Strips & Strings Log Cabin Quilt is indeed beautiful work and wonderful in the colors that were applied to make this quilt. Different that must be done with patience to then get a result of almost perfect free pattern, after all nothing in this world is perfect except God’s creation.
Log Cabin Quilt Strips & Cords
This free pattern can also be used in bedroom decoration, to make the environment cheerful and creative, as well as very delicate and elegant.
A log cabin quilt block features a central focal point, usually a square, which is then surrounded by fabric strips. Often, lights and darks are opposite one another to create high contrast and visual interest.
There are quite a few variations, such as the pineapple where the strips are placed at an angle with triangles at the corners. Here’s an example of both: Log Cabin Quilt Pattern, Pineapple Quilt Pattern.
The Foundation of the Log Cabin Quilt
The creation of this iconic design is relatively unknown. There are many theories of how it gained popularity thanks to the observation of similar patterns on mummies found in ancient Egyptian tombs as well as the patterns created in farmed fields on the British Isles in the Middle Ages. Of course, the secret to the design’s beginnings might never be known.
We do know the log cabin made its US debut around the 1860s during Civil War times. Known as the “log cabin president, many believe that the name itself and its popularity is rooted in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Some myths even say that during the Civil War, log cabin quilts with a black center would be hung from clotheslines of safe houses on the Underground Railroad.
Other legends attribute a red or yellow center square to hearth of a home with lighter fabrics on one side to represent the sunny side of the house while the darker represent the shady side. Fact, fiction or something in between, log cabin quilts are considered a symbol of the values and spirit of America.
Log Cabins Today
Between sewing machines, access to fabric and tools like the AccuQuilt GO!, it’s easier than ever to piece and quilt a log cabin pattern. Today, quilters can turn to scrappier look as a way to clear out a growing fabric stash or get even more creative with the placement of darks and lights. For example, compare the scrappy pineapple quilt below to the interlinked Celtic log cabin below it.
Now that you know a brief origin and history of the Long Cabin pattern and block (although I’m sure you already did) you can download the pattern for free at the link below.