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Learning from a log cabin quilt made in 1890

Margaret Cunnane
Irish Patchwork Society Western Branch

One of the aims of the Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) is to preserve and promote the practice of patchwork and quilting in Ireland. The art and craft of patchwork and quilting as we know it today was introduced to Ireland by members of the British upper class during the 18th century. It flourished in all of Ireland, rural and urban among rich and poor, reaching a peak in the early 1900s. There has been a resurgence in participation in patchwork and quilting since the founding of the Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) in 1981. In their video they will show different types of patchwork, and then focus on the log cabin block - one of the three most common means of constructing a quilt in Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. They will examine an example of a log cabin quilt from 1890, made by Annie Barrett from Carna while working in Boston. In the next section of the video, members of the Western Branch of the IPS will demonstrate how to sew a log cabin block from scraps. Finally, they will show some samples of contemporary use of the log cabin block by members of the Western Branch IPS.

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