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In "Daisies Won't Tell" made in the mid 1940s, Gasperik transformed the oval daisy wreath quilt designed in 1936 by Mary McElwain, a well-respected quilt designer and authority in the Chicago area. A color photograph of McElwain's design, which she called "Daisy Chain" is featured as the cover of Romance of the Village Quilts, the catalog for the Mary McElwain Quilt Shop in Walworth, Wisconsin. In addition to transforming McElwain's oval wreath into a heart-shaped double chain of daisies, Gasperik also appliquéd romantic messages and motifs to her quilt. It is elaborately quilted. The Mary McElwain Quilt Shop sold finished quilts of its Daisy Chain quilt for $85. It is very simple design when compared with both the McElwain catalog cover illustration of Daisy Chain and the Gasperik quilt called Daisies Won't Tell.
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Mary McElwain was considered the quilt authority of the Chicago region. She owned a quilt shop in Walworth, WI, which was a popular destination for day trips from Chicago. At the shop, she sold quilt patterns and kits. Chicago department stores sought her out to exhibit quilts in their stores. In 1933, Sears Roebuck & Co. asked her to judge the final round of the 1933 Sears National Quilt Contest. It is interesting to note that the grand prize winning quilt of this contest, a feather star design submitted by Margaret Rogers Caden of Kentucky, featured an unusual fern leaf quiltING design. This pattern was offered in several quilt catalogs immediately following the exhibition of all of the prize winning quilts at Chicago's Century of Progress world's fair. Gasperik probably purchased one of those patterns. She evidently found the design so attractive and significant that she ended up quilting it into at least 20 of her quilts. Daisies Won't Tell is an excellent example. McElwain's designs reflect her admiration of Marie Webster's floral applique quilt designs, which she sold in her shop as kits. Webster's patterns are credited with changing 20th century quilts when she had several applique quilts published in Ladies Home Journal in 1911 and 1912. Mary Gasperik, too, was enamoured of Webster's designs. She owned a copy of Webster's book and used antique quilt photos in the book for quilts she made herself. Apropos to her grandmother's idea to apply the sentiment of the popular poem, Daisies Won't Tell to the McElwain daisy design, Salser points out that in the Ladies Home Journal of August 12, 1912 (p. 27) where Marie Webster presented (in color pictures!) her child's morning glory quilt (a quilt Salser believes may have inspired the 4 Gasperik morning glory wreath quilts) the Webster Daisies Quilt is featured along with the explanatory text: "With the quilt on the right teach the little one to tell the petals of the daisy - "loves me, loves me not" - and many happy moments will be spent in finding out whether the child or his mother loves the more.." This may have been Gasperik's introduction to the American saying, which she decided to apply to her own version of a daisies quilt. Apropos to her grandmother's exquisite applique and quilting evident in this quilt, Susan Salser shared the following quotation by Marie Webster in the August 1911 Ladies Home Journal: "The quilting should be done after the flowers are applied, and must not be carried over them, in order to keep their surfaces as smooth and natural as possible. There may be a temptation to the very ambitious worker, or one especially fond of ornamental effects, to apply these designs by outlining, buttonhole work, or couching with embroidery silks, but this desire should not for a moment be allowed even a trial. The charm and simplicity of this work lie in keeping to the real patchwork method."
This quilt is undated. It was awarded a blue ribbon at the August 1946 Illinois State, the first Illinois state fair to be held after the fair grounds began to be used for war purposes in 1941. Detroit, Gasperik's other favorite place to exhibit and compete with her quilts in the annual quilt show and contest sponsored by The Detroit News, also stopped holding its annual show. The final Detroit quilt show was held in May 1940. Unlike the Illinois State Fair, The Detroit News quilt show never resumed, and its Quilt Club Corner, of which Gasperik was an enthusiastic member, also ceased to be sponsored by The Detroit News. So at the time Mary McElwain died, in late August of 1943, Gasperik was probably looking for a new quilting project and still hoping to again compete in Springfield and in Detroit. She had already completed Colonial Quilting Bee intending to send it to Detroit and finally win its Grand Prize at the post-1940 contest which was never to be held. It is Salser's theory that Gasperik deliberately chose to design and make Daisies Won't Tell as a homage to Mary McElwain, who had been such a crucial figure in the quilting world at the time when Gasperik discovered quilts and set about to make them. Daisies Won't Tell is an example of Gasperik's finest quilting work, probably begun ten years after she began to make quilts.
Mary Gasperik was fond of her Wonder Package of patterns, the source for the lettering on this quilt. Published in Chicago in 1933 by Donald F. Duncan, Inc., "Modern Hand Embroidery Patterns. The Wonder Package: Over 475 Initials, Various Styles and Sizes...," was the source for applique and quilting designs in seven Gasperik quilts. The same Japanese lettering on Daisies Won't Tell was used for appliqued names on children's quilts (#029, #040 and #059) and for quilting the word "Chicago" on Hosannah (#020). The moon faces on "Star Arcturus" (#048) and the large fish quilted 3 times on What Are Little Boys Made Of? (#058) are also from the Wonder Package. This last quilt was made in 1957. "Star Arcturus" is dated 1934. Obviously, this box of patterns was an important component of Mary's library of quilt resources.
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Mary Gasperik Legacy Project
Who documented this quilt?
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
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Daisies Won't Tell
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Daisies Won't Tell
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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; Green; White
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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.
Loves Me / Loves Me-Not Daisies Won't Tell
METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe the method used to inscribe the quilt.
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.
Above and below the central heart-shaped wreath of daisies.
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.
Overall quilt layout is similar to Mary A. McElwain quilt "Daisy Chain" which appeared on the cover of her 1936 booklet Romance of the Village Quilts. The quilt won a blue ribbon at the August 1946 Illinois State Fair.
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.
MEDALLION SIZE (L X W): If your quilt has one block in the center that is larger and more special than the rest of the blocks in the quilt, it is probably a medallion. It can be pieced, appliquÃ©d or a printed panel. Enter the medallion size in inches.
32" wide, 40" long heart-shaped wreath
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.
Straight narrow borders in a darker shade of green.
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 TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fabric that are used to make the quilt top.
FABRIC PATTERNS, STYLES, MOTIFS, OR PRINT CATEGORIES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OTHER FIBER, FABRIC, OR FABRIC PRINT TYPES USED: Describe any fibers used in the quilt top that do not appear in Field 37, including any unique characteristics of fiber, fabric, or fabric prints used. There is a separate Field (38g) for embellishments.
Non-cotton fabric used for the two appliqued hearts and six cornucopias.
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.
CONTAINS PAPER REMAINS: This field is for quilts that have been either string pieced on a paper foundation or English template pieced. Choose yes if you can feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid.
UNIQUE EMBELLISHMENTS: Enter any embellishment materials that don't appear in a previous field.
There is no embroidery, which is very unusual for a Gasperik quilt. Applique Japanese style lettering..
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.
NUMBER OF PIECES: Enter the number of pieces of fabric used in the quilt back.
WIDTH OF PIECES: Enter, in inches, the width of the pieces of fabric on the back of the quilt. Do not enter if the back is an art quilt.
14", 31", 32"
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.
FABRIC STRUCTURE USED IN BINDING: Choose the fabric structure 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.
Bias grain; Machine sewn
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 TYPE: Describe the fiber content or type of quilting thread used on the quilt.
THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.
NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 1): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in one place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.
NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 2): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in a different place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.
WIDTH BETWEEN QUILTING LINES (IN INCHES): Try to determine the average distance between quilt motifs to determine how densely the quilt is quilted. Enter your estimate.
Inside the wreath 1/4 inch; outside the wreath 5/8 inch
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.
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-leaf quilting (3 versions): 5 leaflets to a branch; 3 leaflets; and a single leaflet.
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.
With three small and ordinary applique patterns - a green leaf, a round yellow circle, and a simple white petal, Mary Gasperik created this floral profusion. It is elegantly simple, like a Marie Webster design. The 1/4-inch grid quilting, in the center of this quilt's wreath, is an excellent example of Gasperik quilting at its finest.
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.
Elsie Krueger gave this Daisies Quilt to her daughter Linda in about 1968. To another daughter, Susan, she gave the Pansies Quilt (#033). Because Linda was fond of pansies, the two sisters traded quilts. Susan Salser is the current owner.
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.
Art or personal expression
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.
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.
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.
Original to maker
OTHER TOP PATTERN SOURCE(S): If you chose Other, please explain where the pattern was found.
Lettering is exactly like the Japanese lettering forms included in Modern Hand Embroidery Patterns. The Wonder Package. Over 475 Initials, Various Styles and Sizes . . ." (a boxed set of embroidery motifs), published in 1933 by Donald F. Duncan, Chicago.
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.
"Aunt Martha's Answer to 'How Shall I Quilt It?'" pattern C5573 "Fern quilting design"
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.
Salser has identified two possible sources of Gasperik's quilted fern-leaf pattern. One is found in a booklet distributed by Sears Roebuck and Co. in 1933, which was called Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making. On the last page of the booklet, under the title "Feathered Star Now Available - This famous design and complete outfit for making quilt tops", two patterns to be available from Sears are listed: "25A5799 - Complete Quilt $3.25" and "25A47201 - Perforated Quilting Pattern for above 25 cents".
The second source, which looks to be exactly the same fern leaf quilting design, appeared in an Aunt Martha catalog brochure called The Quilt Fair Comes to You as pattern C5573 for 30 cents. Either of these could have been Gasperik's source. Both are associated with the Century of Progress world's fair and the famously publicized Sears quilt contest of 1933. These were the seminal events in Gasperik's quilting career. The fact that Caden's prize winning quilt was presented to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt must have added to its significance in Gasperik's eyes. This presentation was memorialized in newspaper press photos of the time. One of the 1933 photographs can be see as Library of Congress Call Number LC-H21-C-257 [P&P] and Reproduction Number LC-DIG-hec-46978 (digital file from original negative). The fern leaf quilting design can be seen in remarkable detail in this photograph.
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.
1941, Indiana State Fair, 2nd prize.
1946 Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois, August, 1st prize.
1949 Tuley Park Quilt Show, Chicago, IL.
The Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.
Displayed at reception for The Alliance for American Quilts, San Francisco, CA, Aug 16, 2007.
Exhibited at Traditions, June-September 2014, an exhibit sponsored by the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI. This quilt show was organized to celebrate the life and work of quilt entrepreneur Mary McElwain
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.
1941, Indiana State Fair, 2nd prize.
1946 Illinois State Fair, 1st Prize, Best Cotton Quilt.
Mary won a Second Prize, 1946 Illinois State Fair, Best Quilting ribbon that we can't verify, but it might be for this quilt.
First Prize, 1946 Illinois State Fair, Best Cotton Patchwork
Second Prize, 1946 Illinois State Fair, Best Quilting
Tuley Park paper tag
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.
Booklet: Quilts by Boag, (Elgin, IL, circa 1933).
Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making, published by Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1934.
The Quilt Fair Comes To You, 1933 handwritten date on pamphlet in collection of Merikay Waldvogel.
Batting Wrapper Pattern: Wreath of Daisies Rock River Cotton Co. (Janesville, WI, 1934).
Booklet: Romance of the Village Quilts (Walworth, WI: Mary MacElwain, 1936) cover photo.
Blue version, 99" x 78", of the McElwain Daisies kit made by unknown quilter, purchased on eBay in 2007, in private collection of Susan Salser.
Letter from Mrs. Ferne Thompson of Springfield, Illinois to Mary Gasperik dated August 16, 1946 reading "First of all, may I congratulate you on your prize winning quilt "Daisies Won't Tell" now on exhibit at the Illinois State Fair? I admired your quilt very much and would greatly appreciate it if you would be so kind as to tell me where the pattern may be purchased for the quilt..."
Letter from Miss Veronica Gavin to Mary Gasperik, dated Aug 17, 1946 reading "In my visit of the sewing building at State Fair yesterday I couldn't forget the two beautiful quilts which belonged to you. I especially like the "daisies won't tell" pattern and also the wedding design, so if it wouldn't be too much trouble & asking too much of you I would appreciate having both the wedding pattern and the daisy one."
Handwritten exhibit tag "Daisy Quilt First Prize at Springfield--Second Prize at Indiana State Fair by Mrs. Mary Gasperik".
Exhibit Catalog LinkThe Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ann Anastasio, Curator, Ravenswood Historic Site/Livermore (CA) Area Recreation & Park District, March 14-15, 1992.
Video by Jeffrey Finn (March 15, 1992) showing Gasperik quilts on display (but we neglected to include this one!) at the Ravenswood show.
Member newsletter "A Very Special Presentation: Mary Gasperik's Quilts" The Alliance for American Quilts, Aug 30, 2007.
Yellow paper exhibit tag reading "Daisy Quilt First Prize at Springfield Second Prize at Indiana State Fair by Mrs. Mary Gasperik" in penciled handwriting. Added in ink by Elsie 'to Susan m1963'[perhaps meaning that at one time Elsie thought this quilt was a wedding gift to Susan, who was married in 1963]. Such paper exhibit tags were probably pinned to Gasperik quilts which appeared in Tuley Park quilt shows. It is true that Susan was married in 1963, but her official wedding present was (in 1963) a heavy yellow linen cutwork tablecloth which won a blue ribbon at the Illnois State Fair (Susan Salser has that tablecloth with its pinned ribbon and cardboard Illinois tag). She was later given an Indiana Wreath quilt as a wedding present from her grandmother in 1968.
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.
Susan Krueger Salser
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; Quilt owner
OTHER RELATIONSHIP TO SOURCE: If you chose Other, for the relationship to the source, describe the relationship here.
RELATIONSHIP OF SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT: Choose the best description of the relationship of the source to the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
IF SOURCE PERSON IS QUILT OWNER: If the source is the owner, choose how they came to own the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
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 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.
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Cite this Quilt
Gasperik, Mar. Daisies Won't Tell. 1940-1946. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-74. Accessed: 10/28/21
Quilts Made from Marie Webster Pattern...
Quilts Made from Marie Webster Patterns
Marie Daugherty Webster was an American quilt designer and historian. She lived in Marion, Indiana and created quilt patterns for the Ladies Home Journal starting in 1911. They often featured pastel colors and botannically accurate flowers and leaves.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: N...
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Nile Green
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace
Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index.
Mary Gasperik and the Tuley Park Quilt...
Mary Gasperik and the Tuley Park Quilting Club
May; 12; 2005
Gasperik 03: 1930s Quilt Pattern Sourc...
Gasperik 03: 1930s Quilt Pattern Sources
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 and The Illinois State F...
Mary Gasperik and The Illinois State Fair
July; 8; 2021
Mary participated in the Illinois State Fair from 1940-1966 winning over 40 ribbons.
Mrs. Mary Gasperik,
Mrs. Mary Gasperik,
August; 16; 1946
Congratulations and pattern request for "Daisies Don't Tell" pattern.
Dear Mrs. Gasperik:
Dear Mrs. Gasperik:
August; 17; 1946
Congratulations and pattern request for "Daisies Don't Tell" and wedding quilt patterns.
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.
Quilts by Boag: The Most Authentic Qui...
Quilts by Boag: The Most Authentic Quilt Line in America
July; 22; 2021
A circa 1935 price catalog of kits for quilts and pillows. The kits are mostly traditional pieced designs, but some floral applique motifs can also be found here. Pieces are die-cut. Applique quilts include stamped blocks and borders for placement purposes. Some designs are credited to Mary McElwain whose shop in Elworth, WI was not far from Elgin, IL, the home of The Boag Studios.
According to the owner's grand-daughter, Cathy Boag Beyer, besides the mail order business, Boag quilt kits were sold at fine department stores.
She reported, "The company developed dies made of high quality steel, used with a punch press to cut fabric for the kits. The dies may have been melted down during WWII with scrap metal because not all of the original dies survived."
"Some of the original dies and the original catalog design were sold to Hearthside Quilts (Vermont) in the 1980s. Hearthside reproduced the catalog in 1985 with this same colorful cover."
The Romance of the Village Quilts
McElwain, Mary A.
The Romance of the Village Quilts
McElwain, Mary A.
Romance of the Village Quilts, 36 page booklet, published in 1936 by Mary McElwain Quilt Shop in Walworth, Wisconsin. Photographs of quilt kits, interior views of quilt shop, quilting designs, index and price sheet.
Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Mak...
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
From the Sears Quilt Contest collection of Merikay Waldvogel's Archival Collection.
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