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18-14-87

DESCRIPTION:

Gasperik created a pieced quilt based on a traditional pattern block, which she might have found in a number of publications at the time. The alternating plain blocks and the wide green border provided areas for her favored quilting motifs--the Dove of Peace and the Fern Leaf designs. It is likely Gasperik undertook this particular quilt project when Bertha Stenge’s Palm Leaf quilt won national acclaim in “America Through the Needle’s Eye,” a contest held in connection with the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair and sponsored by Macy’s. It won the $500 Grand Prize and tied for the $125 Most Popular prize. Gasperik had entered ‘Road to Recovery’ (#066) in a different New York World’s Fair quilt contest (sponsored by Good Housekeeping). That Gasperik quilt (which was an original design) won no prize and was sent back rather than displayed with other quilts made for the fair. Gasperik probably deliberately set about to make her own Palm Leaf quilt, taking the Stenge acclaim as a personal challenge.

ESSAY:

This pieced block was offered by the major quilt pattern sources in the 1930s, including:
Ladies Art Co. #461 (1920s) - "Palm Leaf";
Kansas City Star (McKim Studios) - "Palm Leaf";
Ruby McKim's 101 Patchwork Patterns - "Palm Leaf" (1930s);
Quilting booklet by Alice Beyer (1934);
Nancy Cabot in Chicago Tribune (1930s);
Laura Wheeler #1370 - "Palm" (1930s)
Home Art Studios - Pattern #191 - "Hosanna Quilt" (1930s);
Hall & Kretsinger Romance of the Patchwork Quilt pp. 102-103 - "Hozanna" or "The Palm" (1935);
Mountain Mist #77 - "The Palms" copyright 1940.
Chicago quilter Bertha Stenge created a similar quilt using this same block. She won several state and local contests with her Palm Leaf quilt in 1935 and 1936. She added trapunto designs, which attracted the judges' notice. In the summer of 1940, Stenge won the 1940 New York World's Fair contest with her Palm Leaf quilt. Gasperik probably saw Stenge's quilt when it was exhibited in Chicago in 1936. According to the April 20, 1936 Chicago Tribune, 65,000 persons visited the pageant during its first two days. Stenge's Palm Leaf quilt was the pageant's "first prize loan exhibit quilt, the most valuable at the Women's Pageant of Progress on Navy pier." Stenge's quilt featured pairs of quilted birds. It is interesting that Gasperik chose to quilt pairs of birds into her Hosannah quilt, made years after the Stenge quilt, showing that she desired to make something similar; but Gasperik did not add trapunto as Stenge did.

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.

020

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Finished quilt

QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts.

Hosannah

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.

Hosannah

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.

Palm Leaf

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.

1304.5

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is.

75 inches

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is.

91 inches

SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.

Other

OTHER SHAPE OF EDGE: If you chose Other, please describe the edge treatment here.

Corners are slightly, and deliberately, shaved.

SHAPE OF CORNERS: Choose the best description for the corners of the quilt.

Straight

PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): Enter all colors that are found in the quilt.

Cream; Green

QUILT-SPECIFIC COLOR(S): These are color names that describe how the fabric was made, (usually a dye process) or where the fabric was manufactured.

Nile Green

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.

Excellent/like new

TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt.

Date; Place

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.

"1941" and "CHICAGO" in Japanese style lettering.

DATE OF INSCRIPTION: Enter the date found on the quilt.

1941

METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt.

In the quilting

LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.

other

OTHER LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe where the inscription was found.

Top - Front of 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.

1930-1949

DATE FINISHED: Enter the date the quilt was finished.

1941

FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT: If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date.

1941

OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date.

1941

OTHER DATE ESTIMATION BY WHOM: Enter the name and/or title of the person who estimated the quilt's date for field 23d.

Merikay Waldvogel

FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING DATE(S): If you know anything else about the date the quilt was made, please tell the story.

Based on pattern source, Nile green color, etc.

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Block pattern

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

12

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.

On point or rotated on 45 degrees

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.

Alternating with plain squares

NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BLOCK PATTERNS PRESENT: Enter the number of different block patterns used in the quilt.

1

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.

Same block throughout

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.

3

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.

Pieced diamond border surrounds center panel; then a wide green border; and finally a narrow white border. The border corners are inset palm leaf blocks edged with slightly triangular pieces probably chosen to echo the leaf shape. These create the unusual effect of a shaved corner.

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top.

Cotton

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.

Print; Solid/plain

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back.

Cotton

COLOR OF BACKING: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt backing.

Green

DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt.

Same fabric used throughout; Solid/plain

MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding.

Cotton

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

QUILTING TECHNIQUES USED: Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together.

Hand quilting

THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.

white

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: MOTIFS/OVERALL PATTERNS: Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top.

Grid diamond; Grid square

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top.

Other

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: BACKGROUND FILL PATTERNS: Choose the background quilt design found on the quilt top.

Grid/crosshatch

PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any other quilting designs that appear on the quilt.

Dove of Peace was possibly copied from Carrie Hall Plate XII facing page 75 of Hall and Kretsinger Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America in plain blocks. Another source, closely resembling the Carrie Hall block was offered on page 6 of the 1933 booklet Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making as Perforated Quilting Pattern 25A47250. The quintuplet fern leaf motif in green border and triplet fern leaf in half triangle blocks in center panel (from Aunt Martha commercial pattern). It should be noted that Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making also advertised "Perforated Quilting Pattern 25A47201" described as "The beautiful feathered design" which appeared on the Grand Prize Winning quilt submitted to the Sears Quilt Contest by Margaret Rogers Caden of Kentucky. Absent being able to compare either of these actual quiltING patterns with the many Gasperik quilts on which this design is quilted, it is impossible to know for sure what Mary Gasperik's original source was for what turned out to be her favorite quiltING motif!

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.

Unusually shaped (shaved) corners.

QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top.

Gasperik, Mary

QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top.

Gasperik, Mary

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made.

Chicago

COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made.

Cook County

STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made.

Illinois (IL)

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made.

United States

HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt.

Inheritance

DETAILS ON HOW THE QUILT WAS ACQUIRED:

Hosannah was given to Doris and Elmer Gasperik and later inherited by their children.

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list.

Personal enjoyment

PLEASE EXPLAIN OTHER OCCASION, IF APPLICABLE: If you chose Other, please explain the occasion.

Perhaps made as a response to the acclaim for Bertha Stenge's grand prize-winning Palm Leaf quilt in the 1939-1940 national quilt contest America Through the Needles Eye.

QUILT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO BE USED AS: Choose how the quilt was originally used.

Bedding, special occasion

QUILT IS PRESENTLY USED AS: Choose how the quilt is being used by the present owner.

Keepsake/memento

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.

Purchased new

QUILT TOP PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt.

Commercial/Published source: Pattern; Other

OTHER TOP PATTERN SOURCE(S): If you chose Other, please explain where the pattern was found.

Hosannah, page 15, in Quilting, a manual written for Chicago's Tuley Park Quilt Club.

QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for the quilting design used in this quilt.

Commercial pattern; Other

OTHER QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: If you chose Other, please explain the where the quilting design pattern was found.

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).
Lettering from The Wonder Package.

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 leaf quiltING pattern from Aunt Martha;
Dove of Peace quiltING probably copied from Carrie Hall, Plate XII.

EXHIBITIONS: List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

The existence of yellow paper exhibit slip reading Hosanna indicates this quilt was probably included in a Tuley Park quilt show.

The Quilts of Mary Gasperik, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA, March 14-15, 1992.

This is one of the 23 Mary Gasperik quilts exhibited in the Carnegie Room of the Marion Indiana Public Library July 16-17, 2021 in connection with the ceremony honoring the induction of Mary Gasperik into The Quilters Hall of Fame as their 2021 Legacy Quilter honoree. Mary Gasperik Quilters Hall of Fame Induction Exhibit.

OTHER RELATED ITEMS: List other materials that exist about this quilt like oral histories, wills, diaries, or patterns.

Quilting, by Alice Beyer, Director - Art Crafts for the Chicago Park District. Copyright 1934, South Park Commissioners, Chicago.

Information on Stenge quilt from Twentieth Century Quilts 1900-1950, by Thomas K. Woodard and Blanche Greenstein, E. P. Dutton, New York, 1988, page 24.

Bertha Stenge's grand-prize-winning Palm Leaf quilt featured "Love Birds" quilted into its top and its border (Quilters' Journal, Summer 1980, Vol. 3 No. 2, p. 15, in a quotation from American Home, Sept. 1947).

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:

Private

NAME OF QUILT OWNER:

Heirs of Elmer Gasperik - Kathy Jacob contact.

QUILT OWNER'S COUNTRY:

United States

AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE'S RELATION TO THE QUILT:

Author/researcher; Blood relative of quiltmaker

OTHER RELATIONSHIP TO SOURCE: If you chose Other, for the relationship to the source, describe the relationship here.

Grand-daughter

OTHER INFORMATION ON SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT:

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:

Mihalovits, Maria

QUILTMAKER'S GENDER:

Female

QUILTMAKER'S BIRTH DATE:

01/25/1888

DEATH DATE OF THE QUILTMAKER, IF APPLICABLE:

05/25/1969

QUILTMAKER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

QUILTMAKER'S EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Elementary School

QUILTMAKER'S COUNTRY OF BIRTH:

Hungary

IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP?

Rural

CITY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Chicago

COUNTY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Cook

STATE WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

Illinois (IL)

COUNTRY WHERE THE QUILTMAKER LIVES/LIVED:

United States

QUILTMAKER'S FATHER'S NAME:

Mihalovits, Istvan

FATHER'S BIRTHPLACE:

Hungary

FATHER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

QUILTMAKER'S MOTHER'S NAME:

Mihalovits, Vidoszava

MOTHER'S BIRTHPLACE:

Hungary

MOTHER'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

SPOUSE'S ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

Hungarian

SPOUSE'S OCCUPATION:

Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher

NUMBER OF CHILDREN:

3

NUMBER OF FEMALE CHILDREN:

1 (Elsie 1909-1988)

NUMBER OF MALE CHILDREN:

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?

Age 40-49

WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT:

Pleasure; Other

OTHER, WHY THE QUILTMAKER 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 belonged to a group, enter the name of the group.

Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club

LOCATION OF GROUP:

Southside Chicago and Detroit MI

SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES/EVENTS OF QUILTING GROUP: Enter activities the group participated 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:

more than 50

DID THE QUILTMAKER SELL QUILTS?

no

DOES/DID QUILTMAKER TEACH QUILTING: Is the quilt maker also a quilt teacher?

no

PHOTO CREDIT:

Don Gonzalez

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT IS:

Restricted

HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT:

Susan Salser

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Cite this Quilt

Gasperik, Mar. Hosannah. 1941. From Mary Gasperik Legacy Project, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=18-14-87. Accessed: 08/19/22

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