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.

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