Perhaps one of the patterns most associated with the hardworking, frugal symbolism of American quiltmakingand explicitly associated with the pioneer experiencethe Log Cabin pieces together small “logs” of fabric to build a dynamic overall design.

Patterns like Log Cabin that used up bits and pieces of leftover fabric were possible beginning in the mid-19th century due to the abundance of inexpensive calico fabrics produced by factories. A popular arrangement featured red “chimneys,” the center square of the cabin block. 

Pattern: 
Log Cabin
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1865
1885
Possibly made in
Ohio
United States
77
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IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0551