Log Cabin with the date 1874
Wool, silk & mixed fabrics
Here's a wartime reference to some Pennsylvania women in the
Log Cabin Aid Society making "1 log cabin quilt" for Union soldiers.
I'd have guessed a Log Cabin quilt from a North Carolina woman would be unusual as the pattern seems to have originated with symbolism linked to Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union. You might wonder if Fanny or her sisters were Union sympathizers but this is very unlikely. Fanny's first husband, her cousin Thomas Slade (about 1820-1864), was a Captain in the Confederacy who'd been killed in Virginia in June, 1864. Holt brothers were Confederate soldiers. The Holts were well-to-do North Carolinians, children of textile entrepreneur Edwin Holt.
Here is one entered (and awarded a $5 prize) at the South
Carolina State Fair in 1869!
Alice Johnston from Spartanburg was on the cutting edge.
Mrs. G. W. Scott entered a silk log cabin in a Tennessee fair
in 1868. (The Job's Patchwork quilt was probably a hexagon---
Shelby butter? and Shelby biscuit as needlework? I have no idea.)
Mrs. E O'Leary of Madison County, won
an Honorable Mention with a silk Log Cabin at
a Mississippi fair in 1870.
Mrs. J. Hilton of Richland, South Carolina
entered a Log Cabin with 6,336 pieces
in the 1872 state fair.
Confederate war orphans in Clarksville, Tennessee
were piecing log cabin quilts in 1869.
Fanny's quilt might actually say 1888, a date that fits a little better with the glimpse of the cotton prints in the block. She married Dr. John Williamson in 1865 so that "W" at the end of her name doesn't help us on the date.
See some other Holt family quilts by scrolling down here: