This log cabin quilt was one of my first quilts, in 1994. I tied it, as many old quilts were held together.
I called it: “A Light in the Window for the Underground Railroad”. There were stories that a quilt with a black center square, when hung on a wash line, served as signal on the underground railroard- that it indicated a safe house.
Traditionally a Log Cabin quilt with a yellow center represented a light in the window - so this quilt has both yellow or gold and black center squares.
It was used as a wall hanging and as a bed quilt for many years, and it was washed many times. - Unfortunately, most of the black fabric in the quilt was not of good quality and has been shredding.
I just finished doing some patching over the worst of it and I will not do any more - we should work on what satisfies! This quilt may still have some value as a wall hanging. I had thought to give it to a homeless shelter, but have stored it away in hopes another use will present itself.
The lesson to learn is to use good quality fabric in bed quilts.