Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts

Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts

Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts

Log Cabin quilt blocks are visually dynamic for a very simple reason: CONTRAST. In the three Log Cabin block designs, contrasting light and dark areas fall on either side of diagonal lines. 

And when many blocks are set together in a quilt, these lines move, quiver, ripple, dart, or spin across the surfaces. They are Dynamic! Dynamite! 

The perennially popular Log Cabin quilts, whether made with Standard Log Cabin blocks, Courthouse Steps, or Pineapple variation blocks, resonates for makers and collectors even today. At the IQSCM, Log Cabin quilts pop up in most of the museum’s major collections, including the Jonathan Holstein Collection, the Ardis and Robert James Collection, and the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection, from which the quilts for this exhibition were selected. 

Log Cabin quilts will likely remain popular to make and view for years to come because of their dynamic, timeless, and straightforward designs.

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Log Cabin Settings

Log Cabin Settings
Log Cabin Settings

Log Cabin blocks start with a center square. The Courthouse Steps and Pineapple blocks diverge from the standard in how strips are added. In the standard Log Cabin block, strips spiral out from the center to the block edge. In the Courthouse Steps variation, strips step out from the center, top and bottom, side by side. In the Pineapple variation, strips radiate outward, first along the sides, then at the corners.

Part of the standard Log Cabin block’s great versatility is the many ways it can be arranged, or set, to create different designs. In this animation, you can see several settings: Barn Raising, Chevron, Straight Furrows and Streak of Lightning.

Log Cabin blocks start with a center square. The Courthouse Steps and Pineapple blocks diverge from the standard in how strips are added. In the standard Log Cabin block, strips spiral out from the center to the block edge. In the Courthouse Steps variation, strips step out from the center, top and bottom, side by side. In the Pineapple variation, strips radiate outward, first along the sides, then at the corners.

Log Cabin blocks start with a center square. The Courthouse Steps and Pineapple blocks diverge from the standard in how strips are added. In the standard Log Cabin block, strips spiral out from the center to the block edge. In the Courthouse Steps variation, strips step out from the center, top and bottom, side by side. In the Pineapple variation, strips radiate outward, first along the sides, then at the corners

Sponsors

Sponsors
Sponsors

Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Event Date
Friday, March 7, 2014 to Saturday, November 29, 2014