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Title: Quilt- Log Cabin
Identifier: 2007.1.8
Item Date: 1900-1930
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Museums of Mississauga

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Description: A double-sized log cabin pattern bed cover. The blocks appear to be hand pieced; assembly and binding are by machine. The centre of each block is a red-coloured fabric, 3.4 x 3.7 cm. The first set of side 'logs' are dark coloured. The 'logs' are about 1.0 to 1.6 cm wide. The blocks are about 17 cm square. There are 120 blocks arranged 12 x 10. The fabrics are 'rich' remnants from fine ladies and men's wear. The binding is in two solid colours, about half the circumference is a golden tan, the other half is taupe. The lining is rayon or nylon white fabric with an embossed small diamond finish, four lengths machine-stitched together.

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. 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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