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Q9015 Amish Wool Challis Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow

Dated 1871
80 x 82 (203.2 x 208.3 cm)
Big Valley, Belleville, Pennsylvania

The Sunshine and Shadow pattern in this gorgeous Log Cabin is rendered exclusively in bright, solid wool challis. Stunning blues, pinks, red, and fuschia combine with lime green, purple and melon yellow to create an over-the-top Log Cabin quilt. Center chimneys are in soft peach wool challis and measure 1 ⅞ x 1 ⅞ square, with each containing a cross stitched set of initials - family and friends of the Hochstetler family, the creators of this quilt. The one exception is the date '1871' cross stitched onto one of the chimneys - see detail image.

Logs are 7/8 of an inch wide with the Log Cabin blocks 8 inches square. The logs are foundation pieced using a treadle sewing machine to a brown cotton print backing. See detail images. The applied 1/4 inch binding is a burgundy woven wool tape topstitched by hand to the edge of the quilt. Interestingly, the initials are cross stitched using the same color burgundy as the tape binding.

This traditional Log Cabin pattern feels anything but with its outstanding use and placement of solid, bright color and quality wool challis fabrics. The addition of the many initials cross stitched onto the quilt make it a personal and important tribute by/for the Hochstetler family of Belleville, PA from whom this treasure came.

In excellent, clean condition there are one or two very small moth bites that are hard to find and which we have left as is. This is a stunning graphic creation and, although we tried, the photos on our site do not do it justice. That lime green, blue and fuschia combination is almost impossible to capture accurately! Ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home. It’s a very big Wow.