Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Dove in the Window



Dove in the Window

Lily has just finished reading These Happy Golden Years.  As I mentioned before, this book describes Laura and Almanzo’s courtship and ends with their marriage.  Lily was quite swept away by the love story.  In the book, Almanzo builds their home and sets it all up before Laura sees it.  At Caroline’s direction, Almanzo has spread out some of Laura’s things like a checkered tablecloth and her Dove in the Window quilt.  Laura pieced the Dove in the Window quilt as a girl while Mary was piecing her Nine Patch.

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Here are the cutting instructions for this traditional block to finish at 14.” If you do a quick search of Dove in the Window, you will find tutorials if you care to make a different size block or need further instructions.  The HST units finish at 2 1/2″. We cut our pairs of fabric for the HST at 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ each.  This gave us lots of room to trim down to a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ unit.

I know that many of you will ask about the cute floral.  It’s a Japanese print and you can buy it here.

We are on to The First Four Years  now, the final book in the Little House on the Prairie series.  We will have two more blocks to share next month, bringing us to a total of 20 blocks for this quilt.  Then the assembly will begin!

I have to say once again how touched I am by the number of people who have sent me private emails letting me know how much they are enjoying the sew along. I am excited by the fact that we have encouraged some adults to read the series! And I am thrilled to be in on secret plans for many Little House quilts that will be gifted this Christmas. I never thought that so many people would enjoy this sew along. I just started it to encourage Lily to read my favorite series of all time and to have a little one on one time with her.  The rest has been a bonus.




  1. Oh my….hug that child for me…at once…or at least when she gets home from school!!!:)

  2. If she’s still on a Laura kick after finishing the last book, be sure to look into the series about her daughter Rose and the series about Laura’s mom, grandma, and great-grandma! I loved them!

  3. She has done a bang up job!! I think I have the books and TV series memorized!! Between daughter and granddaughters I am trapped in the past.hahaha.hah.aha..a
    You are a good mama!!

  4. Your daughter has done a wonderful job! You are carrying on the tradition of passing down the joy of quilting from one generation to the next, and the pleasure of reading. Congratulations. Up here in Canada we give our daughters the Anne of Green Gables books. A wonderful series also.

  5. This is a fantastic block and looks complicated, particularly to someone who does not quilt, but I LOVE the design and fabric choices. Once again Miss Lily has done a wonderful job and I am impressed with how much her skills have continued to improve. Can’t wait to see what you both come up with for the next chapter. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. I’m not sewing along but saving all the info for the future.

  7. That really is a very cute floral. And a very cute girl. 🙂 I love this block and continue to be impressed with Lily’s sewing accomplishments.

  8. Nancy Peach says:

    This is another great block….Lily, you have done a great job!!

  9. Melody A. says:

    Love the block and it is so representative of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s quilt and her wonderful books! Lily has done a great job making all of these blocks and it will be a very special quilt when finished.

  10. Wow! She is doing such an amazing job!

  11. She is too cute! What a great job she is doing!

  12. I cannot sew HST worth a darn!! This is soooo pretty! she is sooooo talented! I cannot wait to see the finished project. XXOO to both od you, Cat

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