Log Cabin

July, 2015

Log Cabin

Maker unknown

Circa 1920 
Probably made in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Ardis and Robert James Collection, 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].”

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."