Most quilters are familiar with the traditional log cabin block – it is the most recognized block and its origins are often associated with the American Pioneers. However similar designs have been found on ancient mummies and in English quilts predating 1830.
Strips of fabric were hand pieced around a central square, usually with one half dark strips and one half light.
A red centre symbolized the hearth of the home; yellow, a welcoming light in the window; and a black centre in a quilt hanging on a clothesline is believed to have meant a stop for the Underground Railroad.
How has this block become “Modern”?
see my next post: Modern Log Cabins – the process.