March 21

LOG CABIN, 3″ Dark

Log Cabin: the quintessential American block. This block is often said to represent the log cabins hewn by frontiersmen as settlers sprawled across the west of the American continent. The centre square is often red, to represent the hearth; though it is sometimes coloured yellow to represent candlelight. The logs (strips around the centre square) are alternately light and dark to represent the sides of the cabin in shade and in sunlight.

So many of you may be surprised to learn that this pattern appeared in Scotland as early as the mid-1700s (Hall). More significantly, the pattern occurs regularly in the wrappings of ancient Egyptian mummies. Look at these artefacts from the British Museum, circa 50BC:

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21 Log Cabin
Today’s Block

March 21 key
Fabric Key for Cutting

March 21 cut


March 21 sew


Download March 21 instructions (as .pdf).

References:
Hall, J., n. d., ‘Log Cabin Quilts ~ Inspirations From the Past’ in Quilt Patterns Through Time
http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/logcabin.htm viewed 12 March 2016

Image Credit:
The British Museum, Item Number EA6752
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.
and
The British Museum, Item Number EA55409
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Fabric Image Credit:
Garden Delights Gray Sky Studio for In The Beginning Fabrics.

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