A classic pieced and appliqued pattern
From Buckboard Quilts
There are several subtle variations:
(number of leaves, what's green and what's red and
how it fits into the square block.)
Cactus Rose Reproduction Quilt
By Pam Mayfield and Jean Stanclift,
Hand quilted by Ann Thomas,
Designed by Barbara Brackman.
When I drew this one up for America's Printed Fabrics.(see page 66 for the pattern) I put the leaf or floral at an angle and we set it side by side.
See the lines around the block to show that orientation in the square
Here's one on the diagonal in the block from 1840-1870.
One of the earlier red and green designs
Sally D. Hinckley
had a similar idea for combining two styles.
I thought this quilt might have been made in 1873 but
from what I can see of the fabrics it may be 1840-1855.
Sally might have been 73 at the time.
Most quiltmakers realized the age of chintz was
over and a white background was the thing to do.
When I indexed these for my Encyclopedia of Pieced
Quilt Patterns I described them as leaves (see page 117)
BlockBase numbers 857.01 to 857.04---none of them on the diagonal.
All are situated on the north-south axis of the block
Crib Quilt named Cactus Rose from the American Museum in Bath
The names I found in printed patterns:
- Cactus Rose - Museum catalogs -Shelburne and American Museum/Bath
- Peony - Woodard & Greenstein, Classic Crib Quilts
- Sweet Gum Leaf - Clara Stone (about 1910), Kansas City Star, 1930
- The Lily or White Lily - Carlie Sexton and Lockport Batting (about 1930)
- Star Flower - Oklahoma Farmer & Stockman (about 1925)
White Lily, early 20th century pattern from Lockport Batting
The earliest dated example I found is date-inscribed 1843-1845 from Maryland, in the collection of the Smithsonian.
Quilt that once belonged to Pink Phillips, dated 1843-1845
from Westminster, Emmitsburg, and Taney Town, Maryland
Collection of the Smithsonian. Almost the same design as White Lily.http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_556525