Arts Everyday Living: Folk Art Expressions, American Quilts Part III—A Mother-Daughter Quilt

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This third installment on American quilts, spotlights the “Log Cabin” motif based on the humble homes of the pioneers who trekked across the United States.  Yet these quilts were anything but modest, evident in Barn Raising Variation below, created by a mother and daughter from New York state around the Civil War. Imagine the time and patience required to construct such a maze of dark and light blocks or log house squares of cotton, wool, and silk strips. (Note: how the odd number (11) of blocks in the horizontal rows affects our overall perception of the work.)


Log Cabin

Mary Jane Smith and Mary Morrell Smith, Log Cabin, Barn Raising Variation, 1861-65, cotton, wool, silk, American Folk Art Museum, New York City



For the moving story about its quilters, Mary Jane Smith and Mary Morrell Smith, click,

American Folk Art Museum


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