Here's a late-19th-century four-patch block.
The dark print was the inspiration for "Forget Me Not,"
a print in my Ladies's Album reproduction collection
"Forget Me Not" is available in three colorways:
Forever Green, Red Rose and Natural
"Sweet Sentiment" (see the enlarged detail) comes in five colors:
Natural, Forever Green, Tea Time, True Blue and Red Rose.
Many people added a flourish to their autograph in old album quilt blocks...
perhaps a sprig,
or the whole branch.
Mid-19th-century culture required
a little drawing skill.
We tend to leave out the flourishes today because we fear our
drawing and handwriting isn't
Are our standards too high?
These homemade flourishes have a lot of charm.
The key, as any 19th-century handwriting teacher could tell you, is