Thursday, November 17, 2011

Facts I learned on the Log Cabin

I learned some interesting facts on the Log Cabin Block that I would like to share with others.  Some, like myself, are unaware of the interesting history behind these beautiful quilts.   Did you know that each square is a piece of history itself?  The block is a representation of an early log cabin home that was being built on the wide prairie.

The story behind the Log Cabin Quilt is as follows:

The center block is usually red or yellow.  This represents the fire in the hearth.

The light strips of fabric found on one isde of the square is the sun shining on the eastern side of the log cabin.

As of course the dark strips are for the shady side of the log cabin.

Together these simple strips were stitched together in a precise manner to form a complete picture of those who lived on the prairie.  They were to represent:  Home, Warmth, Love, and Security.

According to experts the earliest American Log Cabin Quilt that still exists was created in 1869.  Apparently it was signed and dated.  That does not mean there may have been many others that were fashioned by hand prior to that date.  

I also read that some will argue with the history and say the block was originated by Egyptians during the early Centuries,  No matter where or when this block first was originated, we are fortunate to still be able to enjoy the beauty of the Log Cabin Quilt.

Happy Quilting everyone, and hope you have a Great Day.

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