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18-14-26

ESSAY:

This Delectable Mountains quilt is a close copy of the quilt that won 3rd place at the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest. A photo of the quilt also appeared in the instructional booklet used by Mary Gasperik at Tuley Park Quilting Club. However, this quilt is inscribed 1953 in the quilting. She may have put aside the 1930s quilt top and finished the quilting in 1953. This quilt contains an unusual number of pieced patterns and an array of quilting motifs, all of which can be traced to commercial sources.

On July 1, 2001 Joanne recorded the following information on a patch sewn to the back of the now-repaired quilt. It reads as follows:

“On January 4, 2001 Sufi Salser, a young golden retriever, had a bad day. She took her frustration out on this quilt. “Delectable Mountains” was an important quilt to our grandmother Mary Gasperik. She had made one several years earlier and had liked it so much that she made this second quilt in 1953. It received a ribbon at the Illinois State Fair a few years later. When Mary’s quilts were divided among the families of Elsie and Elmer, Doris selected it as one of her quilts. It was given to my cousin David Gasperik some time later. After the 1992 Mary Gasperik quilt show it stayed at cousin Susan Salser’s house. I received the quilt a few days after the incident and saw the damage: a 42” long tear along the side of the quilt, near the edge.

Cherrywood Fabrics had 2 of the fabrics, namely the green backing and what I first considered to be a perfect green for the front. Later a reproduction fabric of “poison green” from Vintage and Vogue replaced that green. The brown fabric was found during a quilting excursion in Florida. The light background fabric turned out to be the greatest challenge. That turned up in Wisconsin at Patched Works.

For the actual restoration I consulted longtime restoration expert Linda Honsberger. She guided me through the process. First and foremost she taught: never remove anything. The first step involved pulling the torn sections together and lining up the distorted areas and basting. Then I appliquéd the backing. In order to avoid any marks on the quilt, I transferred the quilt pattern from the front to the back, a few inches at a time by pushing straight pins through the quilt, along the quilting line. I could not quilt through the whole sandwich, but only through the top fabric, the original fabric and the batting, in other words ¾ through the sandwich. As larger areas were quilted on the back, I was able to appliqué the fabric patches onto the front of the quilt, and then transfer the quilt pattern from the back to the front, mark with pins, scratch and quilt. I made the interesting discovery that the ochre color of the binding and in the trees was originally a yellow-green similar to the backing (or maybe the same as the backing). I guess that’s known as “fugitive blue”.

I began the restoration on May 25, 2001 and worked on it till June 6. For company reasons it was put away till June 25 and finished early in the day on July 1, 2001. A special trip to California to deliver the quilt was scheduled July 23-25, 2001.

Joanne Gasperik” [signed]

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.

021

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

Finished quilt

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

Delectable Mountains

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.

Delectable Mountains

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is.

85 inches

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is.

101 inches

SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.

Straight

SHAPE OF CORNERS: Choose the best description for the corners of the quilt.

Straight

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

Brown; Gold; Green; White

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

Excellent/like new

DAMAGE TO QUILT: Use this field to describe specific damage to the quilt.

Other

OTHER DAMAGE TO QUILT: If you chose Other, please describe the damage.

Small black inkstain in center block between two lower birds. A dog tore the quilt along its right-hand side in January 2001, after this photo was taken. The tear was repaired by Joanne Gasperik summer 2001.

REPAIRS TO QUILT: If the quilt has been repaired or restored, use this field to describe the work that was done.

Patched with new fabrics

COMMENTS OR NOTES ON QUILT'S CONDITION OR REPAIR HISTORY: Some quilts have had extensive or unusual repair work done. Please use this field to describe anything that didn't fit in the previous fields.

Susan Salser has a set of photographs of the damage done to the quilt (by her dog) on January 4, 2001 when the quilt was still at her house years after the Ravenswood quilt show and Gasperik quilt photo shoot of 1992. Joanne Gasperik offered to repair the appalling 42" long by 6" wide tear running along half of the right side of the quilt through its lower right corner. Joanne's initial reaction, recorded in an e-mail to Susan dated 1/12/2001 reads (in an effort to cheer Susan up) "The quilt is not as bad as I thought! Really. I don't want to make light of it. It's going to be quite a task, especially the reverse stitching. There is one green and one brown swatch that I actually have to replace. There are three areas of background fabric, where I'll have to make a seam to replace the torn area. The other areas are small pieces which were pieced in, and I merely replace that whole trapezoid area, seam to seam. The green border simply requires a small 1" rectangle inserted. The same with the binding. Cherrywood had the precise darker green of the border and a pretty good match of the binding (which actually was a fugitive lime, but is now a light ochre. They didn't have the brown, which is a reddish dark brown. The background should be no problem. It looks like a fairly common light creamy color. They also had the perfect match of the backing. Whatever they had I ordered today…”

Susan Salser wants to record here that she feels deeply responsible for the damage to ‘Delectable Mountains’ and is eternally grateful to her cousin David Gasperik, the quilt’s owner, for his understanding and forgiveness. And to her cousin Joanne Gasperik, who did such a heart-felt AND skillful job of fixing the damage and restoring the quilt she wants to say “Thank you and bless you” from the bottom of her heart.

Please consult the material entered by Susan Salser and recorded by Joanne Gasperik under “Essay” to read the entire essay written by Joanne Gasperik about the history of this quilt and recording the details of her repair. This material is preserved as a printed cloth label sewn by Joanne to the back of the repaired quilt when she finished her work on July 1, 2001, just above Mary Gasperik’s own address label.

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

Date

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.

1953

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

In the quilting

LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.

on block

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.

1950-1975

DATE FINISHED: Enter the date the quilt was finished.

1950s

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

Not certain

OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date.

Not certain

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

FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING DATE(S): If you know anything else about the date the quilt was made, please tell the story.

This may be a quilt that she pieced in the 1930s and finished in the 1950s.

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Medallion or framed center

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.

3

BLOCK STYLE: Some patterns use the same shape template throughout the quilt (i.e. Charm quilts, Grandmother Flower Garden, Brick wall, Lone Star). If this applies to your quilt, choose the best description.

Triangles

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.

Two

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.

One narrow outer border of plain fabric, inside of which is a border of pieced Pine Tree blocks.

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.

Solid/plain

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: PIECING TECHNIQUES: Choose the piecing method used to make the quilt.

Hand Piecing

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: APPLIQUE TECHNIQUES: Choose the applique method used to construct the quilt.

Hand Applique

UNIQUE OR OTHER CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES: Enter any unusual technique that hasn't been described in a previous field.

It appears that on 3 different quilts Gasperik used a yellow-green or lime green backing: #011 (an undated Indiana Wreath), #021 (this Delectable Mountains, which is dated 1953) and #030 (Indian Feather Star, an undated quilt). If these quilts are ever reunited, they should be compared, to see if that fabric matches and can help date the two undated quilts. In this connection, it should be noted that the four applique birds in the center medallion of this quilt use the same pattern (as yet unidentified) as the trios of bluebirds hovering on the Gasperik's four Indiana Wreath quilts (#011, #063, #032, #043).

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

Cotton

COLOR OF BACKING: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt backing.

Green

DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt.

Solid/plain

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

Cotton

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.

Cotton

BATTING LOFT: Choose the thickness of the quilt filling that best describes the quilt.

Thin (Less than 3/16

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

Hand quilting

THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.

white

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: MOTIFS/OVERALL PATTERNS: Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top.

Grid/crosshatch; Grid square; Single parallel lines

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top.

Feathering; Other

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: BACKGROUND FILL PATTERNS: Choose the background quilt design found on the quilt top.

Grid/crosshatch; Parallel lines; Other

PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any other quilting designs that appear on the quilt.

A corner section taken from quilting block pattern number Q400 is quilted 16 times, radiating out from the center of the quilt. This design was published in the 1932 booklet Colonial Quilts published by H. Ver Mehren (Des Moines, IA).

The pattern of slender leafs arranged like windmill paddles looks exactly like a picture Gasperik would have seen in her copy of Old Patchwork Quilts, by Ruth E. Finley. Salser has her grandmother's pencil-marked well worn copy of this book. A quilt called "Double Pyramid", shown as Plate 10 in the book, shows such a quilted pattern and in the text Finley remarks on this feature of the quilt. There are pencil marks on this page of Gasperik's book.

The two doves quilted facing each other at the top of the quilt, appear to be copied from Carrie Hall (page 74, Plate XII, No. 7 'Dove of Peace').

The feather corner quilted 12 times around the center block (between the frame with the birds and the frame beginning the fern quilting) is either pattern B5 from WLM Clark Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns booklet #32, or pattern No. 83, page 5, from Needleart Guild's Original Master Quilting Patterns.

The single fern leaf quilted in numerous triangles, from Aunt Martha's Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?', where it is described as "pattern C5573 Fern quilting design with border to match. For a very pretty effect pad the quilting. Border is 3" wide. Both on one pattern. 12" 30 cents".

The quilted cornucopia spilling a triple-leaf fern (found quilted twice into the top corner areas of the quilt) is a motif Gasperik quilted onto several of her quilts (including Indiana Wreath #011, Indians (Michael) #019, and Bridal Bouquet #064).

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.

Gasperik used 3 Nancy Cabot patterns published in Chicago Tribune in 1933-34 - Delectable Mountains, Pine Tree and Tree of Paradise. A full-size quilt in this layout won 3rd place at the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest--and an illustration of the quilt was included in the Alice Beyer Quilting booklet used by Tuley Park Quilt Club as a quilting manual. Another source for the pieced (larger) Pine Tree at the center top of the quilt is Detroit News Pine Tree pattern ID-42. Pattern ID-42 is featured in the October 29, 1936 newspaper (page 30) and the leaflet could have been picked up by Gasperik at any of the 3 Detroit quilt shows subsequent to this date, which she attended.

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

HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt.

Inheritance

DETAILS ON HOW THE QUILT WAS ACQUIRED:

Selected by Doris Gasperik during a division of Gasperik quilts after Mary died.

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list.

Personal enjoyment

QUILT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO BE USED AS: Choose how the quilt was originally used.

Unknown

QUILT IS PRESENTLY USED AS: Choose how the quilt is being used by the present owner.

Keepsake/memento

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.

Purchased new

QUILT TOP PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt.

Commercial/Published source: Book; Commercial/Published source: Newspaper

OTHER TOP PATTERN SOURCE(S): If you chose Other, please explain where the pattern was found.

Detroit News Pine Tree block pattern ID-42

QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for the quilting design used in this quilt.

Published material

OTHER QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: If you chose Other, please explain the where the quilting design pattern was found.

Slender leaves in windmills probably copied from Plate 10 in Ruth Finley book (1929). Gasperik's copy of Finley's book had pencil marks on this page.

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.

Quilting Design Q400 (15-inch) in Colonial Quilts by H. Ver Mehren--used 16 times radiating out from the birds.

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.

Other quilting designs come from WLM Clark Grandmother's Perforated Quilting Patterns Booklet #32 and/or Needleart Guild's "Original Master Quilting Patterns" (#83 - Corner Feather Designs).

EXHIBITIONS: List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

The family has a yellow paper exhibit tag reading "Delectable Mountains by Mrs. M. Gasperik". It isn't certain that this tag was pinned to quilt #020. That tag might constitute supporting evidence that there was in fact an earlier Gasperik 'Delectable Mountains' quilt. As far as Salser is aware, Gasperik quilts were last shown at the February 1949 Tuley Park quilt show, whereas quilt #020 is dated 1953.

Illinois State Fair 1953.

The Quilts of Mary Gasperik>, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.

This is one of the 23 Mary Gasperik quilts exhibited in the Carnegie Room of the Marion Indiana Public Library July 16-17, 2021 in connection with the ceremony honoring the induction of Mary Gasperik into The Quilters Hall of Fame as their 2021 Legacy Quilter honoree. Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame Induction Exhibit.

CONTESTS ENTERED: List contest(s) entered.

Illinois State Fair, 1953, first prize ribbon

impcap

The Blue Ribbon won in the 1953 Illinois State Fair.

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

The Detroit News, October 29, 1936, p. 30 "Pine Trees on Quilt or Tree of Paradise", announcing Pine Tree Quilt Pattern ID-42.

The East Hazelcrest News issue No. 18, dated Sept. 23, 1953, published by American Legion Post 1139 mentions that "one of the women of our village, Mrs. Stephen Gasperik, was awarded 2 first prizes & a second prize at the Ill. State Fair for her quilts. The 2 first were given for her "Delectable Mountain" quilt & "Bridal Bouquet". The second place ribbon was placed on her "Indiana Wreath”. Last year she won a 1st & two 3rds. Quilting is almost a lost art, requiring a tremendous amount of patience & skill with a needle." Elmer Gasperik heirs, private collection.

A b/w family photo (undated) showing Mary Gasperik standing next to this quilt with its attached ribbon was probably taken at the 1953 Illinois State Fair quilt display.

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

NAME OF QUILT OWNER:

David Gasperik

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:

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 belonged to a group, enter the name of the group.

Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club

LOCATION OF GROUP:

Southside Chicago 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

ANY OTHER NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILTMAKER: Enter any information about the quilt maker not already entered in a previous field.

See introductory essay.

PHOTO CREDIT:

Don Gonzalez

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT IS:

Restricted

HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT:

Susan Salser

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Cite this Quilt

Gasperik, Mar. Delectable Mountains. 1950s. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-26. Accessed: 05/17/22

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