In honour of the Stitch in Time exhibition that open this Sunday, 1 August and runs until the Queens County Fair, we are launching a new feature on the blog called Quilt of the Day.
Our first feature is the oldest piece in the exhibition – a late 19th century Log Cabin quilt made by Elizabeth Jane Camp. She was born 25 June 1853, the daughter of Charles Marcus Wellington Camp, Waterborough. She married John William Foshay of Foshay Lake, Queens County. Elizabeth died 27 December 1943 at the age of 90 and half!
Log Cabin quilts are one of the more famous quilt patterns found throughout North America. The small strips that make up a block are the “logs” of the cabin, with the red center representing the hearth or warmth of the home. When open on a bed or when exhibited fully, overall designs also appear as in the barn raising motif seen in this quilt. The floral ruffle on this quilt was added much later – probably in the 1930s as a decorative accent.