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1880 - 1899 Copland Family's "Log Cabin" Bedcover

1880 - 1899 Copland Family's "Log Cabin" Bedcover

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This carefully thought-out example of the pieced “Log Cabin” or “Courthouse Steps” pattern was given as a gift of friendship from the Copland Family of Johnson Creek, Wis., to Clara Foy. She in turn gave it to her stepgrand daughter, the donor, in 1942 as a gift before she was married. The quilt was exhibited at a county fair where it won a blue ribbon and possibly was exhibited at the Wisconsin State Fair and other fairs.
The bedcover is composed of 7 ½-inch blocks made of many different late-19th-century roller-printed cottons. The blocks are framed by four rows of short printed cotton strips, with a 1 ¾-inch cotton border print on the inner edge and a different 1 ¾-inch cotton border print on the outer edge. The blocks and strips are constructed on muslin squares and rectangles. In each of the four corners of the border is a 7-inch block pieced in the “White House Steps” version of the “Log Cabin” pattern. Although the donor referred to it as a quilt, it has neither a lining nor a filling and is not quilted.
Clara Falcy, the recipient of this bedcover from the Copland Family, was born in Wisconsin in 1887. She married a Mr. Radditz and moved to Indiana. After his death, she married George L. Foy (about 1870-1933) in 1931 and they lived in Wisconsin.
The numerous fabrics in this version of the “Log Cabin” quilt make it an interesting contribution to the Collection.
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date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
overall: 82 in x 74 in; 209 cm x 187 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Harriet K. Smith
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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