In my early education, I went to an old fashioned one room country school from Kindergarten (back then they called it Spring Primary as it was just in the springtime) through the 6th grade. Yup, I really am that old!
One of the mainstays and set of books continually checked out from our tiny library were the Little House Series of Books, they were well worn, dog eared, read and re-read and of so loved from our little 8’x8′ library. We played “Little House” at recess and knew ALL the stories inside and out.
Later in my teen years the TV series came along. Those evenings at 7 PM were a sacred time for me (remember if we did not see it on the actual airing there was no recording!) Why, I even remember one time that I was late for a school play practice as I just could not leave until the episode was over! As a 16 year old girl I certainly did not tell anyone that was the reason I was late though!
Children and adults alike continue to be fascinated by the engaging tale of what life was like during the pioneer era. In an age when people had to make do to survive, quilting played a natural and vital role. Sewing skills in general were important in the lives of women on the prairie.
Caroline Ingalls understood the importance of teaching her children to sew. In a time before central heating, when a warm home in the winter might only be 55 degrees, having a large number of quilts was a matter of survival. Quilts were not only used for bedding, but they were also hung in windows and doorways to block drafts.
They were hung from ropes to create ‘divisions’ in an otherwise one-room cabin, providing privacy in cramped quarters. They were also used as padding to protect precious belongings when traveling cross country.
And… I am over the moon excited that Little House on the Prairie® recently released three beautiful fabric collections by Andover Fabrics. For those in love with all things Little House on the Prairie, the possibilities of what you can make are endless.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE® QUILT FABRICS BROUGHT TO LIFE!
Now, these many years after Laura’s stories were saved for those of us who treasure them so, she continues to fire our imagination. In October, Andover Fabrics is introducing three lines of Little House on the Prairie® fabrics.
This quilt was a sneak peek from this Fall Quilt Market in Houston.
Coming soon to the shop is this fantastic book too.
We have lots of things planned to do with this fabric line – I can hardly wait! I have my own version of an old fashioned scrappy quilt to make (and kit) …..now if I just had more time….
Stay tuned as we share some of the fun projects and events we are planning at the shop, and guess what? There will even be a Little House Quilting Quickie coming soon! Come on in to our own PNQS Olson’s Mercantile to get your pretty calicos and other fine things!
THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS TO EVERYONE!
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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