Log Cabin

The Log Cabin quilt became popular in the United States by the mid-nineteenth centery. The Log Cabin pattern consist of strips of fabric (logs) sewn around a square fabric center. The center fabric square was traditional red to signify the fire on the hearth of the cabin. By careful placement of light and dark fabrics, different patterns were formed. These other patterns are known by the names of Court House Steps, Straight Furrow, and Barn Raising. Log Cabin quilts were frequently tied since it was to hard to quilt through so many seams.