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June 6, 2013

Log cabin silk quilt

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 8:30 am

Log cabin silk quilt

Log cabin quilt in Barn Raising pattern. Pieced blocks of multicolored printed silks, woven stripes and plaids, brocades and woven grosgrain ribbons. Black silk center squares. Gray silk binding. Backing is a brown and gray striped dress silk. Hand pieced and hand sewn, circa 1860.

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2 Responses to “Log cabin silk quilt”

  1. Glenna Jo Christen Says:

    It is beautiful, but according to quilt historians I’ve talked to, the log cabin quilt post dated the Civil War or rather the Lincoln assassination. Some say it was a variation on earlier patterns such as courthouse steps, etc. in commemoration of Lincoln after his death.

  2. Linda McShannock Says:

    You make a valid point. Quilt historians agree that the log cabin pattern was not named until 1863 and that the popularity of log cabin quilts grew as a commemoration of Lincoln’s death. However, silk quilts pieced in this style were made pre-Civil War. The fabrics in this quilt date to the 1840s-1860s, the backing fabric (which is not pictured) is an 1860s style striped silk dress fabric and the maker, Silence King Woodbury, died in 1864. All considerations which prompt us to give this quilt a circa 1860s date. Be sure to check out additional quilts on the Society’s website at Collections Online.

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