Happy Valentine's Day!
A day for hearts and flowers
Today we can enjoy some cut-paper heart quilt patterns. (#9.8 in my Encyclopedia of Applique.)
Or if the design has eight elements rotating around a center instead of four it's a #24.4 variation.
Which Elly Sienkiewicz called Double Hearts
From an old Quilt Engagement Calendar
Similar block from Jeffrey Evans Auction.
Both probably 1840-1865
And another...from Stella Rubin
The earliest printed name for the general style of four elements is Friendship Quilt,
about 1890 from the Ladies' Art Company.
A very simple version
There is some variety in the shapes as you'd expect in a hand cut pattern.
Many of these are from online auctions.
Some just the basics---8 hearts
From Julie Silber's inventory
Some with everything plus
They are not all red.
A lot of them are blue
Here's one from an auction in Manilus, New York recently.
When I first started gathering pictures of quilts I noticed this pattern as something often seen in New York.
Here's the Blauvelt family album from Rockland County, NY with a couple of these heart applique blocks.
Sampler dated 1894
But that is just an observation. You see the pattern elsewhere.
Like in Ohio's Miami Valley---this sampler from Sue Cummings's book.
Late 19th-early 20th century style there.
[Note the example in the upper left on the cover.]
Elsewhere like Wales---
And is it a heart?
There are many versions in green.
Ftom Vintage Blessings online shop
This family quilt was seen in the Oregon project, attributed to
Irene Latham Phair of Massachusetts by her family
You hear it sometimes called Hearts & Darts today.
Maybe that's Cupid's Arrow with the heart?
Here's a pattern for a mid-19th-c version in Turkey red.
It will print out 8". Print it at 150% to fit a 15" block.