Light and dark diamonds

Log cabin quilt top,
made about 1890, Yarmouth

Made with woolen fabrics, this quilt was never backed and finished. The block is rather small, approximately 18 cm (7"). Log cabin quilts are built up by sewing strips of fabric to a foundation cloth. To make a block, work begins with a centre square. Each log is sewn to cover the outer edge of the previous one. Light and dark fabrics produce effects of sunshine and shadow. Various patterns can be created by arranging the blocks. Many log cabin quilts were never quilted; some were tied.