February is the birth month of two presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I'm sure you knew that since we celebrate Presidents Day in February. Though Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, he spent much of his life in Illinois. In fact one of my favorite childhood experiences was going to New Salem to see the log cabin village where he spent time reading by candlelight -- at least that's what the guides used to say to the school groups who took field trips there.
I also enjoyed seeing his home in Springfield, IL, but that was from his later life and was a much ore formal home. I think I preferred the log cabins. There are also stories about his first law practice in Lincoln, IL. It's been a long time since I've seen it, but in my memory his first law office was also in a log cabin. If that isn't right, please don't tell me. I like my memory of a log cabin with a historical marker saying it was Lincoln's first law office. Memories from childhood are tricky -- sometimes a lot of it is imagination and I had a GREAT imagination as a child. Hopefully, I still do, it's more fun that reality sometimes.
I've made several log cabin quilts. This month, I plan to show some of them to you. Two of them are still in the quilt top stage, but that's okay. They WILL be quilts eventually.
For Christmas 2006 I made a blue and yellow log cabin quilt for Gary's mother who passed away this past December. That is why the quilt is back in my possession. I made the quilt as a lap quilt as her legs and feet were always cold. She told me she slept under it. It's a small quilt (49" x 49"), but she was a tiny woman having shrunk from her original five foot four inches to probably less than five feet. Still, I wish I'd made the quilt bigger so it would have covered her better, but then, it was made to be a lap quilt not a bed quilt.
It's bright and cheery. I like it a lot. I'm very glad that she enjoyed it. Here is a picture of the quilt I now call Lincoln Logs since she lived in Lincoln, IL while growing up and she had moved back to Lincoln a few years after Gary's Dad passed away and she spent that last years of her life in Lincoln.
Here is a closeup of the feather quilting that wanders through the yellow part of the blocks. Have I mentioned that quilting feathers on the machine is one of my favorites? No? Well, I do and this probably won't be the last time you hear me say that.
I have a lot of logs already cut for another log cabin quilt. They were left overs from a scrap log cabin that, unfortunately, the pictures I took are among the lost photos. It was given to a missionary who stayed a couple of nights with us. She mentioned that she used to have a log cabin quilt that she loved, but that she had loaned it to another missionary family who apparently thought she had given it to them as they took it with them when they went to another mission field. She didn't have the "heart" to ask for it back. The story tugged at my heartstrings so my next quilt was a scrap log cabin to replace the one she "lost".
Tell me about your log cabin quilts or share stories about log cabin quilts you've seen and loved. I'd love to hear about them. It's a great way to use up small pieces of left over fabric. All the log cabin quilts I've made except the very first one were made from 1-1/2" strips. I have two drawers full of 1-1/2" strips pus a couple of other containers with either strips or logs already cut waiting to be sewn into the next log cabin.
Itchin' to Stitch,