Quilt of the Month

December 2015

December 2015

Deer in Wedgewood

Bertha A. Meckstroth

Made in Glencoe, Illinois

Dated 1932

68 x 68 inches

Jonathan Holstein Collection

IQSCM 2003.003.0361

Bertha Meckstroth created more than 140 quilts between 1916 and 1933. Meckstroth exhibited her quilts in a solo exhibition at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

Deer in Wedgewood borrows style elements from Wedgewood china and was hand-pieced and hand appliquéd.

Trained in sculpture at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Meckstroth called quilts “sculpted cloth” and she used trapunto, reverse appliqué, layering, and embroidery to create three-dimensional textures in her work.

This quilt appears in American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940, and is part of the Jonathan Holstein Collection.