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Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Other titles
    • quilt
    • 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
  • Other Number
    1949.63, T376, 30935
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cover, 1949.63, T376, 30935, Photographed by Andrew Hales, digital, 15 Nov 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
cover, 1949.63, T376, 30935, Photographed by Andrew Hales,… … Read more


  • Credit
    gift of Mrs M Donaldson, 1949, collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum, 1949.63, 30935, T376
  • Production
    not known (quilter)
    Pre 1949
    Early 20th Century
    Victorian, Contemporary Age, European and British, art and design period
    Edward VII (1901-1910), House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, English reign
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
    George VI (1936 - 1952), House of Windsor, English reign
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  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height (approximate) : 1170mm
      (from catalogue card)
      (length 1170 x width 1170 mm)
    • length : 1170mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    14 May 1997

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