Friday, November 30, 2007

Finding Inspiration in Laura Ingalls Wilder

I just read "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It tells the story of Laura's teen years, her first time teaching, and her courtship with Almanzo. There are so many passages in the book about sewing, and the many wonderful clothes that Laura made for herself. The descriptions are fantastic, and really make me want to go on a pilgrimage to the various Ingalls Wilder museums. I immediately followed with "The First Four Years", the story of her first years as a married woman. What a wonderful book. The manuscript was found with her papers after her death and wasn't published until 1971 (28 years after Those Happy Golden Years). How wonderful it must have been for the people who had read her books and thought they had read them all!

I think I have found the story for my next narrative quilt. It's just starting to form in my mind. I think I will focus on her life from 13-20. Beginning with the trip to the Shores of Silver Lake. I have some ideas for images to include - but no real plan yet. Just the thought that the story is interesting enough to me, and full of enough imagery to justify making a quilt from it - I'm excited by that alone!

Pa bought the sewing machine as a surprise for Ma (and all his girls).


Barbara said...

My daughter, now an adult, wants to go to all the Laura "sites". We'll do it after we visit Anne of Green Gables' PEI next year!
There is another book that may be of interest to you. "Letters from Home" which are Laura's letters while visiting San Francisco.

Catherine Slye said...

I can't wait to see the beginnings of the quilt, I'm sure it'll be amazing!

how did your open house/sale go? :)

Jennifer said...

I've been twice to her adult home in Missouri, where she wrote her books. It includes both the house and a small museum with many of the things from her life and childhood (Pa's fiddle!!). I highly recommend the trip -- learn more at said...

I've really enjoyed looking through your blog here.. I love to sew.. and haven't for a long time... until recently, when I borrowed my moms old machine, which is cranky and complicated!

I love this drawing of the sewing table. I'm actually using an old sewing table (very similar to it, except it has little drawers on each side) for a computer desk!

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