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Log Cabin Day
Log Cabin Day
There is a holiday for everything, so when we saw a LOG CABIN day, we had to jump in to celebrate. While the holiday is about Log Cabin structures, what else goes better with cabins than log cabin quilts. We have invited Barbara Brackman, noted historian and quilter, to share a few stories about the oldest log cabin quilt, a log cabin fundraiser, and more. Visit Moda's Instagram for a "reel log cabin."
A Little Log Cabin History
Log Cabin quilts are often associated with Civil War memories, particularly wartime President Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. References to the pattern date back to the early 1860s during the war when quilts in the log design were used as Union fundraisers for hospitals and soldiers’ charities.
Log Cabin quilt with embroidered genealogical information
1877, Kansas Museum of History
Son Lycurgus Wright was not so fortunate. He joined an Illinois cavalry regiment and was killed two months before the war’s end. “Oh this war.”
Methodist-Episcopal Church and Caroline Malvina Smith Godbey (1837-1911).
Collection of the Missouri History Museum
"Feed the Hungry," a plea associated with the poverty in war-ravaged Missouri. It’s thought the quilt was used to raise money for charity.
Both Log Cabin tales are described in more detail on my CivilWarQuilts blog. Both reveal the melancholy in the almost secret lives of nineteenth-century women, one reason I think it essential to go into the backstory on their quilts.
Nancy Wright’s story:
Caroline Godbey’s story:
Her most recent book is the third edition of her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
When some of the Moda designers heard that we were building a log cabin holiday, they decided to jump in, so be sure and check out what they have built on Moda's Instagram.
Here is a sneak peek of what you will find!
Shown above- row 1
And as with everything, we never celebrate for just one day. Be on the lookout for more Log Cabin features throughout the week.