turn of the century log cabin quilt- Chisholm Trail Museum collection
One of our goals during the months of our quilt show is to encourage visitors and friends and supporters to create a log cabin square for the log cabin, the patches will be modeled after this turn of the century log cabin quilt. We ask that those wishing to donate a square to the quilt project use only period appropriate, 100% cotton fabrics. The very center piece should be red (traditionally said to represent the heart of the home), and we are trying to keep with blues, tans in the overall theme, but as you can see from the original there are some pinks, and greys and blacks that pop up as well. One side should be lighter color fabrics and the other side slightly darker. Some ideas for fabrics are woven prints and stripes, cotton ginghams, reproduction fabrics (ask your local quilt store for 19th century reproductions)
Here are some of the lovely fat quarters I purchased at Prairie Quilt for a square or two!
Start off with a 2 inch square of red cotton
Then you will need to cut some 1.5" wide strips of various colors of scraps. The longest piece you will need will be 14" long.
Using a quarter inch seam, you will sew a light colored strip to one side of the red square, and a dark colored strip to the other.
Square up the edges and trim even. Press seams outward
Add the second light and dark strips of the same fabrics, on opposite sides of the red. You should now have a light and dark forming an L shape on each side of the red center block.
Press seams outward and check that you are not pressing it off square.
You may want to check your square on a regular basis to make sure it is staying square. Sometimes it can get pressed out of shape,and sometimes just a bit of trimming can help square it up. The original quilt actually had strips of any width from 3/4 of an inch up to about 1 3/8 of an inch wide. As long as our finished square ends up between 13 1/2 inches and 14 inches, it will be useable!
This is my finished block! When you are finished with your block bring it by the museum, with a note pinned to it with your name and address - or you can mail it to: Chisholm Trail Museum 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher OK, 73750 Phone: 405-375-5176
605 Zellers Avenue Chisholm Trail Museum- Kingfisher, OK Phone 405-375-5176 Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 5 pm *closed on major holidays