Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts


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 Block Settings

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.

This animation was created by the students of the Vault team, supervised by Michael Burton, lecturer, Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design.

Click the images below to see a larger view of and detailed information on the quilts included in this exhibition.