Nearly two years ago I was fortunate to attend an exhibit "Quilting Through the Ages" at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carraige House. Among the extensive displays was a friendship quilt from Bethel, Ohio dated 1854. A few of the blocks on the quilt are the whig rose pattern.
This morning I read of the pieced whig rose on Ms. Brackman's Material Culture blog, and I immediately went back to those pictures I took of that quilt to look more closely at the construction of the whig rose blocks.
What do you think? Hard to tell from a photo that you cannot zoom. There is *nothing* like studying a quilt in person. I cannot see enough antique quilt exhibits! Anyway, after inspecting the few photos I have, the three roses with dark centers seem to be pieced to me. In the rose on the upper left, I detected piecing seams in the center portion. In the other two I saw hints of them, but since it's quilted in a cross hatch pattern, it's hard to tell if I am seeing quilting lines or pieced seams.
One of the many things I love about quilting is I am always learning something! There are more pictures from that exhibit posted here.