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Title: Quilt: Courthouse Steps
Identifier: T.75.72
Donor: Mrs. William Lawrence
Item Date: 1850 - 1900
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: The quilt has strips or 'logs' that are folded one over the other to build an effective pattern. Each individual block of the quilt is made up of two colours, a light and a dark, that are opposite each other in the block, forming triangular pyramids which meet at the centre of the block. The design is called 'Courthouse Steps'. The quilt is backed with a piece of fine red wool. Colours include red, brown, yellow, green, rust, and black. History: Acquired from Relique Boutique by the donor. 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. This style of log cabin quilt is called Courthouse Steps.
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