This block was in a quilt offered in a Shenandoah Valley, Virginia auction a few years ago, one block in a sampler (also quirky) that looked to be middle of the 19th century.
This is the whole quilt bound and everything. It's about 85" across.
Trimmed of two borders???
Here's how you do it. Cut a square. Use some kind of
an arc and draw concentric lines. Slash the fabric as you
sew along those lines. Turn under the edge, stitch down.
Slash the next arc.
In a quilt from the collection of the Yakima Washington Museum
Just a block, a willow tree.
Extreme tree trimming. From Ruth Finley's 1929 book.
You slash and then you clip each branch and fold and stitch like
dog teeth applique.
See a post here:
Tempted to try it? Tree of Temptation.