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Old-Time Nosegay; Nosegay; French Bouquet - Nancy Page series
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This quilt, dated 1939, was destroyed in a 1980 fire. All that remains are a few photos. The quilt is based on a Nancy Page Club Series entitled French Bouquet which was offered as Old-Time Nosegay through The Detroit News.
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Gasperik followed closely a quilt design named French Bouquet made of a series of blocks and a border design that appeared in newspapers nationally (in 1933) through the syndicated Nancy Page Quilt Club. Mary Gasperik probably got her set of blocks as leaflets from the Detroit News since she was an active member, but she also might have seen the same pattern running in a Chicago newspaper. The Detroit News called the series quilt Old-Time Nosegay. It is important that the pattern was offered by The Detroit News. In October 1935, the time Mary Gasperik first discovered The Detroit News Quilt Club Corner and their not-quite-annual Quilt Show and Contest, it was a requirement (in order to qualify for some of the $500 in prize money) that qualifying quilts be made from patterns offered by The Detroit News. This had been a rule since the contest’s inception in 1933. It continued to be a requirement until the October 1938 show, which offered lesser cash prizes in the category “Best Quilt (Not News Pattern)”. By the time of the next (and what turned out to be the last) Detroit News Quilt Contest – May 1940 – the situation had reversed. Although a total of $500 was still being awarded, the lesser prize money - 10 prizes of $5 each – was awarded in the category “best finished quilts made with Detroit News patterns”. If Gasperik’s ‘Nosegay’ went to Detroit and won a prize there, it would have been at this final contest, where it is known that Mary Gasperik was awarded one of those 10 prizes.
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Mary Gasperik Legacy Project
Who documented this quilt?
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
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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.
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.
French Bouquet - Nancy Page series
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.
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.
Cream; Green; Pink
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.
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.
Destroyed in a house fire in 1980.
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.
METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
In the quilting
OTHER LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe where the inscription was found.
Year 1939 was quilted above the quilted basket of fruit and flowers in the center of the pillow-top area of 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.
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.
Estimated date is based on date when the quilt pattern series ran in 1933-34. Actual quilt was dated 1939.
LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.
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.
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.
Gasperik 'blocks' are appliqued onto wholecloth.
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BLOCK PATTERNS PRESENT: Enter the number of different block patterns used in the quilt.
12 different bouquet blocks, 15 dfferent flower blocks
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.
Outer border of applique flower blooms; narrower inner border frames the applique blocks.
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: 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.
Gasperik rearranged the placement of the 12 different Nancy Page bouquets and she angled the placement of her border flowers so that they 'dance' left and right rather than march in the straight up and down order proposed by Nancy Page/Detroit News pattern.
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.
MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
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.
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.
Echo; Grid diamond; Patches outlined/in the ditch
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.
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.
The two doves of peace quilted on either side of the vase are more complicated than the commercial 'Dove of Peace' quiltING pattern and closely resemble the "Dove of Peace" pictured in Plate XII (facing page 75) of "Reproductions of Quilt Patches" by Carrie A. Hall in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America by Carrie A. Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger (1935). Gasperik quilted this same dove into quilts #013, #020 and #021. In between the two doves Gasperik quilted the outline of one of the quilt's bouquets (the center nosegay in the second row from the top).
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.
Description of border, quilting designs, etc. is based on the b/w photo of Mary Gasperik sitting at a quilt frame on which this quilt is stretched, and also on a family b/w photograph (undated) of the completed quilt.
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.
Shortly before her death, Mary Gasperik asked daughter Elsie to select 3 quilts for granddaughters Joanne, Charlene and Louise Gasperik. This quilt was one of Elsie's 3 selections. The quilts were given to the girls' mother, Erika Gasperik. This one was subsequently chosen by Joanne.
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
PLEASE EXPLAIN OTHER OCCASION, IF APPLICABLE: If you chose Other, please explain the occasion.
The grandprize-winning quilt at the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show (which Gasperik attended) was an Old-Time Nosegay quilt made from the Detroit News pattern. Gasperik probably wanted make her own (better) version to compete in Detroit.
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 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: Newspaper
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.
Detroit News Pattern Leaflets for Old-Time Nosegay - Series of 30 patterns.
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.
OTHER QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: If you chose Other, please explain the where the quilting design pattern was found.
"Dove of Peace" probably copied from Carrie Hall Plate XII in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt (1935).
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.
It should be noted that the Gasperik quilt is made by appliquéing the bouquet and individual flower commercial blocks onto a whole piece of fabric rather than by assembling the quilt block by block, which is the way newspapers marketed block quilt patterns. She could not have begun this quilt before she had collected the entire set of patterns. The Detroit News/Page pattern included 12 different bouquet blocks (comprising the center panel of the quilt) and 15 different individual flower blocks (comprising the two side borders of the quilt). Making this quilt required more than two dozen appliqué patterns (each of which is complex). The Detroit News offered them, block by block, between December 1933 and July 1934. Salser believes Gasperik probably picked up her set of patterns at the April 1937 Detroit News Quilt Show where she saw the grandprize-winning Old-Time Nosegay quilt made by Elizabeth Aellig of Detroit. In today's quilt language, Gasperik regarded the quilts she saw in Detroit as "challenge" 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.
A yellow paper exhibit tag reading "Nosegay Quilt" by Mrs. M. Gasperik indicates this quilt was included in a Tuley Park quilt show.
If it was sent to Detroit, that must have occured in May 1940 (there was no 1939 Detroit News quilt show)
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.
Probably won a $5 prize in the category "Best Finished Quilts Made with Detroit News patterns" at the 1940 Detroit News Quilt Contest. 10 such prizes were awarded at the May 1940 (final) Detroit quilt show and Mary Gasperik was awarded one of them. At this same show she won a second prize in the category "best finished applique quilt", probably for her Hungarian Girls quilt (#014), which was not made from a Detroit News pattern. More than 2000 quilts were entered in this contest.
This is the Special Premium Ribbon awarded Mary Gasperik. It was one of ten quilts awarded for "Finished Quilts News Pattern."
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 clipping, January 2, 1934: Edith B. Crumb, Quilt Club editor, holding a quilt of this design.
Compare to Nancy Page Quilt Club series of 30 blocks: French Bouquet.
Overall view of Nancy Page quilt French Bouquet.
Photo taken by Elmer Gasperik of his mother seated at her quilting frame in the dining room at 9314 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, working on Nosegay (which looks nearly completed). Elmer Gasperik heirs - private collection.
Family b/w photograph of completed Gasperik quilt (undated)
Color photograph of Gasperik Nosegay hanging on a clothesline is picture #6 on a computer disc sent to Susan Salser by Kathy Jacob, 1/30/2006. Picture #5, on this same disc, is a b/w photo of Nosegay airing on a different clothesline. Neither picture is dated. Original photos in private collection of Elmer Gasperik heirs.
Yellow paper exhibit tag for "Nosegay Quilt" (Susan Salser- private 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.
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.
This quilt was probably made to compete in a Detroit News quilt show. At the time Gasperik began competing in those shows, it was a requirement - in order to win prize money - that a quilt be made from a Detroit News quilt pattern. 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.
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.
unknown, family photo
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. Old-Time Nosegay. 1939. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-78. Accessed: 10/28/21
Detroit News Quilt History Project
Detroit News Quilt History Project
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Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern
The Detroit News
Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern
The Detroit News
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For this quilt made in 1956 for grand-daughter Karen's wedding, Gasperik transformed a 1930s Detroit News quilting pattern of calla lilies into an applique motif she used on all the wedding quilts she made (see #'s 012, 013, 074, and 068). The 16 applique bouquets are from The Detroit News Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern Block Design 1761-ID50, creatively rearranged by Gasperik.
Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern
The Detroit News
Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern
The Detroit News
January; 3; 1937
A pattern leaflet for the Bridal Bouquet Quilt Pattern.
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Mary Gasperik and The Illinois State Fair
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Mary participated in the Illinois State Fair from 1940-1966 winning over 40 ribbons.
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