I have provided a free Valentine’ Day redwork heart pattern for you to stitch. I hope you enjoy it. I think it is easy enough to have completed in time for Valentine’s Day. The heart encloses springtime daffodils, and I’m pretty sure most of us are looking forward to spring when we see the real deal. I love daffodils and their sunny dispositions.
This heart design was one my mom (Betty Alderman) created for redwork. She was fairly well known for her redwork. Mom wrote an article, titled, “A Look at Redwork Past and Present.” I am unsure of the date or where it was published without going through gobs of stuff, but I thought perhaps you would like to read some of what was in the article. Here it goes:
“…Redwork, sometimes called Turkey work because of the red thread used, has been known to exist since the late 1800s and remained popular well into the 1930s. (Fortunately for quilt historians, it was often common for the makers of these quilts to embroider the date into one of the quilt blocks.)”
Early redwork quilts were, “made as fundraisers for local churches or charities such as the Red Cross. For a few pennies one could place one’s name on the quilt and when the quilt was completed it was raffled off to the highest bidder. Some of these fundraiser quilts contain names only, which are arranged in an artistic manner such as the spokes of a wheel, while others include more ambitious and, often, lovely artwork such as renditions of local churches or other architecture, inspirational quotes from the Bible, or simply familiar designs like flowers and tools used in everyday living.”
“In addition to the fundraising redwork quilts being made at the turn of the century, women were making redwork quilts for their homes as well. In many instances they used the same commercially available transfer patterns that were designed to be used on the concurrently popular crazy quilts. Kate Greenaway designs, historical figures, botanical prints and anything to do with the Orient were popular motifs…”
“Redwork quilts made during the 20s and 30s often have a more childlike appeal than earlier redwork quilts. Sunbonnet Sue replaces Kate Greenaway figures. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales were popular design sources. Barnyard figures and pets as well as state flowers and birds are all found on redwork quilts from this period…”
“One need not restrict one’s palette to the color red, though. Many quilts of this genre are also embroidered in blue, especially the quilts done during the 20s and 30s, as pastels became the favored color scheme for decorating.
“Other household items such as pillow shams, tray covers, and tablecloths were frequently embellished with redwork embroidery…”
Enjoy your pattern and Happy Valentine’s Day from Sew, O’Susannah! – Betsy