ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM
Quilts by Bertha Stenge
Map of Canada
Hand-appliquéd and embroidered cotton on a silk background, trapunto quilting
Collection of Jean Wishnick
Bertha Stenge completed this quilt in just two months for the 1947 Canadian National Competition. Unfortunately, it arrived too late to be judged, but it was exhibited. Within the borders of each province, Stenge appliquéd figures describing the regional industries, products, and tourist sites. In Ontario, she included five little girls representing the Dionne quintuplets. The crowns in the border are emphasized with trapunto and appliquéd plaid maple leaves, the Canadian national symbol.
Click here to see a detail of the Map of Canada quilt.
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