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Title: Quilt: Log Cabin
Identifier: T.19.67
Donor: Mrs. G. H. Johnson
Item Date: 1904-1905
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A hand-stitched quilt of various fabrics including cotton, linen, and wool arranged in a log cabin design. Some of the fabric has numbers printed in red on it. Perhaps these pieces were from flour- or sugar bags. The centre of each block varies in colour and are not the usual red (representing the hearth). In the 'log cabin' type of construction, strips or 'logs' of printed cotton, linen and wool are folded one over another to build an effective pattern. The 'blocks' are put together so that light and dark strips form the large pattern of concentric squares. A border of triangular pieces of cotton and linen surrounds the 'log cabin' construction. The quilt is backed with assorted blocks of printed cotton. REF: “Pieced Quilts of Ontario”, Dorothy K. Burnham, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto 1975 pp14-15. History: This quilt was originally presented to the parents of the donor, Rev. and Mrs. H. J. Johnson, Rector of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia about 1905. It was apparently a treasured heirloom of a Parrsboro family. The log cabin design is typical of such work done in the Maritime Provinces. When the quilt is spread out, it will be seen that the squares are so arranged as to form a larger, over-all design .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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