The 4th book, On the Banks of Plum Creek, tells about the life of the Ingalls family after they move to Plum Creek. They buy land with a growing wheat crop. Their financial future is really tied to the land and that crop and sadly, a cloud of grasshoppers come and eat everything in sight. When my older daughter and I were designing the blocks for this quilt, we thought about making a grasshopper block but I couldn’t figure out how to do that simply enough and then I got an idea for a simple wheat block so we went with it!
This block was tricky! Penny isn’t a fan of the 1/4″ seam so we had to rip and redo a number of seams in order to make all the half square triangles in the wheat fit together. She decided to hand stitch her stalks instead of free motion quilting them.
I do like the fabrics that she chose for the wheat. The raindrop shapes apply to the story too because the Ingalls family was waiting for rain that summer, experiencing a severe drought.
This block marks the half way point in the sew along. Now we are on to reading On the Shores of Silver Lake and will be back with the accompanying blocks once we are done. If at any point you want to join us, just follow the sewalong link in the header of my homepage.