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1900 - 1925 Flossie B. Prices's "Log Cabin" Comforter

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Price, Flossie
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fabric, wool, cotton, cotton/wool, silk/cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, wool/cotton (overall material)
overall: 88 in x 70 in; 222 cm x 177 cm
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United States: Ohio, Marion
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According to her niece, Mrs. Vane Hoge, this “Log Cabin” or “Barn Raising” comforter was made by her aunt, Flossie B. Price. Flossie stitched it together from fabrics saved from the family’s clothing.
The eighty blocks, each 8½-inches square, have dark red centers and are hand-pieced, but machine-joined to one another. Flossie used plain-weave, twilled, pattern-weave, crepe, striped, and plaid wools. She also used plain-weave, plaid, pattern-weave, and printed cotton flannel. Checked wool/cottons and plain-color silk/cottons were also used to achieve the dramatic light and dark effect. A lining of printed wool and an interlining of wool and cotton fabric provided the comforter with additional warmth. Ties made of red, pink, and aquamarine wool yarn at the corners and center of each block accent the overall design.
Flossie B. Price lived from 1882 to 1960. Her home was in Marion, Ohio. Her early twentieth-century comforter is a dramatic variation of the “Log Cabin” pattern, utilizing a wide variety of fabrics.
Currently not on view
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Gift of Mrs. Vane M. Hoge
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center