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National Log Cabin Day

We as quilters like to celebrate any holiday that relates to our hobbies. Today is just one of those days. While National Log Cabin Day is to commemorate the wooden kind of Log Cabins. I am celebrating Fabric Log Cabins by sharing some of my  favorite log cabins and some interesting historical facts.
I love this log Cabin that is on the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting. Made by Sherri McConnell.
Liberty Log Cabin Quilt made by Meghan of www.thencamejune.com. So fun and fresh and who doesn’t love a striped binding and a plaid backing. I love plaids!!!
A log cabin pattern using Moda’s Honey Buns by Kansas Troubles. Perfect for a Christmas quilt.
This is one of my quilts that was in American Patchwork & Quilting. I named it When Harry met Sally after the famous movie. The name seamed fitting with the mixture of designers  and the fact their styles are complete opposites, Primitive Gatherings and 3 Sisters.  (reference why I used the red centers in the history section below.)
How fun is this great big single log cabin block? Perfect for a baby quilt.
An oversized log cabin rotating darks and lights and a variety of sizes of strips.
This quilt is on my bucket list to make. It is a modern take on a log cabin quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.

Here are some interesting facts about its history:

  1. Origins and Name: The Log Cabin quilt block is thought to have originated in the mid-19th century, around the time of the American Civil War. Its name is derived from the log cabins built by early American settlers. The block’s design, with its central square and surrounding strips, resembles the way logs are stacked to build a cabin. See the reason why I can celebrate the quilts on this day?
  2. Symbolism: The central square, often made from a red fabric, traditionally symbolizes the hearth or the fireplace, which was the heart of the home. In some variations, a yellow center represents a welcoming light in the window.
  3. This is one of my patterns and it is super fun to make. Link to pattern here.

    Popular During the Civil War: The Log Cabin quilt gained popularity during the American Civil War. It was used not only as a practical item but also as a symbol of support for the Union. Quilts made with a black center square were said to indicate support for the Underground Railroad. There are stories telling stories of quilts hanging outside giving clues to what direction the soldiers were coming from.

  4. Versatile Design: The Log Cabin block can be arranged in numerous ways to create different patterns. Common layouts include Barn Raising, Straight Furrow, and Courthouse Steps and so many more options. This versatility made it a favorite among quilters who could achieve various visual effects with the same basic block.
  5. Pioneer Tradition: For many pioneers moving westward in America, quilts were an essential part of household goods. Log Cabin quilts, in particular, were practical because they could be made from small scraps of fabric, making them an efficient way to use up remnants.
  6. Cultural Significance: The design of the Log Cabin quilt block also has roots in various cultures. Similar patterns have been found in ancient Egyptian textiles, and the concept of a central motif surrounded by incremental design elements appears in many folk art traditions around the world.What is your favorite version of  a log cabin quilt?