Artwork Information

  • Title:

    Quilt in the Log Cabin pattern

  • Artist:

    Lyman, Mary Ann

  • Artist Bio:

    American, 1813–1907

  • Date:

    about 1865–80

  • Medium:

    Pieced, quilted cotton with calico backing

  • Dimensions:

    79 x 77 1/2 inches

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation

  • Object Number:


  • Display:

    Not Currently on Display

About the Artwork

Quilts in the “Log Cabin” pattern were constructed of blocks composed of a central square surrounded by rectangles. Intended to reference the structure of humble wood homes, the center square, usually a gold or red color, represented the hearth of the home or a candle in the window. The surrounding rectangles indicted the logs of the walls. Mary Ann Lyman’s arrival in Goddard, Kansas, in 1872 coincided with a period in the early 1870s when the Kansas State Fair offered prizes for the best “Log Cabin” pattern quilt.