1850 - 1875 Lilla V's "Log Cabin" Pieced Silk Quilt

A note pinned to the lining of this quilt states: “Log Cabin Quilt made by Lilla V’s mother. Lining from wedding dress, 1856.” Unfortunately there is no further information about Lilla V.
Eight-inch “Log Cabin” blocks are set in a “Light and Dark” pattern to create this visually striking quilt. Silks of all types (plain, checked, striped, printed, pattern-woven, damask, plaid, ribbed, ombre-striped, warp printed, brocaded) and plain and plaid satins were used. The brown striped silk from the 1856 wedding dress that was used for the lining, also appears in many of the blocks. The blocks are constructed on plain, printed, and pattern-woven cottons. It is finished with a plaid silk strip binding, seamed to the front, whipped to the lining. It is a fine example of both the popular “Log Cabin” design and of the silk pieced quilts often called parlor or sofa throws.
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date made
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
overall: 79 in x 62 in; 201 cm x 157 cm
place made
United States
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accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Corabel Bien
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