Exciting News! This year is the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Ricky is tying the Laura Ingalls Wilder celebrations to the Legacy Quilt. Each block will feature quotes or stories relating to her life and Little House on the Prairie. (With gratitude to Laura Ingalls Wilder historian, Connie Ryle Newman for her assistance with this project.)
This month's block is the Tree of Life. Click here to download the pattern.
"A wee dark blob between [the Twin Lakes] was the Lone Tree. Pa said it was a big cottonwood, the only tree to be seen between the Big Sioux River and the Jim." - Laura Ingalls Wilder, By The Shores of Silver Lake Ch. 7 "West Begins"
Toward the end of the book, Pa plants little saplings from the Lone Tree near their homestead shanty, one for each of the four girls and Ma. Those cottonwoods are still growing today near De Smet, SD, on the Ingalls' homestead land. The photo shows "Pa's Trees" as they are today.
The trees are a favorite stop by those taking the Little House Trail.
More Exciting News! Due to the popularity and excitement that is building, Ricky has created an online meeting parlor in the Community Tab. Here you can interact and share photos of your blocks. Anyone can participate if you have a TQS membership -- both FREE Basic members or Star Members are welcome.