This log cabin patchwork in the Sunshine and Shadow design was made in the small village of Llanarth, West Wales, in the 19th century. Table coverlets like this were popular in the Victorian era in the late nineteenth century. Scraps of cherished fabrics such as silks and velvets were perfect for using in log cabin and crazy patchwork pieces.
It is not known exactly who made the patchwork, but the donor believed it could have been one of the Davies family, who lived in Llanarth. David Davies (1826 – 1903) was the registrar of births and deaths in Llanarth, and lived there with his wife Grace (1828 – 1901).
The log cabin is constructed of various fabrics, including silks, satins, velvets, wool in a variety of colours. The patchwork is tied to the backing fabric. Around the edge is a cotton sateen frill in deep pink faded to rusty orange. This has been machine stitched to the log cabin patchwork, perhaps at a later date. The reverse fabric is a pink cotton sateen.
The coverlet is in good condition, especially considering its probable age. Some of the silks have degraded and repair work has been done to hold the silk in place with a running stitch.