The Victorian Loghouse Patchwork pattern was also known as the Canadian Patchwork pattern. The primary difference between the Victorian and present day version is that the Victorians used ribbon instead of cloth as most quilters do today.
The following information is from The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework, 1887, by S.F.A. Caulfeild and Blanche C. Saward. It has been edited for use on this site.
This particular pattern in Patchwork is one that in Canada is known as Loghouse Quilting. It is a variety made of several coloured ribbons instead of pieces of silk or cretonne, and these ribbons are arranged to give the appearance of different kinds of wood formed into a succession of squares.
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To work as shown above: Cut out in lining a
square of 12 inches, and tack to it, in its centre, a small square of a
plain colour, 1½ inches in size. Procure ribbon three-quarters of an
inch wide, and of two shades of every colour used; take the two shades
of one colour, and tack the darkest shade right down one side of the
small square and overlapping three-quarters of an inch beyond at both
ends; sew to this, and to the square, a dark piece at the bottom and
a light piece at the top, and allow both to overlap beyond the square on
the left side for three-quarters of an inch; completely surround the
square by filling it in with the light colour for the side not already
Change the ribbons, and again surround the square with two shades of the same colour, putting the darkest underneath the dark part and the lightest against the light part, and arrange their manner of overlapping (always allowing three-quarters of an inch extra for the same) according to the design.
Seven rows of ribbon are needed to fill the 12-inch square; diversify these as to colour and design, but always make two shades of one colour form a square, and place the darkest of such shades underneath each other.
Prepare a large number of these 12-inch squares, and then sew them together as ordinary patches, but so that the light side of one square is next to the light side of another, and the dark against the dark, thus giving the look of alternate squares of light and dark colours.
Large pieces of work, like counterpanes, should be made with the 12-inch square and the three-quarter inch ribbon; but small pieces, such as cushion, with narrow ribbon and 5-inch squares.
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Colours used: Three shades of old gold, three shades of russet-brown, and one shade of sky-blue.
To Work: Make the centre square of pale blue silk, and work onit the design in Satin stitch, with two shade of blue filoselles. Suround this centre with 1-inch wide ribbon as shown, keeping the lighter yellow and the darker browns to the center.
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