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This is Gasperik's refashioning of a kit. The printed kit number (No 7145 CRIB QUILT) is partially visible at a point where Gasperik chose to quilt a design where an appliqué and embroidered image was originally placed. The kit is from Homeneedlecraft Creations, a source Gasperik used to make at least 5 other quilts. See Gasperik quilts #013, #024 and #061 - made from Homeneedlecraft Creations kit No. 7182, Gasperik quilt #025 - made from Homeneedlecraft Creations kit No. 7122, and Gasperik quilt #040 - made from Homeneedlecraft Creations kit No. 7069.
A photograph of a quilt of this same pattern (made by Mrs. Frances Dale of Detroit, Michigan for her new granddaughter) appears in the October 11, 1941 Detroit News page 12). Salser purchased a nearly completed applique top of this kit, along with its original envelope, in October 2013. The envelope is printed Colonial Art Needlework... "Nursery Catalogue" Crib Quilt No. 7145." There is no mention of Home Needlecraft Creations. It bears no date or place of origin; just the hand-penciled price of "1.39".
If Gasperik worked from an identical kit, as it appears she did, she added some embroidered and appliqued details, and substituted her own choices for some kit specifications (for example using the rich brown thread rather than blue thread to embroider the wording). Amusingly, the applique area showing "Contrary Mary" seems to display the greatest number of personal additions and changes. Gasperik completely altered the overall quilting pattern stamped on the quilt-top, stitching a denser grid, adding an embedded elaborately quilted feathered wreath as well as quilted hearts. She finished off the kit's edge with a quilted border of feathering and attached two additional, wide fabric borders, one in a delicate yellow flowered print and the other in solid gold with scalloped outer edge and interior overlapping arches of quilting. She often made multiple borders a prominent design feature of her quilts, creating large expanses of especially fine quilting. She transformed a fairly plain kit into a distinctively Gasperik 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. 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.
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.
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.
Blue or Navy; Green; Pink; Rust; White; Yellow
OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.
Multicolor; Light or pastel colors; Bright or primary colors
OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
DAMAGE TO QUILT: Use this field to describe specific damage to the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
There are several blotchy gray stains of unknown origin in the center of this quilt.
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.
Each block is embroidered with a nursery rhyme. phrase--"Market to Market", for example. Address label reads: "MARY GASPERIK 1411 W 174 STREET EAST HAZELCREST ILLINOIS"
METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.
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 (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965). Leave blank if you don't know.
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.
Estimated date is based on the date of similar kits.
LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.
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 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
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.
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. Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another.
Separated by plain sashing
OTHER SPACING: If none of the options in Field 29 describe the quilt, explain the quilt setting here. May relate to Fields 26 & 27, if the blocks sizes are not the same throughout the quilt.
In fact, these are not individual blocks. The appliques were stamped on the white foundation cloth.
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BLOCK PATTERNS PRESENT: Enter the number of different block patterns used in the quilt.
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.
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 borders surround the kit
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.
A wide white border of lightly printed cloth added to kit. This is surrounded by a second border of solid yellow which is cut with triangular protrusions on the inside and ends with a bound scalloped edge.
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.
UNIQUE OR OTHER CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES: Enter any unusual technique that hasn't been described in a previous field.
Border with triangular cutouts on inside edge and scallops on the outside edge.
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.
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.
Grid/crosshatch; 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.
Feathering; Wreaths; Other
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.
Grid/crosshatch; Parallel lines
PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.
There are six quilted feathered hearts filled with cross-hatching. The solid yellow outer border is filled with concentric arch-shaped quilting. An impression of four separate borders is created by Gasperik's quiltING designs, although only two borders using different fabrics have been attached to the kit's center. Gasperik's quiltING greatly adds to the complexity of a commercial kit. A comparison of the Gasperik quilt to a Nursery Rhyme children's kit quilt purchased by Salser on eBay makes Gasperik's quiltING (and quilt applique) changes, as well as the added border, immediately apparent to the viewer.
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.
Printed quilt kit number #7145 is partially visible on quilt surface.
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.
OCCASION, DATE, PERSON INHERITED FROM, ETC: If the quilt was inherited, enter any information you know about the inheritance. Skip the question if the quilt was not passed on through a family.
This quilt was selected by Gasperik's daughter-in-law Doris in the division of quilts arranged by Elsie after her mother's death.
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.
Baby or crib
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.
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. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
Homeneedlecraft Creations #7145 Crib Quilt.
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.
Original to maker
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.
Gasperik did not applique one of the blocks in the center. She left an open space into which she quilted an oval feathered wreath which was probably not part of the original kit. The block which she omitted is one of the kit's seven repetitions of the pink/yellow/blue triple flower block.
It should be noted that The Detroit News offered a nursery rhymes block quilt pattern, called Mother Goose Quilt Series 1643-ID80. It is not known if Gasperik ever used this pattern, but Elsie Krueger's typed list of "Quilts and tops which are still in East Hazelcrest" includes an item she described as "nursery rime unfinished top". None of the items in this section of Elsie's accounting survived and it isn't known what they looked like.
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.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.
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.
East Hazelcrest address label may indicate it was sent to Springfield Illinois State Fair
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.
Detroit News October 11, 1941 page 12 "Cornerites Gather for Reunion" by Edith B. Crumb. "Mrs. Frances Dale, 6187 Toledo avenue, brought a quilt she has just finished for her new granddaughter, Linda Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Dale, 980 Berkeley Road, Columbus, Ohio." A photograph of Frances Dale standing by her quilt, a quilt which is made from the same pattern as Gasperik quilt #010, appears at the bottom of the page.
Grand-daughter Karen Finn was given some spare fabric from her grandmother's collection. She has a piece of the figured print used to make one of the borders of this quilt. Kathy Jacob has a piece of the yellow border fabric. A third piece of fabric from Gasperik which was saved by Karen is a piece of the red print for making "Road to Recovery" (Gasperik quilt #066). That piece has a maple leaf shape cut out.
A Nursery Rhyme applique quilt, made by an unknown person, was purchased by Susan Salser on ebay in 2003. This quilt, in Salser's private collection, measures 40" by 58" and appears to be a faithful execution of Homeneedlecraft Creations kit #7145.
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.
NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.
Elmer Gasperik heirs - Kathy Jacob contact
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.
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.
Chicago, IL 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.
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.
Cite this Quilt
Gasperik, Mar. Nursery Rhymes. 1935-1945. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-59. Accessed: 10/28/21
Gasperik 05: Gifts for Children
Gasperik 05: Gifts for Children
May; 12; 2005
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
In 1992, three of Mary Gasperik's granchildren, worked with other family members to present the quilts of their grandmother.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik
March; 14; 1992
An exhibit catalog for a display of quilts made by Mary Gasperik at Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, California. March 14-15, 1992.
Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame In...
Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame Induction Exhibit
July; 22; 2021
The Mary Gasperik Hall of Fame Exhibit, was held at the Marion Public Library from July 15-17, 2021 as part of the Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration 2021.
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