Deer in Wedgewood

December, 2015

Deer in Wedgewood

Bertha A. Meckstroth

Made in Glencoe, Illinois
Dated 1932
Jonathan Holstein Collection, 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