Quilt of the Month


July 2015

July 2015

Log Cabin

Maker unknown

Probably made in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Circa 1920

Ardis and Robert James Collection

IQSCM 2006.043.0108

Between the interesting setting—a twist on the usual on-point Barn Raising—and the simple, solid colors, this Log Cabin is a standout. According to American Quilts in the Modern Age: 1870-1840:

Many Log Cabin quilts in the International Quilt Study Center's collections showcase the abundance of fabric choices available to American women during the later nineteenth century. [One Barn Raising quilt in the collection] is composed of nearly one hundred different dark and light fabric [prints]. (page 92)

Log Cabins from the early 20th century, like this one, were more likely to feature fewer colors and  prints, reflecting the post-Victorian shift towards a simpler aesthetic.

To learn more about Log Cabin quilts, view the online exhibition for Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts.