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Lone Starred Log Cabin Quilt Drawing - this fall
As part of commemorating the Civil War, Crossroads is offering the public opportunity to give a $5 donation for a ticket to be placed in a drawing for a beautiful log cabin quilt. Donations from this drawing will be used to support the daily operations of the Center. Quilts were often raffled or auctioned during the Civil War to raise money for troops, especially by the abolitionists opposed to slavery.
Folklore has it that log cabin quilts on the clothesline signaled a safe house on the underground railroad that took slaves north to freedom. While this theory is disputed among quilters and historians alike, these stories remind us of the plight of slaves and the men who opposed taking up arms during the war and the women who risked their own safety to help these persons gain freedom.
The log cabin design has many variations but traditionally has a center square with strips of light and dark patterned material sewn in sequence around the center. The Crossroads quilt has a magnificent star in the center with surrounding strips of brilliant red and navy materials interspersed with off-white. The 68x90 inch quilt was made by Ivy Trissel, since deceased, who was an excellent quilter and who donated many of her hand-stitched quilts to charity. This one was sold at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community auction in Harrisonburg on March 18, 2005, but was never used and now has been donated to Crossroads for its Civil War commemoration. Stop by the Welcome Center to purchase your ticket or click on the button below to purchase tickets online. Depending upon the response, the drawing will be held on Harvest Day, September 29, or during our Old Fashioned Christmas in December. Buy a ticket to raise money for Crossroads and maybe win a beautiful, handmade quilt!