Amy and her daughter have planned a quilt built on blocks based on each of the Little House books. Amy posts a quilt block pattern or two to her blog whenever her daughter finishes a book. Her daughter sews the blocks, but Amy does the cutting and pinning. Following this model, I knew my own girl would love to sew along with this project. My girl is reading a little slower than Amy's girl, as mine likes to read about a dozen books at once. But she's halfway through By the Shores of Silver Lake, and has completed her first four sew-along quilt blocks.
Like Amy, I did most of the cutting and pinning. My girl did 100% of this sewing, and she most emphatically made all of the fabric selections, too.
In honor of the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, Amy led us through making a traditional quilt block known as a log cabin. My girl's log cabin is humongous because she couldn't narrow down her fabric choices:
The second block is a cat, for Black Susan, the family pet that Laura and her family left behind when they left the Big Woods:
In Little House on the Prairie, Laura falls madly in love with Pet and Patty, the family's horses:
And then we took a detour away from Laura's childhood to read about her future husband Almonzo's childhood in Farmer Boy. My girl surprised me with how much she loved Farmer Boy, and here we have the award-winning milk-fed pumpkin that Almonzo grew:
And she's halfway through her block for By the Banks of Plum Creek, which will be the first where we've deviated from Amy's designs. My girl has insisted we need a block to show the dugout, the underground home that Laura and her family first lived in until Pa could build them a wood-frame home. The bottom two-thirds of it are finished but we're waiting on a special order of a fat-quarter of cow fabric, because one simply can't sew a dugout without adding the cow who once put her hoof through the roof.
So here are the first four blocks together. I figure I'll come back and show you when she has the next few together? After the dugout, she wants to add Amy's wheat block for Plum Creek, Almonzo's pig to go with his pumpkin, and something with feathers to represent the Indians who figure so prominently on the Prairie. She's planning a train engine car for Silver Lake, so give us another month or so and we should have more blocks to show off to you.
Pretty fun, don't you think? I get so little time at the sewing machine and I'm giving most of it to supervising her, so it's slowing down my own projects' progress, but I am really enjoying this collaboration with her, especially watching how it makes her consider these books in ways she might not have otherwise.
I might be in trouble, though, because she's already talking of quilts to correspond to all the other book series she loves. That justifies me daydreaming about this ridiculously complicated Harry Potter quilt, yes?