The Log Cabin Quilt is one of the most popular and easily recognized of all quilt patterns. Simple to construct, the Log Cabin is considered the quintessential American design, representing the log cabins of long ago.
The center square is the “hearth” (often done in red), which was the focal point of LIFE IN a cabin. The fabric strips are the “logs”, light values on one side and dark values on the opposite to depict the sunny and shady sides of the cabin as the sun moved across the sky. Each fabric strip is added to the pattern in much the same way logs were stacked to build a cabin.
Log Cabin quilts first made a wide-spread appearance in the United States in the 1860s and became wildly popular during the Civil War as a design that epitomized the pioneer spirit and values of America.