Dolls of Stage and Seam.

On this day in 1918, Jacqueline Susann, author of Valley of the Dolls was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Susann’s 1966 mega-hit novel (later made into a movie) was about the show business lives of three women.

The 28” x 31” quilt features four tiny bonnets “cut from pink and white cotton flannel and stitched down with thick pink embroidery floss.”

Hungarian immigrant Mary Gasperik made this doll quilt for her great granddaughter between 1966-67. It was the last completed quilt made by Gasperik, a master quiltmaker from the Chicago area. Gasperik’s life and work is documented in a series of essays and photo galleries contributed to The Quilt Index by her granddaughter Susan Salser. Visit the Mary Gasperik Private Collection page here.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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About quiltalliance

The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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