|Barn Raising Log Cabin Top, c. 1890|
I saw it from far away. How could you not see it? The Quilt was hanging in a booth, draped over something that was acting as a barrier between booths. If you haven't been to the Expo, it's one of the largest anywhere. Three huge buildings full of collectibles and junque, as I sometimes call it. My mother would take one look and say, "Well, there's a lot of it!"
I've always admired the Barn Raising Log Cabin, and wonder why I haven't collected more of them. Just like other quilts I enjoy, this one sings and dances. The curious thing about the pattern is how it is really the sum of all the blocks. If I had never seen this type of quilt and you handed me one block, I wouldn't have imagined it adding up this way visually. It is dazzling.
|The foundation looks like a patchwork utility quilt.|
A big surprise was being able to see the foundation on the back of the quilt top. It made me think I should be collecting more tops, so I can learn a thing or two about how quilts are made. I won't have this top finished because the back is wonderful! People can learn from it, and when displayed on a wall, as I feel it's meant to be, nobody will be bothered by the humble back revealing the quilt's inner workings. It's like a patchwork utility quilt hiding behind a fancy parlor display piece.
|Detail of back foundation with printed words on one square.|