Quilting with Laura Quilt

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One of my Christmas gifts was a pattern book by Linda Halpin, Quilting with Laura – Patterns Inspired by the “Little House on the Prairie” Series, published by RCW Publishing Company.

My youngest daughter, who is an admirer of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books, gave me the pattern and I considered making the quilt for her, although I knew this type of quilt was not her decorating style.  Surprisingly, she volunteered that she would like to have the quilt with all its scrappy blocks, so I started getting the fabrics together.  The pattern is for a large 37″x46″ wall hanging and I added borders to make it large enough for a single bed.

The quilt includes blocks actually mentioned in the television series as well as traditional blocks whose names reflect events in Laura’s time.  Instructions and templates are given for 14 blocks of varying sizes and a diagram is given for the layout of the quilt.  My main complaint is that no measurements were given for the many types of sashing used to separate blocks.  I was able to work it out but beginners might have a bit of a problem.

I’m not good at hand sewing, so all of the piecing and quilting were done on my Bernina.  After the quilt was completed, I made a label for each block, printing on fabric and then making a frame for each from backing fabric.  Each label, sewn on the back of the quilt at the spot where the block appears on the front, gave the name of the block for my non-quilting daughter and a brief explanation of why the block was chosen.  Example:  Nine Patch – a block that Mary was able to make even after losing her eyesight.

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The most difficult block, and my favorite, was Doves in the Window, reportedly the pattern used by Laura in her wedding quilt.

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The patterns in the book are:

  • Nine Patch
  • Snowball

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  • Sawtooth
  • Indian Trails
  • Flying Geese
  • Corn and Beans
  • Prairie Queen
  • Trail of the Covered Wagon
  • Bear’s Paw
  • Dugout
  • Album
  • Log Cabin
  • Schoolhouse

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  • Doves in the Window

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My daughter tells me this quilt with low loft batting has replaced her handmade, very heavy afghan and is just as warm.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

5 thoughts on “Quilting with Laura Quilt”

  1. What fun to see what people are doing with my book! Your quilt is lovely. Sorry for the confusion. The book was not meant to be a pattern for the sampler quilt on the cover, but rather, a collection of blocks inspired by the Little House stories. I chose to put my blocks together in a sampler quilt so the reader could see all of the blocks. I have gotten such nice feedback from people who have made whole quilts of individual blocks, who have taught children to quilt through the use of the book, and who have designed their own sampler quilts. Having fun with it is the name of the game. Thanks for sharing your quilt online. Happy Quilting!
    Linda Halpin, author of Quilting with Laura

  2. I just got the book Quilting with Laura I love it and will be making this quilt. I would definatly love some help with the sashing part of this as I cannot figure it out. I wanna make this for my niece who is autistic and I would love it for her small bed.I like the sampler as is.

    1. Liza,

      It’s difficult for me to tell you how I put my quilt together with sashing. The proper way would probably be to work it out on paper but I just adjusted the sashing as I went along. I took the chart on page 2 as a guide and made the left side first (blocks 13, 5, 12, and 8 plus 2″ border). I worked out the sashing as I went, putting blocks together and figuring how wide and long the sashing had to be. Then I moved on to the top half of the remainder of the quilt (blocks 4, 7, 6, 10, 3, 5, 14), again fitting the sashing the best I could according to the chart. I put together the bottom right hand portion last (3, block with saying, 9, 11, 12, 1, 2, 9) with sashing where needed. I joined the top and bottom right hand sections together and then added the left hand section. My borders were wider than 2″ because I wanted a bigger size quilt. I hope this helps a little bit.
      Lillian

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