Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Sheep


Lily with Sheep Block

I definitely have the best blog readers ever!  Not only do you all leave supportive comments for Lily, but when I mentioned having a hard time coming up with a simple to sew sheep, Sharon sent me an email and a picture of her 1980s quilt with a simple sheep block!

Sharon's Sheep Block


Sharon didn’t have the designer’s name for the original block. I drafted it to suit our purposes, as a 14″ finished block.




Here is a comparable pattern that will work with our sew along.  Simply cut your fabric to the sizes shown in this layout.

Sheep Block

The resulting block is so cute.  We are going to add button eyes like this after we quilt.

When I posted the picture on Instagram, Synnove recognized it as a Debbie Mumm pattern from “Quick Country Quilting” from 1992.  The pattern is called “Flock of Sheep” and the blocks are 8″.  Sharon remembers sewing her quilt in the 1980s so maybe they are similar patterns or the book had a couple of editions?  Anyway, I hope my modifications make it ok to use the block for this purpose.

The reason we wanted to include a sheep block for the Farmer Boy book is because there is a chapter where Almanzo betters his father and brother who keep telling him that they are going to beat him no matter how fast he works.  They are shearing the sheep and he is carrying the wool to the second floor in the barn.  He catches on and realizes why they will beat him so he sneaks a sheep up to the second floor before it is sheared.  At the end, he beats them.  All the wool is upstairs and they have one more sheep to shear.  Lily thought it was very funny.

I hope you have fun making block 8 in our sew along!  Now, back to reading On the Banks of Plum Creek.



  1. Sweet block and an even sweeter face on Lily!

  2. Barbara says:

    Lily and Amy, this is so great!! The Pearl Bracelets for the sheep is another perfect fabric choice… this is going to be an awesome, treasured quilt.

  3. When I first read the books I was eager to get through Farmer Boy and back to the Ingalls family, too. When I reread as an adult, I found myself very fascinated by the Wilders as the book was so descriptive of farm life and work. What an adorable little sheep block!

  4. Adorable sheep. Clearly Lily is working hard at being a great reader and a great quilter! Looks like you are well on your way to a good size quilt! : )

  5. That is the perfect sheep block and I love the fabrics you used! Lily is going to have a wonderful fun quilt in the end!

  6. Just plain adorable! I’m going to use this block to make potholders for my knitting/crocheting friends. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Synnove is probably right about Debbie Mumm! I remember having a lot of her work. I wonder if it was a single pattern or in a magazine before that book? We moved to a new house in 6/90 and the quilt was in our old house before that move. Lily’s version looks perfect!

  8. Such a cute sheep! Great fabric choices and very nicely sewn, Lily!

  9. Karen Thurn says:

    A great project to do together. You’re creating memories that your daughter will cherish as she gets older!! After finishing the quilt and reading the series, plan a trip to De Smet, South Dakota to the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead. They do a play there too a couple weekends during the summer.

  10. Oh how funny. That sheep quilt is the first one I ever made. LOL. I’m surprised I don’t still have it. Your sew along is darling.

  11. I love this!!

  12. Melanie C says:

    I can’t wait to do this with my daughter! (I have a few years as she is only 4 months 🙂 )

  13. The sheep block is so darling! love the fabric she chose!

  14. Lily, this block is just so cute. You are doing a really good job with all your blocks. I can’t wait to see them all when you are done. Emily and I will have to come and visit again!! I will make you some cookies!!

  15. What an adorable sheep! The button eyes complete the cuteness. Unfortunately, we are not following along with sewing the blocks since my kids are both still too young but I may have to make a sheep block just because it is so adorable. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next!

  16. You are a master in matching prints and colors to create something wonderful! This sheep is so perfect!

  17. This is such a lovely block! Oh the buttons would be super cute!
    What a fun way to spend the summer!

  18. You modern remake is totally adorable. This has been a very fun series to witness.

  19. Perfect sheep, glad you’re both still having fun with this!

  20. Adorable sheep, Lily!

  21. Yes it is a Debbie Mumm pattern I have the book. I made the quilt for my granddaughter who was in FFA at the time and was raising sheep. The pattern was easy but I adapted it a bit and put in a few pictures of her and the sheep for some of the blocks, she loves it. I am a novice quilter so the main lesson I learned is accuracy in cutting and seams was a must with these blocks, once I figured that out I had fun putting them together

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