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Log Cabin Quilt
Log cabin quilts are a recurrent favorite. This pattern was popular in late 19th century in America, but originated much earlier. This motif design is more than 4,000 years old. When the Egyptian pharaoh’s tombs were unearthed, small-mummified animals were found wrapped in log cabin blocks covers.
The log cabin quilt classic light and dark pattern consists of squares of 3/8"-wide "logs" of silk sewn on a cotton backing. The design- texture is created by the overlying logs. Using light and dark fabrics attains the overall effect of a log cabin quilt. A rranging the fabrics the right way, gives a mild gradation of color from square to square, a precept quilters know very well.
In America, a log cabin quilt is designed so as to remind one of the logs used for building cabins in the earlier times; the way the logs were tightly connected to each other both horizontally and vertically. The design is still popular and you can see a log cabin quilt at exhibits and homes.
The top of every assembled block is hand stitched to the silken back around every block. Red silk borders are hand quilted with diamond patterns of 16 stitches per inch, including both back and front. There is no batten between the various layers.
The Log Cabin quilt pattern is a favorite because of the versatility and simplicity of the design. Many old quilts had a red colored center square, which symbolized the hearth of the home. Although the quilt has been a favorite for years as it was a wonderful pattern for using fabric leftovers, today quilters plan their log cabin quilts with utmost care and buy fabrics especially for the quilts.
The Illinois State Museum's has are many examples of Log Cabin pattern quilts in their collection.
Historians have discovered that Log Cabin designs were popular in 1863, when the Union army was gathering money for the Civil War by raffling off quilts. It is said President Abraham Lincoln who grew up in a log cabin might have regarded the pattern as a symbol of loyalty, as head of the Union.
A major reason why the Log Cabin quilt pattern is popular is because of the foundation piecing technique, which is relatively easier to attempt.