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    My Ancestors

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    Yesterday I was browsing through some of the photos on ancestry.com of some of my ancestors. I came across this photo of a family posing outside of their log cabin. I have no idea how I'm related to these people, but I thought it was really cool that they put a quilt up on the outside of the cabin to use as a backdrop for their photo! Does anyone know what pattern this is? I'd love to make one like it! :c)

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    Just beautiful and thanks for sharing
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    Don't know that pattern, but it's nice to see quilts from the old days. It could be a controled scrappy. Thanks for sharing.
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    Could it be Snowball?

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    Looks like a rail fence/log cabin. Log cabins were probably one of the most popular patterns back then.
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    Thanks for sharing.....
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    Don't know the name of the quilt, but its a beautiful photo. I do hope you find how you may be related to these wonderful folks. Don't you just love ancestery.com!!

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    That is so cool!

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    I think it is a variation of a Log Cabin. I think that the darker squares are actually the 4 smaller squares of a quarter log cabin block coming together? It could also be a version of Courthouse Steps? I think it is so cool that they used it for the backdrop for their picture. She must have been proud of it and she had good reason to be!

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    We also have old family pictures with quilts in the background. We have one with great-grandparents where they took all the nice things, quilt pretty table, lamp ect outside in the snow (no light inside) so it got the whole family and worldly possessions in one shot.

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    That would be a neat thread to start, Old Family Quilt Photos. I wish I had at least one old family quilt photo is my old family photos collection. I would love to see your picture Crqltr.
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    You found a treasure!!!!!

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    Awesome photo. It's always interesting how no one in old pics never ever smiled, always so serious.

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    KountryKreation, that's because the Hershey company hadn't started mass-producing chocolate yet! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsapquilter View Post
    Looks like a rail fence/log cabin. Log cabins were probably one of the most popular patterns back then.
    I agree that it looks like a log cabin to me as well.
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    This is a great photo, thanks for posting!

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    Nice photo. I think I heard somewhere that they would hang quilts in openings when they did not have a door. It looks like they are sitting on stairs. Wonder if that is their front door?

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    looks like a log cabin
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    Wonderful quilt! I love the picture. What a treasure.

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    it kind of looks like drunkard's path but with dark squares on the ends of the Arc larger piece. the stripes are the pie piece. I've seen old photos like this, with quilts showing. wonderful.

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    I just spent time in Paint drawing this out -- I'm captivated with antique quilts and textiles. It IS a log cabin variation (variant to what WE know, but maybe not to her), with a portion of the hearth block in each corner of the whole block. The blocks are turned quarter turns to produce the 'snowball' or 'lantern' effect. These "logs were often finished at 1/2" - 3/4" in those days!! Can you imagine piecing these by candle light?!

    I colored the graphic I drew in reds, greens and tans only because that's what we often see now in antique quilts, many of which have faded, of course.

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    That's awesome Jan! It looks easy enough, even though I'm still enough of a novice that I don't know that I could actually figure out lengths and widths without a full tutorial. You did great! Thank you! :c)

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    I agree it is a log cabin made into japanese lanterns.
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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful picture, hope you can find out how they are related to you. I thought it was a snowball block also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsapquilter View Post
    Looks like a rail fence/log cabin. Log cabins were probably one of the most popular patterns back then.
    Those would be my guesses, too... made with really thin, small pieces. I've seen quite a few old photos with quilts as a backdrop. I think it's a great idea, too!
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