Their home would become known as Rocky Ridge Farm, which is now the site of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. The 1913 farmhouse was home to the family until 1928, when Laura’s daughter Rose built the Rock House. Laura and Almanzo lived in the newer home until 1936, when they returned to their farmhouse to live out the rest of their lives. It was during their time in the Rock House that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the first four of her “Little House on the Prairie” books, the series for which she is best known.
We determined that a net overlay on the front of the quilt was the best solution for its long-term preservation. The entire front was covered in one piece of brown nylon net that matched most of the fabrics, and is only minimally visible on a few of the lightest areas. I pinned the net out, being careful to not leave too much excess or pull the net too tightly over the surface of the quilt. Intern Sarah Stebulis and I then stitched the net down along the lines between the blocks and along strategic seams within each block to ensure the net did not sag. At the edges of the quilt, the net was turned under and stitched to the backing fabric one half inch from the edge. This encapsulated the edges, protecting them from further wear and loss. A twill tape header was attached along the top of the quilt for future display with a magnetic hanging system.