A rare and early curved seam quilt by this important and influential German art quilter, who was profiled in the book 88 Leaders in the Quilt World Today, published by Nihon Vogue in 1994 and Quilts from Europe by Gul Laporte, published in 2000. In 2002, Stern-Straeter published a book about her own work, which she simply titled Quilts.
Stern-Straeter moved to the US in 1977 when her husband was posted to the UN and lived in Scarsdale, New York, until 1983, when her husband was reassigned to Saudi Arabia. She discovered American quilts during a visit to the Shelburne Museum and studied with art quilt pioneers Michael James and Beth and Jeffrey Gutcheon. In 1981, two of her quilts were chosen to be part of the prestigious Quilt National exhibition, and the New York Times published an article about her. Jeffrey Gutcheon told the TImes, "Dorle is developing an individual style of her own.Her images are sensuous, fiery and icy as far as the use of color and light is concerned. You recognize a craftsman by the color spectrum."
This quilt is among the last Stern-Straeter made while living in the US. Each of the six large blocks that make up the quilt's top combines undulating curved seam motifs with strips of varying widths and lengths. The piece is entirely hand quilted and carries Stern-Straeter's embroidered signature, the title, and the date in the lower right border.