Little Lady

Little Lady Paper Pieced Block by Amy Friend

The Cocorico Bee has just started our second round!  We make paper pieced blocks for eachother based on a theme chosen by the “queen bee.”  This month, Erin chose sewing machines as her theme with an emphasis on vintage machines. She shared a picture of a Little Lady sewing machine and it stole my heart! It’s a 1950 child’s sewing machine and it is so adorable.

little lady image

This is an image of the machine shared with permission from Thoughtful Vintage on Etsy. When I first looked at the images of this machine, I thought it was a cherry red color but after looking a bit more, I see that it was described as pink and some of the machines were lighter in other photos and did appear more pink. Call my cherry red version, artistic license.

Little Lady Pattern by Amy Friend

I had so much fun designing and sewing this block for Erin. I finished it up as a pdf pattern and you can find it in my Craftsy and Etsy shops. It does have a fair number of pieces but it is very doable–just expect it to take a few hours to put together.



  1. I don’t remember the “Little Lady” from the 50’s but isn’t it adorable! I love the name. You’ve done a wonderful job of interpreting it as a paper pieced block.

  2. Such a lovely attern!

  3. It’s a wonderful, beautiful block!!!!

  4. Amy, I love this block so much! The red is perfect. I appreciate all of the time it takes to make these blocks. I will treasure it! xErin

  5. So cute, both the original and the block!

  6. Laura C says:

    I am happy to see that you guys are doing another round of this bee! The designs you all create for each other make this a really fun bee to watch from the sidelines 🙂 this is a really cute block, Amy!

  7. Adorable little lady block! You have such a knack for paper piecing!

  8. just too cute!

  9. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    What an awesome bee to be in! Pick your theme and everyone makes a paper pieced block for your theme? What is your theme going to be? I wouldn’t know what to choose, I’d be like a kid in a candy shop! Hey, that would be a cool theme, an old fashioned candy store, maybe just the glass case? I’ll be up all night now, LOL.

  10. What a sweet interpretation of the Little Lady machine!

  11. This is absolutely adorable! My favorite machine to quilt on is a vintage treadle sewing machine, so this block really speaks to me! I also love the fabric you choose for the thread spool. Very, very cute!

  12. This pattern is amazingly adorable!

  13. This is amazingly detailed and adorable! This will be perfect for a little mother’s day present I’m planning for my gramma. 😀 Thanks for sharing with us all.

  14. Jeannie says:

    That is so adorable!! I love it being all red, super cute and makes you want a real one like it!

  15. Love it!!

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