Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday Archives #43: Log Cabin Quilts

Val's Quilting Studio

Well happy Tuesday Archives everyone!
 Time to dig through your past posts and share any and all post that highlight a Log Cabin.


I'm currently reading the The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini (An Elm Creek Quilt Novel) and was doing a little research myself as they actually referenced to the center of the block being black and not red, as I thought was traditional for a Log Cabin Quilt.
 I found this article on the American Quilter's Society website and here is a excerpt I found interesting:
 Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home, and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. Anecdotal evidence, based on oral folklore, suggests that during the Civil War, a Log Cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline was meant to signal a stop for the Underground Railroad.

I also found a free eBook from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting which features three different types of log cabin quilting blocks. Just click the picture:


  1. lol does a post from Monday counts as an Archive? I'm working on a log cabin now :)

  2. I don't have log cabin quilt yet, but am now a step closer, thanks to your tip about this excellent e-book. I particularly like the "Bear in the Cabin".

  3. I do a lot of log cabin variations - know that I have looked thru my archives. Hey, can't go wrong with a classic.

  4. Thanks or this last party of the year Val!

  5. The Log Cabin block has such an interesting history. Thanks for sharing what you found.

  6. That is fascinating. I always thought the red center was traditional.

  7. I have quilted in a log cabin but never made a log cabin quilt. Maybe I should make a log cabin quilt whilst spending a couple of months in our Yukon log cabin!

  8. Hi Val! Happy New Year! I had read that before about the black center in a log cabin. I think that is so cool that quilts were used as a signal for a stop on the Underground Railroad.

  9. I have one log cabin variation that I haven't finished yet...if my laser for my longarm every gets here it can finally get done.

  10. Oh Oh….I LOVE log cabin quilts. I have one I have been sewing blocks on for s-e-v-e-r-a-l years now. Wouldn't take much to have enough blocks to finish it………sigh……maybe…….soon. LOL

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!


I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!


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