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Artist: Naomi Henderson Larkin (1857-1939; Mexico, New York)

Date: 1870
Medium: Cotton, wool
Overall: 78 × 76in. (198.1 × 193cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mary L. Penney, New Hartford, NY
Object number: 86.30.1
Label Text
Around the time of the Civil War, the log cabin became one of the most versatile and popular blocks in quilting. Created by stitching thin strips of fabric around a central square, the block can be built by the placing of light and dark fabrics in different configurations to form varied surface patterns. Naomi Henderson Larkin split each block diagonally between light and dark fabrics, then stitched four blocks together to create alternating stepped diamond patterns, and used strips of bold red fabric to punctuate the design.

Born in Ohio, Larkin moved New York State by 1880. In 1895 she married Horrace Larkin, and they reside in Mexico New York for the remainder of their lives.

Construction notes:
This pieced quilt top consists of 64 squares, which employ a wide variety of fabrics, most of them wool in plain weave, woven stripes, plaids, and printed polka dots. The construction consists of a quilt top, maybe some fill, and a printed lining. The edges are bound with black plain weave fabric. The construction is largely hand-stitched.