Log Cabin Quilt – Pineapple Variation
Small silk quilt constructed with the variation of Log Cabin known as Pineapple (so-called because of its spiky appearance).Full description »
Small silk quilt constructed with the variation of Log Cabin known as Pineapple (so-called because of its spiky appearance). The edge has been trimmed with silk ‘tongues’. The piece has been backed with gold silk, pre-quilted by machine for commercial sale.
This variation of Log Cabin is called Pineapple or Maltese Cross. The strips are sewn around the central square in a different pattern from the traditional Log Cabin block, with each strip ending in a diagonal edge. By using the same black silk for all the dark sections of the block, the cross design is accentuated in this example.
This small quilt was probably made as a decorative piece. It has an amusing border – a random sequence of ‘tongue’ shapes cut from the many silks used in the central decoration. As is common with Log Cabin examples, this one is not quilted. The method of piecing these coverlets made them too thick to be quilted by hand, although they were sometimes tied. The backing is a commercially quilted silk of ‘antique gold’. Although ostensibly produced for lining outerwear, such as gentlemen’s cloaks and jackets, this luxuriant pre-quilted fabric was readily adopted for backing such quilts.
In this quilt, the middle of each block is made from black silk. Traditionally, Log Cabin blocks have red or yellow centres. These represent the hearth of the home (red) or a candle in the window (yellow). The log cabin block is then built up around this central square, with the lighter-coloured strips representing standing for the sunny side of the house and the darker strips, the shady side.
From 1870 to 1879