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Log Cabin Maze

1992 Ellen Oppenheimer Born: White Plains, New York 1952 screen printed, hand-dyed, cut, machine-sewn, and hand-quilted cotton and cotton polyester with procion dyes 73 x 72 in. (185.4 x 182.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance © 1992, Ellen Oppenheimer 1995.66 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“I started with squares and I made up my own geometry.” Ellen Oppenheimer, Northern California Home and Garden, 1992

Luce Center Label

A “Log Cabin” is a traditional quilt pattern in which narrow strips of fabric form a spiral around a center square. Ellen Oppenheimer has used this design to create a diagonal grid of large, multicolored squares. This basic composition is difficult to see, however, because the stripes in each small piece of fabric join together, creating a labyrinth that spreads over the entire surface of the quilt.


Abstract - geometric

decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - cotton


About Ellen Oppenheimer

Born: White Plains, New York 1952

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