zondag 4 oktober 2015

St.Marie aux Mines: Loving logcabins (6)

My logcabin
As you can see at my blog, there was so much to see in France this year. And you know, I love old tradtional quilts. Well one of the best places to go was the Theatre in St. Marie aux Mines. An exposition of antique and new logcabins.

Logcabins are very special to me.

The first antique quilttop I bought (with my personal shopper Marne from Seattle) was a logcabin quilttop from the '30s. It took me about a year to finish it. But what a great fun.

I think the logcabin is a very intriguin pattern representing the sorrows and happines of life. Traditionally half light, half dark, with the yellow or red center.

What I also like about antique quilts is comparing the patterns and fabrics with my own collection of antique quilts. Dating fabric is one of the hardest things when you have old quilts and when you don't know who made the quilt.


New logcabin

Log Cabin quilts first made a wide-spread appearance in the United States in the 1860s during the time of the Civil War. The block name may very well have had a connection to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The Log Cabin quilt became wildly popular and was identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America. (Source: http://www.quiltviews.com/log-cabin-quilts-a-short-history)