The Ups and Downs of Making a Little House on the Prairie Quilt

I finished this quilt and posted the giveaway over here. The giveaway is still open until December 14th so you still have time to enter.

Little House on the Praire Finished Quilt

I had other ideas of what I would make with the fabrics, thinking a doll quilt would be the perfect size for the amount of fabric I would be receiving. Until I saw what I was working with.

Three directional fabrics with some prints too large for small doll sized quilt pieces.

Little House on the Prairie Fabric strips

I started by deciding to use the large directional on the far left as my outside border. I originally wanted the flowers to be centered in each border but the repeat was spaced too far apart for me to have enough fabric. So the horizontal (top and bottom) borders had the floral centers and I used the strips as the center for the vertical borders.

Little House on the Prairie Top

I also planned to have the striped of this fabric to run horizontally in each if the squares in the middle of the block. Again, I didn’t have enough fabric so I tried piecing it only to find I only had enough for 3….  I wanted it to look like this:

Triangle Unit Trimmed

I was deliberate about the directions of the houses and that meant creative piecing with the triangles. In hindsight I would have tried to fussy cut it more so the houses showed better in the smaller triangles. Part of the block plan was to have the houses at the center so the other fabrics were planned around that as well.

middle squares

The next area I was careful about placement was the small striped flower piece (bottom right).

Little House fabrics

I wanted the flowers to be going up and down along both the vertical and horizontal lines with the flowers upright. I didn’t worry about the direction in the triangles. When I look at it closely, I wish I had. So I don’t look that close. 🙂

Small Flowers

Lastly when planning the design and fabric placement, I wanted the darker flower fabric to standout in pieces large enough to showcase the fabric but not overtake it. Plus I love flying geese.

Little house flying geese

Balanced and complete even if it has unplanned (new) design elements.

Click here for the tutorial: Little House on the Prairie Wallhanging Tutorial

A mock-up of an entire quilt from the block with this fabric would look like this:

Quilt with borders

I’m thinking of making a full-sized quilt with the pattern with different colors and possibly scrappy. Your thoughts? What would you do?

Documenting on the journey, Jackie


  • Jaye

    Looks really nice. I would not have been able to work with those fabrics. It is great that you provided a mock-up of what an entire quilt look like. I’d love to see it scrappy.

  • Marianne Jeffrey

    wow that mock up looks terrific!

    • Jackie

      Thank you Marianne. I really need to do the pattern in a larger version. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • val

    Great pattern….definiely think It would great in a scrappy version too.