Log Cabin Quilts are made of arrangements of a repeated single block pattern. The Log Cabin block consists of light and dark fabric strips that represent the walls of a log cabin. A center patch often of red cloth, represents the hearth or fire. Quilt historians found that the Log Cabin quilt became popular in 1863, when the Union army was raising money for the Civil War by raffling quilts. President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin. The pattern may have been a symbol of loyalty to him as head of the Union. Log Cabin quilts have been popular ever since. The Log Cabin quilt has a large number of attractive and versatile variations that create different looks and may be referred to as Straight Set Log Cabin, Barn Raising Log Cabin, or Courthouse Steps.