilts. "Suggested colors: brown print and peach flowers on eggshell background, with brown stems and panel binding." The kit cost $11.50. A block with stamped material for a pillow cost just 75 cents.
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.
TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts.
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.
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.
Modern Rose Panel (Mary E. McElwain), Modern Rose quilt pattern No. 1039 by Nancy Cabot
OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is.
OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is.
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): Enter all colors that are found in the quilt.
Brown; Cream; Rust
OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
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.
(barely legible is a cloth address label sewn to the back: MARY GASPERIK and traces of the words "HAZELCREST' and "ILLINOIS" are visible
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.
FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT: If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date.
OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date.
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.
The Rock River Cotton batting wrapper with this McElwain pattern has a copyright of 1934. However, IF she used the McElwain kit, then it probably wasn't made until 1936.
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
Two vertical bands of applique
SPACING RELATIVE TO OTHER BLOCKS: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks are set together.
Strippy or vertical bands (in vertical rows separated by plain vertical bars)
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.
Narrow borders at top and bottom are same size. Borders at right and left are wider and are the same size.
FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top.
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.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: APPLIQUE TECHNIQUES: Choose the applique method used to construct the quilt.
FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back.
MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding.
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.
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top.
PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any other quilting designs that appear on the quilt.
Within cross-hatching and diagonal parallel line background quilting are embedded some patterns which appear in Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns (Grand Rapids, MI): patterns No. 83 and No. 71 (page 5 of the booklet). Double feathered banding (pattern No. 69 from page 8) forms two interior vertical borders; while pattern No. 93 (page 11) forms two vertical outer quilted borders.
ANY OTHER FEATURES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S APPEARANCE, MATERIALS, OR CONSTRUCTION: Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.
The print cotton binding must have been supplied with the kit; Gasperik did not normally bind her quilts with printed cloth. The Gasperik quilt binding matches the brown print of the applique.
QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top.
QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top.
CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made.
COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made.
STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made.
COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made.
HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt.
QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list.
QUILT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO BE USED AS: Choose how the quilt was originally used.
QUILT IS PRESENTLY USED AS: Choose how the quilt is being used by the present owner.
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.
QUILT TOP PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt.
Commercial/Published source: Kit
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.
Modern Rose kit by Mary McElwain Quilt Shop (Walworth, WI)
QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for the quilting design used in this quilt.
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.
Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns, Quilting designs used: #69, #71, #83 & #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.
McElwain's kit probably did not specify the quilting design.
Excerpt of kit description: "Ready Stamped Quilt Top--The box contains background material, applique material, and final binding."
A pattern with the same block design was offered by Nancy Cabot. It was called Potted Rose Bush. The Cabot column describes the design as follows: "Here is one of the old and well known rose designs used in a more or less modern setting. "Potted Rose Bush" is a native of Kentucky and a popular member of the quilt realm throughout the country.." This column features a drawing of the individual block as well as a sketch of a quilt showing the blocks arranged in two vertical rows of six blocks.
EXHIBITIONS: List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.
OTHER RELATED ITEMS: List other materials that exist about this quilt like oral histories, wills, diaries, or patterns.
Catalog: Romance of the Village Quilt (Walworth, WI: Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop, 1936).
Modern Rose Panel batt wrapper pattern from Rock River Cotton Co., Janesville, Wisconsin, 1934.
Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns, Needleart Guild, 826 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Michigan (undated).
The same pattern was offered by Nancy Cabot in a Chicago Tribune quilt column reading "A modern rose design in an applique pattern creates an effective quilt for single or twin beds. Either print or plains materials, or a combination of both, may be used. The pattern contains directions for cutting and setting together as well as color suggestions. For the modern rose quilt pattern, No. 1039, send 10 cents in stamps or coin, plus 2 cents to cover mailing cost, to the Needlework Bureau, Chicago Tribune, 2020 Fifth av., New York City."
A quilt column from an unidentified source, but dated April 9, 1944, offers the same Pattern No. 1039. That columns reads "Here is one of the old and well-known rose designs for a patchwork quilt. It's a pattern you will enjoy working on and one that will call forth exclamations of admiration. The finished block measures 11 1/2 inches square. Pattern No. 1039 contains complete instructions, To order, send ten cents in stamps or coin to Needlework Department, care Grit, Williamsport, Pa." The illustrations in the two newspaper columns picture the same quilt design.
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:
NAME OF QUILT OWNER:
Heirs of Elmer Gasperik - contact Kathy Jacob
QUILT OWNER'S COUNTRY:
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.
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.
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DEATH DATE OF THE QUILTMAKER, IF APPLICABLE:
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IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP?
CITY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:
COUNTY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:
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QUILTMAKER'S FATHER'S NAME:
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QUILTMAKER'S MOTHER'S NAME:
MOTHER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:
SPOUSE'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher
NUMBER OF CHILDREN:
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?
WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT:
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.
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?
DOES/DID QUILTMAKER TEACH QUILTING: Is the quilt maker also a quilt teacher?
ANY OTHER NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILTMAKER: Enter any information about the quilt maker not already entered in a previous field.
See the introductory essay for photos and information about this quiltmaker.
ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT IS:
HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT:
Cite this Quilt
Gasperik, Mar. Peach Posy. 1934. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-18. Accessed: 12/09/21
Gasperik 03: 1930s Quilt Pattern Sourc...
Gasperik 03: 1930s Quilt Pattern Sources
May; 12; 2005
The Romance of the Village Quilts
McElwain, Mary A.
The Romance of the Village Quilts
McElwain, Mary A.
Romance of the Village Quilts, 36 page booklet, published in 1936 by Mary McElwain Quilt Shop in Walworth, Wisconsin. Photographs of quilt kits, interior views of quilt shop, quilting designs, index and price sheet.
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