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Title: Quilt- Log Cabin Variation -Fence Rails
Identifier: 2007.1.9
Item Date: 1990-1930
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Museums of Mississauga

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Description: A single-sized(?) bed cover of the 'fence rail' pattern. The top blocks are hand-pieced. The original binding is hand-stitched. Some of the backing is machine-stitched, some (patches) are hand-stitched. The predominant colours of the top are red and white shades. The 'rails' are about 1 cm wide; 12 rails per block. The blocks are about 12 x 12 cm. There are 210 blocks arranged 15 x 14. The fabrics are nearly all heavy weight cotton or wool in solid colours. There a few rails of printed cotton. The binding is in several pieces and a variety of dark fabrics. The top is fastened to the backing at regular intervals, at the corners of each block, with heavy red yarn - one stitch from top through bottom, back to top, knotted and cut; tufted.

History: The Log Cabin pattern is a textile interpretation of the log cabin 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 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. This example is called Fence Rails. Log Cabin Styles were both popular and practical. They could be made from scraps of material, individual blocks were easier to work and they could be used unquilted and unstuffed due to the amount of fabric used.
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