So what are you sewing today? I have been working on a new block that I received when I went to the guild meeting this month. The name of the block is called “log cabin” which is part of the Civil War quilt blocks by Barbara Brackman. Make sure to check out Barabra Brackman’s blog that shows a weekly Civil War block with a pattern and history.
The Log Cabin pattern can also remind us of the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. There’s a story—probably not true but like many of our myths important to our American identity—that President Abraham Lincoln greeted its author Harriet Beecher Stowe with the words, “So you’re the little lady who made this great war.”
Stowe first published the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a serial in the newspaper the National Era in 1851. Originally called Life Among the Lowly, the story ran throughout the year, mesmerizing readers with a glimpse of life in slavery, something many had never considered. Among the readers were Sophia Soule, her husband Amasa and her four children.
Sophia’s daughter Annie recalled the serial novel years later:
“As the drama of Uncle Tom’s Cabin unrolled in its pages the family.
Here is a picture of my finished block!