Compared to Rose Trees seen in the last post on Show Off Piecing this pieced love apple is postively do-able.
The fruit is pieced; it looks like the stem and leaves are appliqued.
From the way the green is fading to brown I'd guess 1880-1910.
Is the border pieced too?
Pieced borders are the ultimate show-off piecing.
The dots are appliqued atop the swags pieced into the background. This mid-19th-century example is quilted with stuffed work (trapunto), another indication of a Tennessee quilt. Tennessee quilters did a LOT of stuffed work.
Here's a possible pieced border from the Quilts of Tennessee files on the Quilt Index. Couldn't find a picture of the whole thing but here's the link:
And a similar quilt I saw about ten years ago in an antique shop.
The swags and even that loop in the corner were pieced into the background. Talk about a Show Off.
There's a tiny embroidery stitch of thread, once green that's faded to white, linking the bud here to the swags in the corners.
But that's not really showing off. To be a real show off you have to piece the whole border into the background.
I can't even imagine the kind of pattern that was passed around hand to hand in the 1850s.
I'm not going to try it. So much can go wrong.