Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Almanzo’s Pumpkin


Almanzo's Pumpkin Block


Lily has finished Farmer Boy!  She enjoyed it but not as much as the stories about Laura so she is happy to be reading On the Banks of Plum Creek now. I am excited because this book introduces Nellie Olsen and I know she will be amused by her antics.

Last time I mentioned that the next block was going to take a bit of design work.  Well, this isn’t it!  Lily would like to sew a sheep block after a funny story that she read about in Farmer Boy.  However, I am having a hard time designing a sheep block that is a simple sew.  I told her I would work on it in a bit but meanwhile, we are carrying on.  In Farmer Boy, Almanzo’s milk fed pumpkin takes first place at the fair.  Lily decided that it would be fun to have a pumpkin block, which is oh so much easier.  This is Block 7 in the sew along. I think we are going to make about 20 blocks for a 4 x 5 layout after reading all 9 of the novels.  We are starting the 4th book now.

Pumpkin Block


To create this 14″ finished pumpkin block, cut the following:

Out of background fabric:

A:  2″ x 14 1/2″

B:  Cut two 3″ x 6 1/2″

E:  Cut four 3 1/2″ squares

Out of stem fabric:

C:  2 1/2″ x 3″

Out of pumpkin fabric:

D:  10 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Sew the B pieces to either side of C.  Press.  Attach piece A and set aside.

Sewing Pumpkin Block

Place the four squares of background fabric at the four corners of the pumpkin and draw a diagonal line from point to point and stitch along the line as Lily is doing in this picture. Trim 1/4″ to the outside of the stitching line and press.  Now attach the top of the block to the bottom.

Pumpkin BlockAs usual, Lily chose all her own fabrics. I like the background print because Almanzo grows corn and it looks like corn to me.

Lily sewingOne more picture of my little seamstress!  I hope you are having fun sewing along. I read Lily all of your comments and she is enjoying all the support and encouragement (and praise!)





  1. That last photo is such a nice picture of Lily! Lily, you are doing a great job reading and sewing. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Love this idea! She will have a quilt to cherish, that is for sure!

  3. Love that happy sewing face! I have a sheep quilt from long ago if you get desperate for a picture. It is facing out with about a 2″ square head, 1″ ears and front legs, and strips the height of those in various widths to make a very fluffy sheep. It is one of the first quilts I ever made.

    It is fun seeing the new blocks. This pumpkin is one of my favorites!

  4. I am having the BEST time following along with you and Lily. Keep reading and sewing, Lily!

  5. Jeannie says:

    That is a pure pumpkin block for sure! Love that you are reading and sewing. Two activities that are the best!!

  6. So cute – love that last photo! Sophie and I haven’t been able to start sewing along yet but she has LOVED seeing all of Lily’s creations! 🙂

  7. alright, can we get any more sensational!!! Your little seamstress is right!!! sigh… XXOO Cat

  8. Lily, you are a great quilter and I would love to have your special talent for combining fabrics! Your blocks are so pretty. I LOVE what you and your Mom are doing with this quilt and how you are following the Little House on the Prairie stories! You are making a very special treasure! And Amy, your pictures of Lily are the sweetest!

  9. Dana Nichols says:

    I have enjoyed seeing Lily’s progress so much! I’m hoping my granddaughter, Lily, will be ready next summer to make these quilt blocks. We love reading the “Little House” books together!

  10. Lovely block! She is doing so great with all the blogs. Even had a peak at her latest block on instagram! Lovely job!

  11. She’s doing a grand job!

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