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  • Other Name


    log cabin

  • Description

    cover, multi-coloured patchwork in log cabin pattern from strips of cotton, silk and wool, sewn on each patch on two sides only to form overlapping design, backed with red satin.

    Log Cabin quilt, early 20th century

    maker unknown, England, before 1949

    satin, velvet and ribbons, satin lining

    hand stitched, strip pieced; barn raising pattern

    length 1145 mm x width 1160 mm

    In log cabin quilts the pattern depends upon the arrangement of strips of fabric or ribbon into light and dark colours. This quilt is arranged in the barn raising pattern, one of several log cabin variations. It was probably made in the early 20th century.

    Log cabin quilts are a favourite American pattern but probably has its origins in England. The earliest known example was made in the 1820s by an English woman who migrated to the USA. It was also popular in Canada, so much that the Encyclopedia of Needlework by SA Caulfield and BC Saward (1885) refers to the pattern as ‘Canadian’ patchwork.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Other Id

    T376 (textile)

    30935 (ethnology)

  • Department
cover, 1949.63, T376, 30935, Photographed by Andrew Hales,… … Read more

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