A CLOUD OF QUILT PATTERNS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PATTERN IN BLOG FORM UPDATES & ADDITIONS BY BARBARA BRACKMAN

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bleeding Heart


Late-19th-century design from an online auction.
Mid-19th- century version from an online auction

Thought to be from Bronxville, New York.

It's a mystery pattern. 
If appliqued it should be on page 72 of my Encyclopedia of Applique
 in the 9.9: Four Miscellaneous elements

A pretty miscellaneous bunch of patterns


Related design from the Cattaraugus County Museum in New York.
Same elements---hearts and diamonds.

This quilt is on display in their quilt show until the end of May.

Here's a variation with five units.
Attributed to Abigail Fairchild Hedges (1785-1863) 
Collection of the Newark Museum

On the reverse of this quilt is a typewritten label:
 "Bleeding Heart. / A Bride's Quilt, made by Abigail Fairchild. / Combination of patch and applique. / Abigail Fairchild born Newton, Ct. 1785,/ married Charles Hedges in Wheeling, (then / Virginia) 1811. / Loaned by Mrs. John Toohy, New Milford, Conn."
It was donated in 1963 by Roy Denslow.



Abigail Fairchild was born in Newton, Connecticut. She married Charles Hedges on January 1, 1811 in the frontier town of Wheeling in western Virginia. Hedges was from Frederick, Maryland. She is buried in Ohio County, West Virginia.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hedges&GSiman=1&GSst=52&GRid=78696215&

But are these designs appliqued? When you see a floral in a circle check to see if there are seams extending to the edge of the circle.


It would be easy to applique the center.
Beyond that---real show-off piecing.


Related to these pieced designs, perhaps. All three were published in the 20th century as Bleeding Heart.


UPDATE:
I came across this photo of a quilt in Bill Volckening's collection.
Hearts surrounded by diamonds & triangles. Another variation on the Bleeding Heart?

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