Log Cabin, Court House Steps
Log Cabin, Court House Steps
Log Cabin, Court House Steps
Log Cabin, Court House Steps
Log Cabin, Court House Steps
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Log Cabin

Unidentified Quilt Maker
Circa 1900
74 x 74 inches
Found in Alabama

Sometimes a quilt maker gets right to the essence of their chosen design.  Using only two colors, solid red and solid white, this quilt maker created a boldly powerful textile, which some have seen as reminiscent of Navajo designs. 

Because of the scale of these four Courthouse Steps blocks, it can be difficult to see this as a Log Cabin variation.  It is quite unusual to see a four-block log cabin quilt.  I have posted the image two ways ~ interesting to see the difference.

The chattering edges of the red ‘steps” seem to vibrate back and forth with the white space, with the seams of the "logs" lending a subtle texture, experienced rather subconsciously.

The hand quilting, skillfully executed with small, even stitches, is in Fans or Clamshells. It, too, serves to deemphasize the piecing and instead contributes to the monumental scale of the red shapes.