Celebrating the Art of Quilting

Beth Donaldson, The Quilt Index Honors Mary Gasperik

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A new version of The Quilt Index (QI) was launched in 2020. Along with improvements to speed and searching, the new QI highlights connections. New pages for artists, stories, exhibits, museums, and collections link up to quilts, essays, ephemera, and lesson plans. The Mary Gasperik Legacy collection provides the perfect vehicle to navigate the QI. Mary Gasperik’s family’s research has uncovered ephemera, correspondence, essays, prize ribbons, an exhibit catalog, genealogy, a diary, and family photos. During Celebration 2021, you can see some of Gasperik’s quilts in person and Mary’s granddaughter Susan Salser and Quilters Hall of Famer Merikay Waldvogel will discuss their research on Mary’s quilts. In this presentation Beth Donaldson (Associate Director of the QI) will be live on the QI to show you how those materials were used to re-create the compelling story of Gasperik’s extraordinary life and quilts. While discovering Mary, we’ll use searches, filters, comparisons, zooms, and sorting tools so you can master the QI and enjoy the 85,000 quilts,  141 artists, 46 documentation projects, 159 museums, 44 special collections, 648 newspaper clippings, 573 quilt patterns, 295 research papers, 216 historic photographs and so much more.


Beth has been a quilter for over 40 years. Her experience teaching quiltmaking, and authoring quilt patterns and how to books, led to 20 years at the Michigan State University. She was part of the quilt collection team taking care of the over 1000 quilts in their exceptional collection. Projects included co-authoring books, helping with quilt exhibits and touring them around the world. While at the MSU Museum, Beth joined the Quilt Index team. Beth has since retired from the MSU Museum, but maintains her work with the Quilt Index as the Associate Director.

Friday July 16, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00pm

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