Quilt of the Month


May 2004

May 2004

Log Cabin - Chevrons
Maker unknown
Probably made in Pennsylvania
Circa 1870
83" x 78"
IQSC 1997.007.0184
The Jonathan Holstein Collection, including the 1971 Whitney Museum Exhibition Quilts

Log Cabin quilts became an extremely popular American quilt style during the last quarter of the 19th century. As early as 1863, Log Cabin quilts were being made by American women, as evidenced by commendations quiltmakers received for Log Cabin quilts at the Ohio State Fair. The increasing popularity of Log Cabin quilts throughout the United States during the last quarter of the 19th century was shown by the addition of categories and premiums for Log Cabin quilts at state and agricultural fairs. At the Nebraska State Fair, for example, Log Cabin quilts were accorded their own category in 1886 and 1887.