Little House on the Prairie; Maple Leaf

My 7 year old, Penny, just finished sewing her Maple Leaf block for our Little House on the Prairie sew along.  This block design was actually contributed by a little girl named Caitlyn who sewed along with us a few years ago when I made this quilt with my older daughter.

To refresh your memory, this is Caitlyn and her completed quilt from the first Little House on the Prairie sewalong.  Caitlyn just won a second place ribbon for another quilt that she entered into QuiltCon this year!  How exciting for her!

Both of my girls are feeling sick this weekend so we are taking it easy.  Penny decided that she still wanted to sew her maple leaf though.  As she sat down at the sewing machine she said “I’m just like you Mommy!  I am wearing a robe and slippers and sewing!”  She said it with a great deal of pride which made me laugh. It’s true, I walk around most of the day in the winter with my robe and slippers (over my clothes I might add, not over pjs) just for added warmth because our old house is drafty and I am always cold.  It’s probably how my kids will remember me! It could be worse. Come to think of it, I can clearly remember the robe that my mom lived in during my childhood. And it evokes pretty happy memories.

It’s fun watching Penny make her fabric selections.  She leans towards incorporating solids into her blocks and her sister was only interested in prints.  I can’t wait to see how different their two quilts look once they are done.

For this block, we made 4 half square triangle units. I don’t want Penny using a rotary cutter yet but wanted to give her the chance to cut along the line separating the units. I bought these scissors when I started sewing with my kids and recommend them:

They are inexpensive yet work well on fabric. I recently bought a number of pairs to use with my Girl Scout troop as we work on our sewing badge. They are a worthwhile investment AND keep the kids away from your good scissors!  It’s important to explain to your child how they have to work their fingers to pull the blades together when cutting.  It took Penny a moment to catch on but then she was all set.  She doesn’t need to squeeze her hand like that with the kids craft scissors.  So, it’s another good lesson!

We are making our way through Farmer Boy still.  We are probably half way.  Maybe next weekend we will make another block.  Please join in!  All the posts can be found here.  Remember to click on Lily’s version for full instructions.

Little House on the Prairie Sewalong; Bunny

My cute little second grader finished up her fourth block in the Little House on the Prairie Sewalong over the weekend!  When we finish a block, I am never sure who feels more victorious, me or my child.  It’s a lot of work to sew with a child, there’s no getting around that!  But it is very rewarding too.

This block is supposed to represent Pet and Patty, the two horses that Pa bought to pull the wagon from the little house in the big woods to the little house on the prairie.  But, in the book Little House on the Prairie, there is a new baby colt named Bunny, as well.  So, Penny has decided that her block is Bunny.  She chose a textured solid background for her block and went right for one of my favorite stashed woodgrain prints for the mane and tail. She thought that they looked like hair and I couldn’t disagree with that good choice.

This block is sewn with templates. I precut the pieces for Penny and then had her tell me which order she thought that we should sew them in by looking at the key on the pattern sheets.  She was very good at it and could see right away what she had to do. I was impressed. I did all the pinning because there are lots of angled pieces in this block and they are tricker to pin.  She did all the sewing though and did a fabulous job!

We hope you will join us and sew along!  All the instructions for this block can be found in my earlier post right here.

Caitlyn’s Little House on the Prairie Quilt

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Caitlyn's quilt

 

Oh, I can’t begin to tell you how happy this picture makes me!  This Little House on the Prairie Sew Along quilt was completed by Caitlyn and her mom, Tiffany.  Can you believe that Caitlyn is only in kindergarten?  Tiffany and Caitlyn have been so much fun during this sew along. They contributed the maple leaf block, shared each block with me on IG, and chatted through email.  Tiffany was nearly always the first to check out the new block patterns and caught a couple of typos in them which saved all of you from cutting mistakes and me from embarrassment.  I just love the energy with which they approached this project and how fun that made it for me and Lily.

We are thinking that we might have to do this again in a couple of years!

If you would like to make a Little House on the Prairie quilt, it’s not too late!  The block ideas and patterns will remain on my blog so you can jump in when you have the time and desire.  The best way to pull up all the posts is to type in “little house on the prairie” in the Search bar near the top of my sidebar.

Thank you again Tiffany and Caitlyn for sewing with us and for allowing me to share the picture of your completed quilt here.  If you finish a Little House quilt, make sure you email me a picture!

 

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Black Susan

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Lily and I were surprised to hear from so many Little House on the Prairie fans who might like to sew along with us this summer.  I made this little button for our sew along.  Feel free to share it if you would like and join us!

To recap, Lily is eight and I would love to share my fondness for the Little House series with her but she doesn’t normally like to read books that I suggest.  So, I bribed her a bit!  I told her that we would sew a block or two after each book and make her a quilt.  That sparked her interest.  She started out by reading the first book in the series, Little House in the Big Woods.  In that story, the Ingalls family lives in a log cabin in the Big Woods.  So, we made a log cabin block with 2 1/2″ strips resulting in a 14 1/2″ square.  Our original blog post is here.

Lily sewing

We are half way through reading the second book now. I am reading her a chapter here and there and she is reading to herself as well. But we decided to make a second block for Little House in the Big Woods before moving on.

Black Susan

Our block is Black Susan, the Ingalls’ family cat who was mentioned many times in the first book but the family had to leave her behind when they left the Big Woods. It’s a fairly simple block, like the log cabin, but introduces a couple of half square triangles. You can cut those out using traditional methods, or with a Sizzix die cutter if you have one. We used the diecutter because it gave Lily more independence. I rotary cut the other pieces.  Directions for making half square triangles are widely available so I am not including them here.

Black Susan layout

Here is a little cutting diagram for you.  First, assemble your HST units and trim them to 2 1/2″ square and 4 1/2″ square.  (No trimming is necessary if you are using die cut pieces.) Then, assemble the row with Black Susan’s ears.  Attach that strip to her head and then to her body; set aside.  Next sew the right hand column.  Join these two pieces to complete the cat.  We then added two 2 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips of background fabric to either side of the block to bring it up to a 14 1/2″ square like our log cabin. The larger size blocks make them easier for kids to sew.  And, it will make for a larger quilt with fewer blocks which is more satisfying!

We will be back before too long with our first block from Little House on the Prairie. We already have a list of 6 ideas so there will likely be at least two blocks again.