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This is the last completed quilt Mary Gasperik made. She made it for her great-grand daughter Cathy Salser who was born in November 1966. Susan Salser, the child's mother, remembers that Mary Gasperik did not quilt much after 1962 when her husband died. And in 1967 she was dealing with painful arthritis. But she made this quilt for her newest great grandchild. The pattern (or possibly stamped block) dates back to the 1940s.
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Mary Gasperik Legacy Project
Who documented this quilt?
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
Gasperik Legacy Project Number:
This is a:
Owner's name for quilt:
Doll Quilt (Cathy)
How wide is the quilt?
How long is the quilt?
Shape of edge:
Shape of corners:
What color is the quilt?
Blue or Navy; Coral; Pink; White; Yellow
Overall color scheme:
Light or pastel colors
Tears or holes
Describe the damage:
There a few pin-hole sized holes. Cathy was allowed to play with the quilt as much as she wanted to. And she did.
When was the quilt finished?
Family/owner's date for quilt:
Who estimated the quilt's date?
Further information concerning dates:
Given to Cathy Salser in April 1967 soon after she was born.
Describe the borders:
Visually, the border is actually the quilt's UNquilted 2-inch outermost space.
Fiber types used to make the quilt top:
Fabric types used to make the quilt top:
Fabric styles used in the quilt top:
Describe the fibers or fabrics in the quilt top:
Although the backing and binding are done in plainweave cotton, the blue ground of the quilt top is appears to be rayon crepe and the four girls' bonnets are cut from pink and white cotton flannel and stitched down with thick pink embroidery floss
Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:
Embellishment techniques used to make the quilt top:
Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?
Describe embellishment materials or techniques:
Embroidered flowers are made with very thickly applied cotton floss.
Materials used to make the back:
What color is the back of the quilt?
Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:
Describe the back:
Same fabric used throughout; Solid/plain
Materials used in the quilt binding:
Fabric structure of the binding:
How is the binding made?
What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?
half inch - one inch
What kind of filling is used in the quilt?
How are the layers held together?
Color of thread used in the quilting:
Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:
Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:
Quilting designs used, overall motifs:
Grid square; Patches outlined/in the ditch
Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:
Quilting designs used, background fills:
Describe the quilting designs used:
Around each face is a wreath; beneath each face is a quilted stem with two leaves. 24 quilted four-petaled flowers are throughout the center panel, each inside a quilted square and each bearing a gold embroidered center.
Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:
Each young girl is wearing a flannel bonnet which is tied in a bow under her chin. The faces are embroidered with bright blue eyes. Medium brown floss is used to embroider the hair and other facial features.
Quilt top made by:
Where the quilt was made, city:
Where the quilt was made, state:
Where the quilt was made, country:
How was this quilt acquired?
Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:
The quilt was made for Gasperik's great-granddaughter, Cathy Salser, born in November 1966.
Why was the quilt made?
Baby or crib
The quilt was made to be used for:
Quilt is presently used as:
Describe present uses of the quilt:
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.
Where did the maker get their materials?
Where did the maker find their pattern?
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
Commercial name of the pattern for the top:
Possibly made with a stamped embroidered block.
Where did the quiltmaker find the pattern for the quilting design on the quilt?
Describe anything about the design of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field:
A similar design of baby faces on flower stalks sold on ebay. Found along the side of one of the blocks on that quilt was this pattern information: No. 0997 Flower Blocks RN21179. "RN" refers to Royal Neighbors publishing company (Davenport, IA). Through their mail order catalog, needlework patterns were sold. Further research is needed.
Publications (including web sites) where this quilt or maker was featured:
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.
Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:
Susan Salser remembers: "My daughter Cathy was born November of 1966. Mary Gasperik died May 25, 1969. We were living in Switzerland at the time when I sent a thank you note to my grandmother. The note dated April 15, 1967 was saved and I now have it. It said that 'the quilt is lovely and arrived in fine shape.' "
Ownership of this quilt is:
Quilt owner's name:
Susan Krueger Salser
Quilt owner's country:
Person filling out this form is:
Author/researcher; Blood relative of quiltmaker; Quilt owner
Source of the information on this quilt:
Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:
If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?
Received as a gift
Describe the relationship to the quilt's maker:
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:
Quiltmaker's birth date:
Quiltmaker's birthplace, country:
Quiltmaker's date of death:
Quiltmaker's ethnic background/tribal affiliation:
Quiltmaker's educational background:
In which kind of environment did the quiltmaker live?
Quiltmaker's father's name:
Quiltmaker's father's birthplace:
Quiltmaker's father's ethnic/tribal background:
Quiltmaker's mother's name:
Quiltmaker's mother's birthplace:
Quiltmaker's mother's ethnic/tribal background:
Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and/or partner's/partners' ethnic/tribal background:
Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and/or partner's/partners' occupation:
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher
Number of children:
How many of the quiltmaker's children were girls?
1 (Elsie 1909-1988)
How many of the quiltmaker's children were boys?
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?
Why does the quiltmaker quilt?
Other notes on how the quiltmaker learned, and how and why they quilt:
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.
Does/did the quiltmaker belong to a group? Name of the group?
Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club
Does/did the quiltmaker belong to a group?
Southside Chicago and Detroit MI
What are the main activities of the group?
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt shows; Detroit group held national exhibits and contests.
Estimated number of quilts made by this quiltmaker:
more than 50
Does/did the quiltmaker sell quilts?
Does/did the quiltmaker teach quilting?
Who photographed this quilt?
Bruce Morr Photography
Access and copyright information:
Cite this Quilt
Gasperik, Mar. Doll Quilt. 1966-1967. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-76. Accessed: 03/27/23
Gasperik 05: Gifts for Children
Gasperik 05: Gifts for Children
May; 12; 2005
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