Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oregon Trail Quilt: Prairie Queen

Prairie Queen took some time to stitch together. I strip pieced the small 4-patches used on the center sides of the block. That made it go faster than stitching together so many 1 1/2" squares! I also used a special ruler called a Triangle Square Up Ruler by Quilt in a Day. It made the corner half-square triangles very quick to piece.

This is a fairly old block. A Prairie Queen is a woman who lived, worked, and raised a family on the prairie.

Photo of finished Prairie Queen block.

You should be able to click on the image above and then right-click and save as to your computer.

You can find directions for Prairie Queen at Patterns From History.

Here is some fun information on Prairie Queens found at Prairie Queens.com.

You, or your female ancestor, might be a Prairie Queen if:

  • You had any of your children at home, alone, with no doctor or midwife, no medicine and no family member present.
  • You learned how to knit, sew, crochet, embroider, quilt, tat AND needlepoint all before the age of 12.
  • You have cooked beaver, raccoon, possum, ground hog, squirrels or whatever else was brought home.
  • You made mincemeat for pie by starting with a whole hogs head
  • You have recipes for souse, hogshead cheese, egg butter and green tomato pie.
  • You make your own sauerkraut from scratch.
  • You make a poultice to put on your child's snakebite.
  • You have six or more children.
  • Your cellar is filled with canned vegetables from your garden.

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