Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Chalkboard



Little House on the Prairie; Chalkboard

Lily and I have been reading These Happy Golden Years for the past couple of weeks and are nearly through.  I have been reading most of this one aloud now that Lily is back to school. She claims that it is her favorite book so far, primarily because Almanzo and Laura are falling in love.  So, you can bet that our second block for this book will have something to do with their courtship.  In this book, Laura has her first two experiences as teacher.  The money she makes helps to send Mary to college and pay for an organ as well as material for a new dress.

We decided to make a chalkboard. I had been thinking it might be fun to write Laura’s name on the chalkboard but I thought it might be too much stitching for Lily so I suggested we write ABC.  She surprised me by saying that she thought we should write Laura’s name and then ABC and 123.  I was delighted that we had the same plan in mind and never let on that I had been thinking it too or she would likely have changed her mind!

This was Lily’s first time hand embroidering.  As it turns out, she absolutely loves hand stitching so I have started her on a hand stitched label for the back of the quilt.  She wants to do more hand stitching asap.

The chalkboard should be cut to 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″.  We cut it oversize and drew the letters out in chalk.  Then she stitched them using an embroidery hoop.  When she was finished, we cut it down to size.  Next, we added a strip of “wood” to either side measuring 9 1/2″ x 1″. Then we added “wood” to the top and bottom, 1″ x 12 1/2″.  Next we added the background fabric to the right and left measuring 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; then to the top and bottom measuring 2 1/2″x 14 1/2″.

Cutting Chart

Blackboard:  9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″

Wood frame:  cut 2 measuring 9 1/2″ x 1″, cut 2 measuring 1″ x 12 1/2″

Border: cut 2 measuring 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut 2 measuring 2 1/2″x 14 1/2″

We will be back later this month with block 18!  To find directions for all the other blocks, scroll way down on my right side bar until you come to the Search function.  Type in “Little House on the Prairie” and you will find them all.




  1. Just popped in to say how much I love these blocks you and Lily are making. Such creativity and now, I think she is a sewer for life. You two inspired me to read the entire series. I think I told you that once before and I am proud to say I have now read all the books and enjoyed every one. I’m kind of sad they are over. It’s like missing an old friend. So tell Lily I said than you for the inspiration and I look forward to seeing her completed quilt.

  2. I love this block! The fabric you used for the chalkboard is just perfect. (I am assuming it is a Grunge…) I am enjoying following this series.

  3. This is wonderful, Lily! Caitlyn will be so excited to see this one.

  4. These are all so adorable! Good job both of you! You inspire me!

  5. That is PERFECT!!!

  6. Nancy Peach says:

    Lily, it is beautiful. I love your embroidery….you did such a great job!! I can’t wait to see it all together!!

  7. Excellent fabric choices, as ever!

  8. I must say that this is by far my favorite square. I absolutely LOVE the hand stitching and have enjoyed watching Miss Lily’s skills improve. AWESOME JOB Lily!!!

  9. Is it just me or is she growing up before our very eyes? Love the stitching you did Lily! The best thing my grandmother taught me was to embroider. Stitching has been a life long love and source of pleasure.

  10. Lily, you look so proud of your work in this picture, and you should be!! This is a beautiful job of hand stitching, fabric choice, and piecing. I really like this block and look forward to seeing the quilt all together. I have never read all of the books as a young girl. You have me thinking it could be a good idea, even without a lovely young lady to share the experience with. Keep up the good work Lily.

  11. Wow! This is my favorite yet! Awesome stitching!

  12. oh, this is so cute! my sewing group will be making this block, for sure!

  13. Lily, These Happy Golden Years is my favorite book in the series also, for the same reason. 🙂

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