The Little House on the Prairie Quilt for MFFO.org

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Little House on the Prairie Quilt for MFFO.org

My friend Pat White sent me a box of fabrics to make a quilt for a charity we both support, Mothers Fighting for Others, and this is the end result.  When I first saw the fabrics, the sweet calico prints made me think of Little House on the Prairie.  Since the aim is to raise money for a school and orphanage for young girls, basing the quilt on a book seemed perfect.  I decided it might be even better to actually buy a copy of the book and pair it with the quilt for the upcoming auction.  (I like this idea so much, I’ve already decided on a book and quilt design for the next auction, if they’d like me to contribute again!)

Once I had the quilt finished, I could almost picture a little girl enjoying the breeze on a warm summer afternoon in the yard, laying on her quilt under a shade tree, lost in her book.  I thought, “She’s going to need a pillow,” and made that for her, too.  All we’re missing now is the little girl!

Little House on the Prairie Quilt for MFFO.org

The quilt is a traditional hourglass design, a pattern that may have been used in as a part of a “quilt code” to help send messages to escaping slaves as a part of the underground railroad.  An hourglass quilt hung outside or visible in a window might have been a message about when travel would be safe, or a signal to travel in disguise or to change from the clothing of a slave to those of a person of higher status. (You can read more here and here.)  I imagine the future owner of this quilt will love these stories.  We’re working on building a lifelong love of reading and learning here!

Little House on the Prairie Quilt  for MFFO.org

The finished quilt measures about 39″ x 45″ and the pillow is about 12″ x 16″.  It’s pretty heavily quilted, and I love the way the lines intersected to make a starburst pattern.  It’s a little easier to see on the back.

Little House on the Prairie Quilting Detail

If you’re interested in owning this quilt set, I think the auction will be held in October.  (Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to let you know once it’s been scheduled!)

Little House on the Praire Quilt for MFFO.org

The purchase of this quilt will contribute to the love of learning for the special little girl who receives it, and it will also help educate all 35 girls at Saint Monica Children’s Home.  That’s a lot to expect from a little quilt, but I have faith in it.

Little House on the Prairie Quilt for MFFO.org

Gift for Mom: The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt and a Quilting Buddy

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The Farmer's Wife and Fabric

This was a really special birthday for my Mom.  She just retired (WHOOOO!!!) and has free time to do lots of new projects.  She’s got plenty of plans and I certainly didn’t want to direct her use of time, but I thought it might be fun for us to slowly work on a quilt block or two a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt.

We haven’t come up with a game plan yet.  Do we want to work on the same blocks together, or whatever strikes our fancy at the time? One block a week?  Two?  More?  And what size quilt do we want to end up with?  Or maybe just a wall hanging?  We’re still deciding, so it might be a while until we really start.

The book comes with a CD of templates so you can create all 111 blocks in the book.  You can see some great examples in The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long group on Flickr.  (I’m really loving Erin’s at Why not Sew?)  Even aside from the quilt, the book is a fascinating read.  It’s based on a magazine contest from 1922 asking wives of farmers whether or not they’d like their own daughters to grow up and marry a farmer, and why.  The heartwarming letters they received are filled with love and stories of simple blessings.  The world changes around us, but each generation remains the same in wanting the best possible lives for our kids.

If you’re looking for a crafty gift for your Mom or daughter, take a look at this book!