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Log Cabin Quilt
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Title: Log Cabin Quilt
Identifier: 976.1.48
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. William N. Carr
Item Date: 1890-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Quilt backed with plain brown cotton. The decorated face of the quilt consists of a border on each side of red and green strips of fine wool. Within the border are strips or 'logs' of fine beige and faded violet wool, each colour forming a diagonal within an individual block.

Items came from the donor's parents, Robert Norman and Mary Alice Hawkins Carr. The couple had a farm that was located at 55 Burnhamthorpe Road West. Conc 2 NDS, Lot 16. They lived there from 1928 until 1963. Soon after that the land was sold for the construction of Square One Shopping Centre and the Carrs moved to 1503 Killkee Gate.

The Log Cabin pattern is a textile interpretation of the buildings that were so important to early pioneers. Traditional Log Cabin blocks were usually sewn to a square background cloth and normally start with a small central square, usually red, to represent the fireplace as the centre of the home. Around the square are sewn strips of cloth that project into each other. This geometric block allowed for great variation in the patterns.

Log Cabin Styles were both popular and practical. They could be made from scraps of material; individual blocks were easier to work. They could also be used unquilted and unstuffed due to the amount of fabric used.
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