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Wedding Quilt; Wedding Quilt (owned by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a gift of Mary Bruland); "Bridal Bouquet" (Mary Bruland)
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Made for a wedding, this quilt is one of the earliest and best documented quilts Gasperik made. She inscribed it with dates and her initials. It was photographed hanging at a 1936 Tuley Park Quilt Show and it was mentioned in a 1936 Detroit News column in which the writer described the Bridal Bouquet quilt as being "from her own design." The quilt was sent to a niece in 1944 in California for her wedding. In 1972, she donated it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Acc. #CR.72.18). Compare this quilt to Bridal Bouquet (#012) made several years later.
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This ‘Bridal Bouquet’ is quilted “1933” on the front, and the year “1936” and initials “MG” are embroidered on the back. "It is from her own design" is the description of this quilt's pattern source presented by Edith B. Crumb in her Detroit News column published on February 11, 1936. The column was about the Mary’s Double Feather Star quilt which arrived too late for a Detroit News quilt show, but it also discussed this Bridal Bouquet quilt. Edith devoted much of her column to the subject of Mary Gasperik. She presents a most delightful account of just how it is that Mary Gasperik discovered Edith's Detroit News Quilt Club Corner. I would like to thank Merikay Waldvogel for sending me a copy of this column. Here is the full quotation concerning this quilt and the story of how Mary Gasperik found Edith B. Crumb and her Detroit Quilt Club Corner:
BRIDAL BOUQUET DESIGN When that one is finished she has another quilt to put on the frames. It is called the "Bridal Bouquet" and she is planning to give it to her niece as a wedding present. It is from her own design. Perhaps some of you met Mrs. Gasperik at the show last fall. The first she knew about our Quilt Club Corner was one day when she attended the World Series in Chicago. Someone dropped a Detroit News and she picked it up and looked right into our Corner. Then she started to write to us, sent quilts for the show (some of them arrived in time) and she even took the bus over to Detroit so as to be with us two days of the show.
The 1935 World Series was played between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Mary Gasperik would have picked up that Detroit News on October 4th, 5th or 6th, 1935. For the next five years she maintained an active correspondence with Edith B. Crumb and was an enthusiastic participant in the Detroit News quilt shows which Edith directed. Edith's support was as important in changing the direction of Mary's life as was the Sears quilt contest and exhibition of quilts at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair! It seems to me that Mary Gasperik made many of her 'best' quilts in this same five-year period.
An undated typed form letter survives which Mary created in order to participate in the Club's pattern sharing activities. It reads, in full:
Dear _______ Let me welcome you as a new meber [sic] to our Quilt Club Corner. I, too am a new member, having recently joined. I have read of you through the Detroit News. I thought I would drop you a line to ask of you a favor. I am making a State Quilt. I wonder if you would be willing to exchange blocks with me. I would be willing to maki [sic] you a block (in any pattern you choose) if you would make me one. Enclosed you will find a pattern of my block, will you please out line your Name, City and State. If you do this for me, I will make up your block as soon as I receive your pattern. If you know of any body in another State who is willing to exchange blocks with me, would you please let me know. I would be very grateful and appreciate it very much. Hoping to hear from you I remain your Quilting friend. Mary Gasperik 9314 Cottage Grove Chicago Illinois.
Note that Mary spelled the word ‘make’ as “maki”. But this is how my grandmother pronounced the word ‘make’; I remember it vividly!
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Mary Gasperik Legacy Project
Who documented this quilt?
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Mary Gasperik Private Collection Online
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.
074 (LACMA: CR.72.18)
ALTERNATIVE INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBER: If applicable, enter any alternate inventory control number for this quilt. For museums, this might be an identifying number from a documentation project.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Accession Number: CR.72.18
TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
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.
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.
Wedding Quilt (owned by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a gift of Mary Bruland)
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.
"Bridal Bouquet" (Mary Bruland)
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.
Applique #32.85 Lily of the Valley
OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)
OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).
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.
Coral; Cream; 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.
TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
"1933" quilted in on the front; "M. G. 1936/ Chicago, Ill." embroidered on the back.
DATE OF INSCRIPTION: Enter the date found on the quilt. If there is more than one date, enter others in field 20 (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965)
1933 - 1936
METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Embroidery; In the quilting
LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.
OTHER LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe where the inscription was found.
On front and 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.
DATE BEGUN: Enter the date the quilt was started (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965). Leave blank if you don't know.
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.
FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT: If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
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).
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.
In addition to the embroidered dates on the quilt, there is a b/w photo (Oct 30, 1936) in which Tuley Park members are standing with the quilt. There is also a Detroit News (Feb 11, 1936) column that describes this quilt.
LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.
Medallion or framed center
SUBJECT OF QUILT, IF IT HAS ONE: Some quilts are made with a specific intent (e.g. Commemoration of September 11, the 100th anniversary of a town, or an AIDS panel). Enter the subject of the quilt. If there is no subject, leave the field blank.
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.
Center panel with scalloped edges is surrounded by a wide white area which is surrounded by a narrow border on all four sides.
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.
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.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: EMBELLISHMENT TECHNIQUES: Choose the embellishment technique used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. If your answer in Field 38f was no, skip this question.
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.
Same fabric used throughout
MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN BINDING: Choose the construction technique 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 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.
Clamshell; 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.
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.
PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.
Fern designs are quilted in the center panel behind the wedding bouquet.
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.
Compare this quilt to the 1944 version (#012), which shows a higher level of skill and design. It is interesting to note that three white calla lilies appliqued into the bouquet of this quilt do NOT use the Detroit News pattern seen on quilt #012. Remember that the front of this quilt is dated 1933, and Gasperik attended her first Detroit News quilt show in October of 1935, which is probably where she picked up the Detroit News Calla Lilies pattern. But Gasperik reused the patterns found on this quilt (both of the rose and of the calla lilies) on quilt #012, which was made in 1944.
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.
QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
PLEASE EXPLAIN OTHER OCCASION, IF APPLICABLE: If you chose Other, please explain the occasion.
Quilt was made as a wedding gift possibly for her daughter Elsie's wedding, but finally was given to her niece (Mary Kiss Bruland) in 1944 as a wedding present.
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.
Bedding, special occasion
QUILT IS PRESENTLY USED AS: Choose how the quilt is being used by the present owner. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
Commercial/Published source: Pattern; Unknown
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.
Nancy Cabot Rose Petals and Nancy Cabot Lily of the Valley. Flower girl applique pattern is #363 Old Fashioned Lady pictured on page 4 of Prize Winning Design. Many Quilt Patterns Never Before Published, a 1933 "Aunt Martha" booklet.
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.
Fern quilting motif is #C5573 - "Aunt Martha's Answer To 'How Shall I Quilt It?'"
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.
The family has Gasperik's own copy of Prize Winning Design from 'Aunt Martha'. Gasperik probably sent away for patterns from this catalog. Just below "#363 Old Fashioned Lady", on page 4, appears another pattern Gasperik used: "#365 The Cottage Behind the Hill by Mrs. F.L. Anderson, Kearney, Neb." Gasperik made a block (#086) from #365, probably to take to the Detroit News Quilt Show held in April, 1937.
A special corner of the Detroit News Quilt Show was furnished especially for Detroit News Quilt Club Corner members to socialize, sew, and exchange blocks. Although pattern sources for several applique elements appearing on this quilt can be identified, it should be noted that Gasperik herself described Bridal Bouquet as an "original design" to Detroit News quilt editor Edith B. Crumb, who published a column largely devoted to the subject of Mary Gasperik and her quilts in the February 11, 1936 newspaper. Edith's support, which began in 1935 and continued through the last Detroit quit show in 1940, was as important in changing the direction of Mary's life as was the Sears quilt contest and quilt exhibition at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, the place where Gasperik fell under the spell of quilts.
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.
October 30, 1936 Tuley Park Quilt Club Show, Chicago, Illinois.
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.
A yellow paper exhibit tag (probably used at a Tuley Park quilt show) reads "Bridal Wreath by Mrs. M. Gasperik 2nd Prize Springfield 1940". In Elsie's handwriting is the added notation "?to Mary Buland?". This may indicate the quilt was entered in the 1940 Illinois State Fair, where it won a second prize.
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.
Two Chicago Park District Photos (10/30/36) - Wedding Bouquet Quilt and Members of Tuley Park Quilt Club standing in front of it. And another overhead view of the quilt exhibit and Wedding Bouquet is visible at left. 4 Gasperik quilts can be spotted in this overhead view: the 1935 Double Feather Star (#045), Four Little Pigs (#057), Laurel Wreath (#067) and Wedding Bouquet (#074).
Mary Gasperik's copy of "Prize Winning Design... Many Quilt Patterns Never Before Published", Aunt Martha, 1933. Private family collection.
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.
Public Museum, Library or Institution
NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Access # CR.72.18)
QUILT OWNER CITY
QUILT OWNER STATE: State of current quilt owner.
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
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: 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.
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. This quilt was made while Gasperik was an active member of the Tuley Park Quilting Club at a time when that club was being very actively promoted and supported by the Chicago Park District, as a photograph of the quilt on display at the park club meeting room demonstrates. Gasperik chose to give it as a wedding present to her niece several years after it was completed. The approval and support of the Tuley Park quilters was an important motivation to Gasperik.
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.
Southside Chicago 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?
PHOTO CREDIT: Credit for photographer.
Los Angeles County Museum, Gift of Mary Bruland
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.
Los Angeles Museum Association/LACMA
Cite this Quilt
Gasperik, Mar. Wedding Quilt. 1936. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Mary Gasperik Private Collection Online. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-47. Accessed: 10/28/21
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.
Mary Gasperik and the Tuley Park Quilt...
Mary Gasperik and the Tuley Park Quilting Club
May; 12; 2005
Mary Gasperik and the Detroit...
Mary Gasperik and the Detroit News "Quilt Club Corner"
May; 12; 2005
Gasperik 06: Gifts for Weddings & ...
Gasperik 06: Gifts for Weddings & Anniversaries
May; 12; 2005
Lily Bouquet Quilting Pattern
The Detroit News
Lily Bouquet Quilting Pattern
The Detroit News
May; 12; 2005
This is a scan of Gasperik's own copy of Detroit News "Lily Bouquet Quilting Pattern" 1743-ID48, used to make the applique bouquet in the center of quilt #064, the Bridal Bouquet made for granddaughter Karen. Karen's wedding was in 1956. Gasperik probably picked up the pattern at one of the Detroit News quilt shows she attended between 1935 and 1940. She turned the Detroit quilting pattern into an applique pattern, and used it in several earlier quilts (see #012, #013, #074 and #068) and in framed applique #084.
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.
Dear Mrs. Gasperik:
Dear Mrs. Gasperik:
October; 17; 1940
Congratulations from a candidate for governor in Illinois in 1940.
Prize Winning Designs: Many Quilt Patt...
Aunt Martha Studios
Prize Winning Designs: Many Quilt Patterns Never Before Published
Aunt Martha Studios
Aunt Martha Studio's sponsored a a quilt block contest in 1931. In September 1931, this booklet of the prize winning designs was advertised in Midwest newspapers. Each winning block is numbered and identified by pattern name. Most were traditional patterns, but some were original designs. Modernistic Star is featured in the cover illustration. 13 of the winning blocks were chosen to be sold as kits--$3.98(quilt) and $.65 (pillow). The pattern template pieces and instructions for the 13 patterns are included for those who chose to make the quilt "the old fashioned way." At the back of the catalog are numbered quilting designs to order, many of which are also credited to contest entrants. The catalog was distributed through magazines and other organizations, who stamped their names in the open space provided on the catalog's cover. This example carries the name of a farm magazine: Home Friend of Kansas City, MO.
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