are many examples of Log Cabin pattern quilts in the Illinois State
Cabin Quilts are made of arrangements of a repeated single block
Log Cabin block consists of light and dark fabric strips that represent
the walls of a log
cabin. A center patch,
often of red cloth, represents the hearth or fire.
historians found that the Log Cabin design became popular in 1863,
when the Union army was raising money for the Civil War by raffling
quilts. President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin. The pattern
may have been a symbol of loyalty to him as head of the Union.
Log Cabin pattern
has been popular ever since. One reason is because the foundation
piecing technique is easy to do.
log cabin block has a large number of attractive and versatile settings
that create different looks. This gallery contains quilts with several
variations of the Log Cabin pattern, like Straight Set, Barn Raising,
Courthouse Steps, and Light and Dark.
can also design your own setting. This activity requires a flash plugin on your computer, which may be downloaded for free on the Macromedia site.