Quilt by Wanda Buell Ross
Nebraska Quilt Project & the Quilt Index
A popular late-20th century design, a wreath with a central heart design
and four hearts in the corners.
Ruth Willett, Michigan Project
The Quilt Index has a few of these, all stitched after 1949 when the pattern was first published by Marguerite Ickis in her book The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting
Marguerite lived in New York City after graduating from Columbia University.
She worked for the W.P.A. and wrote a couple of books on crafts and quilts.
Bridal WreathAfter looking at a lot of applique blocks with hearts in the corners for our Ladies' Aid New York Sampler last year we can guess that Marguerite found this quilt in New York. It does seem to be one-of-a-kind if one assumes it was made before 1930.
Rebecca Schnekenburger's Ladies' Aid Sampler with hearts linking the album blocks.
See the pattern links for twelve of the blocks here:
It's too bad we don't have a color picture of the quilt Ickis patterned.
Hard to say how old it is.
The Wyoming project pictured two.
If they used her pattern drawing they would have placed the interior hearts on the
north/south axis of the block instead of the diagonal shown in the old quilt.
The pattern also appeared in a magazine, but I don't have a source.
I thought we could use a better pattern based more on the original quilt.
Print this out on 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Note the inch square for sizing.
Marguerite's wreath circle is quite narrow. You might want to make it a 3/8" finished bias strip.
She called the design Bridal Wreath. We have no idea where her information came from (aside from her imagination---a common reporting method at the time).
Read more about Marguerite Ickis at these posts:
She spent her later years in Dennis, Massachusetts:
From the unknown magazine
And I believe she was the first inductee into the Quilters' Hall of Fame: