March 14, 2016

Cozy Log Cabin and Woven Gingham

This cozy log cabin / straight furrow quilt dates to around the 1920s or early 1930s.

That first photo isn't cropped badly.  This quilt actually has just one border.  And that one border was a pretty bold color choice, given the main colors used in the blocks.  The red border fabric was the only one that had started to give out, along with the gingham binding which was the back fabric brought around front.  I used a red reproduction print replacement, and also re-bound the edge with a vintage woven gingham.

This blue fabric is especially intriguing and entertaining. 

There are little squares of gingham woven right into the blue ground!  In the close-up, you can see how the threads of blue go right into the gingham bits.

I wonder how the white threads were finished on the reverse, or if maybe they were cut to little fringes.  There's a fabric with little embroideries that ended in fringes in the Grandmother's Cross quilt I made with fabric scraps from my childhood.  Happily for the quilt, it's in such good shape that I couldn't take a look inside and find out.

And here are some shots of some of the other fabrics in the quilt - lots of stripes, pastels, plaids, and the solids that speak clearly about an early 20th century date.


  1. It's beautiful. Do you think she chose red for the border because of the red center blocks? Of course, there's always the possibility that that's what she had enough of on hand.

    I noticed in the third photo that some of the fabrics look like twills. (Which speaks to me, again, of a make-do situation.)

    There are so many times when I see old quilts and wish I'd made them. This is one of those times.

    Thanks for sharing.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

    1. Well, I think that red border could easily be a combination of what she had plus figuring it would look OK because of the little red centers. Right? :-)

      And yes, it's clearly a make-do fabric selection. Also, a few of the stripes were that kind of men's shirting that has a tiny bit of texture.

      Yeah, it's a cozy, sweet quilt for sure.

      I just popped over to your Pinterest pages - your quilts are marvelous! Great combo of color and technique!