Log Cabin with Nine Patch Centers

Unknown Artist1885

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose, United States

This Log Cabin quilt is a variation of the popular vintage design. The story goes that the red center represents a fire in the chimney. This artist designed the center with a simple 9-patch block of red and white, and built strips of light and dark fabric around it. Each of the completed blocks are the same, but have been arranged to show lightning-like slashes in a bold design.

The identity of the maker is not known, but perhaps she is a woman. Her art represents her personality, which shows care and pride of workmanship. She is precise with her placement of color in the reds for the “dark” pieces. The design arrangement is unusual and bold—perhaps she is, too.

Techniques: Hand pieced, hand quilted
Credit Line: Gift of Lea Russo and Bruce Berman


  • Title: Log Cabin with Nine Patch Centers
  • Creator: Unknown Artist
  • Date Created: 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: 82 x 71 inches
  • Subject Keywords: Quilt, Log Cabin Quilt
  • Type: Quilt
  • Medium: Cotton

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