The Wellington County Museum in Fergus has a small but wonderful display of old log cabin quilts. The rest of the Museum has some very interesting displays as well. Here is the description from their web page:
"Building Warmth: Log Cabin Quilts
Sep 10, 2011 - Mar 25, 2012
Enjoy the beauty, and appreciate the skill and mastery of quilting in Wellington County. Building Warmth: A Log Cabin Quilt Exhibit opens at Wellington County Museum and Archives on September 10, 2011.
“It could be said that quilts created in “log cabin” patterns were built as much as they were sewn.” stated Susan Dunlop, Curator. “The log cabin pattern was inspired by the first settler homes. The log walls provided the shelter from the elements and the kitchen hearth gave light and warmth.”
Based upon this image of warmth and protection, women created the log cabin quilt pattern from thousands of scraps. Colourful strips were sewn together as the “walls” of the cabin. In the centre was placed a red square – the hearth, considered the heart of the home.
Today we treasure these quilts as exquisitely balanced designs rich in colour, texture and history. Many examples will be on display until March 25, 2012."
Directions to the Museum are available here.