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Thread: Question about Log Cabin center square

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    I've been told the center square should be either red or black. What do these colors represent! TY Denise

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    the chimney, or hearth...

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    I used yellow, cause blue and yellow were my color choices.

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    Centre represents the fireplace etc, dark side of block is furniture and shadows and light side is window and daylight coming through, just like a little square log cabin :lol:

    Love your little kitty avatar :-)

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    I was told that the red signafied the "home fires" that are the center to the home.
    The black I read was put on the quilts by the people that provided safe homes on the Underground Railroad. They would leave the quilt out hanging on the wash line, and the slaves would know when they saw black squares, instead of the red ones, that they could approach the house-

    but don't quote me on this! ;)

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    i used yellow, someone once told me red or yellow, for brick fireplace and fires, but i'm not sure, if it doessn't match use what does, remember, there's no quilt police
    happy quilting

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    If you go to www.womenfolk.com then look at Patterns Through Time, in the history of quilts you can find a little interesting information of log cabin quilts along with a lot more others. Very interesting stuff if you enjoy the history of quilts.
    Pam

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    I was told red is for the heart of the home.

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    Red or yellow - signify the hearth or fireplace, which was definitely the center of the home in the days the log cabin block was introduced. In the 1860's I believe.

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    My research showed that red or yellow was generally used, representing the "home fires" ...

    If making the quilt for a family, and/or representing family, sometimes black was used to indicate that someone had died, or that "branch" of the family tree was "lost"...

    Black was also used for URR quilts, however, there is a lot of "myth" stories out there regarding URR quilts. Sometimes it's difficult to weed out what is true and what isn't when you are discussing those quilts ...

    HTH

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