Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Barn Block


Barn Block

Lily is finishing up reading the third book in the Little House series, Farmer Boy.  It’s about Almanzo’s childhood.  Almanzo becomes Laura’s husband years later.  Lily would prefer to hop to the next book and read more about Mary, Laura, Ma, Pa and baby Carrie.  But she does enjoy the stories about animals of which are plenty in this book.  Almanzo lives on a big farm and there are three large barns.  So, we started with a barn!

The block is my adaptation of Iowa Barns found in 5,500 Quilt Block Designs.  Lily chose her own fabrics again and did all the sewing. I did the cutting from templates.

You can download the templates here. Again, you will need to lay the template pieces out so that they make sense when looking at the diagram provided.  Sometimes this will mean that the letters will be upside down or on their sides.  Cut with the templates right side up on the fabric, also right side up.

Lily with Barn Block


I hope you enjoy sewing your own barn!  Lily has an idea for the next block that is going to really put me to work designing.  It’s not likely that it will be ready for at least a week because I have some quilting I have to get done.  So, it’s a good time to catch up on your blocks and reading!



  1. Jeannie says:

    I keep thinking the one before was my favorite but this is my favorite.ha.hah.ah.a.a. Really good job!!

  2. Great job! I love that background fabric.

    • Me too-It’s particularly good because Almanzo liked looking for red winterberries and eating them so we decided that they can represent winterberries!

  3. Fabulous fabric selection! And the darker grey wood for the inside of the barn in the shadow is perfect!
    She is cuter then ever! XXOO Cat

  4. I absolutely love Lily’s fabric choices! Just beautiful! 🙂

  5. Nancy P says:

    Another great block!! Lily is doing a great job….as you are too. But do I see that Lily is wearing shorts?? We are reading at the lake and my friend Donna and I have been to one quilt show. It is very convenient being up here!! Enjoy!!

  6. Lily!!! You are a rock star!!! I love the barn and silo. I hope my girl is as good as a sewist as you when she gets older. Awesome work!!!

  7. Lily is doing such a good job with her fabric selections and her sewing. I am enjoying watching her blocks and can’t wait to see them all together. Good job Lily!

  8. She (and you) is doing a fantastic job! I love the blocks. Thanks for sharing them.

  9. She’s doing a great job (but what do you mean you have other things to do? 😉 )

  10. Wow! Lovely block! Lily has a great sense of color. I am loving all the fabrics she choose.
    the blue cherry background fabric is so great!

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