Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt #8 – Bleeding Heart

The Bleeding Heart

The eighth flower in the series of grandmother’s garden quilt was the old, old bleeding heart. Vera said she could remember seeing it in the yard with the snowballs late In May. As the club discussed the flower they discovered it was a cousin to a much more prosaically named flower – Dutchman’s breeches. They all said they liked the air of broken romance and languishing thought which the very name bleeding heart brought forth.

The members of the quilt club had learned by this time that they could accomplish much more If they came to club meeting with the basket block pieced and with the handle appliqued on to the upper white triangle of the block. They laid the newspaper pattern on thin cardboard or tagboard and pasted it on with library paste. They dried the pattern under pressure.

Then with sharp scissors they cut the pattern into it’s parts. Julia’s sharp eyes discovered that each pattern was cut from exactly the same pattern. That meant they applique the flowers in place as shown by the dotted lines. One flower Is laid over another at the end of the drooping stem.

Use pale pink for the flowers, soft green for leaves and stem. The hearts are embroidered with fast color embroidery cotton after the flowers have been basted and appliqued in place. Use the small insert as a guide to show placement.

Allow 1/4 Inch on all sides in cutting flowers and leaves. Cut the stem from a bias piece. Make it twice the width of stem and fold edges to. meet on underside. Baste in place and press. Pin and baste entire pattern in place. Use invisible hemming stitch to applique flowers, leaves and stem.

Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
21 Jan 1929, Mon  •  Page 9

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