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Morning Glory; Morning Glory (Doris)

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18-14-35

DESCRIPTION:

The pair of Blue Morning Glory quilts are alike in both appliqué and quilting. This 1992 photograph of the second of the quilts shows the damage caused by a family dog 50 years earlier. In 1999, Mary's grand-daughter, Joanne Gasperik, an award-winning quilter in her own right, repaired the damaged lower section of the quilt.

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.

016

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.

Morning Glory

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.

Morning Glory (Doris)

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is.

66 inches

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is.

99 inches

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

Scalloped

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

Scalloped

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

Blue or Navy; Green; White

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

Light or pastel colors

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

Fair/worn

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

Tears or holes

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.

Mary Gasperik's grand-daughter Joanne Gasperik repaired the quilt in 1999.

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

Other

OTHER TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe the type of inscription here.

Joanne Gasperik, who repaired the torn quilt, sewed an inked label on the repaired quilt in 1999.

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 is the maker of this quilt. Above is the remnant of her original label. It is thought to be an early quilt - before 1939. Sandy, the boxer, got lonesome and bored one day, and took her frustrations out on this quilt, one of a pair. Granddaughter Joanne Gasperik restored it June 5-22, 1999

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

1999

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

Attached label; Ink

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

on back

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.

1938-1945

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

1938-1945

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.

Earliest estimated date is based on a 1938 packing slip for Bucilla #2005 Morning Glory.

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

Medallion or framed center

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.

3

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.

Three wide borders echo the scalloped edge. Colors of border are shaded from dark blue, through medium blue to light blue. Center panel is encircled with a morning glory vine. This border design element is part of the Bucilla kit #2005 "Morning Glory."

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: APPLIQUE TECHNIQUES: Choose the applique method used to construct the quilt.

Hand Applique

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

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

Blue or Navy

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

MATERIAL USED FOR QUILT BATTING OR FILLING: Choose the fiber content that best describes the material used to fill the quilt.

Cotton

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

Hand quilting

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

Feathering; Wreaths

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

The elaborate basket of fruit and flowers quilted into the very center of this quilt is found on 4 Gasperik quilts: #009, #016, #024, and #06. It is from an unknown source. The scale and elaborateness of this quilted vase is reminiscent of commercial applique flower basket block patterns widely available in the 1930s and 1940s.

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.

Details about the quilt's original construction can be found in a letter from Joanne Gasperik, who repaired the quilt in 1999. Her letter describes in detail both what she learned about Gasperik's original quilt-making techniques, and the exact nature of the repairs that she made. The contents of this letter are transcribed by Salser under the field category: "Other related items such as publications, image, oral history, or ephemera"

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.

Gift

DETAILS ON HOW THE QUILT WAS ACQUIRED:

Given by Mary Gasperik to her son Elmer and daughter-in-law Doris

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

Gift or presentation

PLEASE EXPLAIN OTHER OCCASION, IF APPLICABLE: If you chose Other, please explain the occasion.

Made for her son Elmer and his wife, who may have requested them to be made in shades of blue.

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

Bedding, special occasion

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; Commercial/Published source: Kit

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

Published material

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.

Quilted oval feathered wreath may be adapted from quilting design #521 in "Colonial Quilts" by Hubert Ver Mehren.

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.

Bucilla Applique Bedspread "Morning Glory" Design No. 2005 kit was used to design the four Gasperik Morning Glory quilts, but Marie Webster's child's quilt design "Morning Glory" in pink was likely used as the inspiration for making adjustments and changes to the Bucilla design. Bucilla kits did not come in blue, they included multicolored flowers, and their flower and leaf pattern shapes do not match the shapes on the Gasperik quilts. It requires only 4 different pattern shapes to make the morning glory wreath: one flower, one bud, one calyx and one leaf. The patterns are simple: it is their arrangement and embroidery which create the beautiful complexity. Gasperik clearly admired the Bucilla border design. The Nancy Cabot quilt column (in the Chicago Tribune) also published a Morning Glory (oval wreath) quilt based closely on Marie Webster's 1912 design which appeared in her book and in Ladies Home Journal.

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

An exhibit tag which is separated from its quilt reads "Morning Glory Wreath First Prize in Springfield Mrs. Mary Gasperik"

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

Bucilla kit #2005 Morning Glory; Nancy Cabot newspaper illustration of Morning Glory; Marie Webster's color photo of child's quilt "Morning Glory." Bucilla boxtop indicates the kit was available in two colors: Orange and white or Green and white. Salser has an ebay printout of a quilt offered for sale in 2003 which looks like a completed Green and white Bucilla kit. That ebay quilt had a sewn on patch identifying the quilt as a gift "Made by Mary Reid 1927 and presented to Betsy Nichols 1952 Christmas". Letter from Joanne Gasperik documenting her restoration of this quilt: "I began the restoration of "Blue Morning Glory" late in the day June 5, 1999. It took 2 days to "reverse stitch" the applique of the middle scallop to the border scallop. Then I "unquilted" the first row of quilting in the middle scallop, to easier slip the new border under. Original quilting threads seemed normal length, were knotted at one end only and back-woven 1" to 1.5". Starts and stops of applique thread were difficult to determine. New backing fabric was appliqued first, along the entire bottom and up the right side of the quilt about 30", and a little part of the damaged area. Then I appliqued the front fabric, trimming to a generous curved seam allowance. Not wanting two seams next to each other, I decided against mitering the left hand corner, and ran the fabric straight across to the first available original binding fabric. After all new fabric was attached, I cut away the torn areas in a straight line, parallel to the back seam and whip-stitched the new batting - Hobbs Organic Cotton/ with scrim - to the old batt. This was the thinnest of all cotton batting I could find, to match the thin, but uneven old batting. When it came time to quilt, I first tried painstakingly to replace each stitch where it had been, but the scallops and points on the original were random and uneven. Two corners originally had 5 quilting rows, one had 6, and one had 7 rows. I decided to have all points meet at the top, and therefore adjusted the new corner to have 7 quilting rows, instead of the original 5. The quilting was completed June 20. I began working on the binding on June 21 and finished on June 22, 1999. The original double French binding was 1.5" wide and pleated at each "V". I replaced it in the same manner. I tried hard to match the new fabric to the old, though in the final analysis it doesn't look like I did." Joanne sent a series of color photographs detailing her repair progress, and the torn original quilt pieces which she replaced, to Susan Salser.

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:

Elmer Gasperik heirs - Kathy Jacob contact

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:

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

PHOTO CREDIT:

Don Gonzalez

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT IS:

Restricted

HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT:

Susan Salser

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Cite this Quilt

Gasperik, Mar. Morning Glory. 1938-1945. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-35. Accessed: 05/20/22

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