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Log Cabin
Maker unknown
Provenance unknown
c1890
Silk, cotton foundation
45” x 60”
MSUM 6806.1, Gift of Mrs. Peggy Higbee
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Many of the silk "Log Cabins" in this period were made of strips of a quarter-inch to a half-inch wide. Some quilt historians speculate that the strips may have been remnants gleaned from glove making factories. Gloves were lined with silk and these strips would have been left after cutting out the fingers. These "Log Cabin" blocks were pieced on cotton foundations, sometimes on salt sacks. The donor's father purchased this quilt in 1948 from DuMouchelle Galleries, a fine arts gallery in Birmingham, Michigan, indicating that some considered quilts to be art previous to the 1970s.

From American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum


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