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August 1, 1953

We went to town tonite & saw Ruth & Ralph. Got me a black & white dress & Ruth got Shirley one just like it. Saw Mary Ann (T & D) Carol, Ordell, Tooter & more. It’s really hot. We need rain.

Ruth and Ralph are Shirley’s parents. Shirley always says that Hazel had way more fashion sense than she did, so I guess when Hazel picked out a dress, Ruth thought it would be a good one for Shirley as well. Maybe they’ll wear them together on one of their double dates!

Regular diary entries will resume tomorrow, with August 1, 1953.

Hazel’s story continues . . .

And so do the Quilt-Alongs.  This IS a Quilt-Along blog, after all!

Next up is a short Quilt-Along, beginning September 1st, that will be presented in 6 installments over an 8-week period. The quilt is a throw-sized fun and easy (and very happy) quilt, and I’ll be back soon with a picture of it for you, and more information. So be gathering up your bright scraps, and stay tuned!

 

I hope you’ve finished all your embroidery blocks, because I’m finally back with the instructions for the pieced blocks and the setting that finishes it all up! Can you believe it?

Here’s the block:

PiecedBlock

Here’s the quilt top:

Hazel's Summer WildFlowers

Here’s a quick review of the fabric requirements for the quilt, in case you’ve misplaced it:

Focal print: 1 1/4 yards. This is used for the outer border and the centers of the pieced blocks.

Red tone-on-tone print: 2 yards. Used for the star points, half of the setting triangles, and the binding.

White background: 2 yards. Used in the blocks, and for the embroidery base fabric.

Blue print (where I used the argyle one): 1 fat quarter. Used in the blocks only.

Pink print: 1/3 yard. Used in the blocks only.

Blue paisley print: 1 1/4 yards. Used for half of the setting triangles.

You can also click any of the links in the sidebar under the 1953 Quilt-Along to get more information at any time.

I’ve made this into a downloadable file just like all the embroidery blocks, so you don’t have to hover near the computer to follow the instructions. Just print them out and take them to your sewing aerie — much easier!

Download the final instructions here: Hazel’s Summer Wildflowers Setting.

I did not include any information on how I quilted my quilt, because I haven’t quilted it yet! But one of these days I’ll get it quilted, and I’ll blog about how I did it then.

There’s also one more bonus project featuring Block 6 that I have yet to post, so stay tuned for that.

I would love to see your quilts when you get them finished, so please send me pictures or blog links. I’d be happy to feature them here on the blog, too, so don’t be shy!

Now that we’re finally finished with this quilt-along, which was never supposed to take this long in the first place, I’ll be back in a few days with news about what will be happening next here on the Hazel’s Diary blog — things like more quilt-alongs (that won’t be nearly so strung out, I promise), a line of patterns, continued diary entries (yes, the story continues!), give-aways, more recipes, stories, and much more. So keep checking back!

I received the sweetest gift in the mail last week.

It’s from a friend of my parents, someone I also consider a friend — Janet Smith.

Janet is a special person in my life. Janet is a retired nurse, and when she was a new nurse, back in the 60’s, I was the first baby she helped deliver!

Janet and her husband, Ron, (and Janet’s sister Betty) are all accomplished musicians as well.

Janet’s mother-in-law, Bessie Smith, was my Sunday School teacher at the small country church we attended when I was a little girl.

Janet says she loves quilts, but does not like to make them! However, she has other seemingly unlimited talents, because the gift is even more special as it was handmade by Janet herself! It’s a beautiful set of note cards that she made:Janetsnotecards

Janet said that the Hazel’s “mending” ones reminded her of me and my mother. Aren’t they just so cute?

She sent me “extras to use”, but they’re so pretty I don’t know about that! They’ll have to be saved for very special people . . .

Thank you so much, Janet, for the sweet, thoughtful, and beautiful gift — I consider it a treasure!

Here it is! The final embroidery block! Woohoo!

I never dreamed I’d drag this out as long as I have, but 2013 was quite a year! The year of UN-organization around here. With moving twice back towards the beginning, I lost a lot of the pieces and parts of this project, so I’ve done a lot of digging and sorting to get back on track — very slowly . . .

And all my plans to get it wrapped up sooner just kept falling through. But here it is — the final embroidery block!

Here’s my plain version:Block6Plain

And here’s the fancy version:Block6fancy

For my plain version this time, I again reduced the block size, this time by 25%, to make a 9″ finished embroidery block. You’ll see why when the bonus project comes out a bit later. I also used two colors of thread on this one, and only used 2 strands of floss. If you’re doing it full-sized, you will probably want to use three strands of floss. This time, I used four stitches: Outline Stitch, Back Stitch, Straight Stitch, and French Knots (see links below for help with these stitches).

For the fancy version, again I used 8 thread colors, matched to the fabrics I’m making my quilt out of. You’ll need at least 1 skein of each color and possibly more of the greens for this block. I used three strands for this block as well.

Here are close-up photos of each section, so that hopefully, you can see the stitches a bit better. If you click on each photo, it will appear in a larger version (or at least it’s supposed to . . .).

Here’s section 1:Section1F

Section 2:Section2F

Section 3:Section3F

And section 4:Section4F

Stitches that I used in the fancy block are as follows:

Outline Stitch

French Knots

Satin Stitch

Blanket Stitch

Backstitch

Cross Stitch

Chain Stitch

Running Stitch

Straight Stitch

Lazy Daisy Stitch

If you click on the name of each stitch, it links to a post or video on how to do that particular stitch, just in case you need to refer to them.

And always remember, you do not have to use the same stitches and fills that I did. Shop around on the stitch sites, pick something new and unusual to try, but no matter what, do what you feel comfortable with.

On the printed pattern, you will see black lines and red lines, just like every time. If you’re doing the plain version, you’ll only need the black lines.

If you’re doing the fancy version, you may also need some of the red lines. It’s possible that you won’t need to actually trace the red lines, but just refer to them for placement as you’re doing your fills. It’s up to you and how comfortable you feel sewing without the lines.

Here’s the download: Hazel’s Summer Wildflowers, Block 6

For more information, you can refer back to the post for Block 1 for links to how to trace off your block pattern onto the fabric or for the embroidery lesson sites.

Sometime next week, I’ll post the instructions for the pieced block that goes with these to make the quilt, so check back soon. And right after that, finishing instructions for your quilt — can you believe it? We’ll be done!

I’d love to feature any blocks you have finished, so don’t be shy — send me some pictures!

Oh, and there’s one more bonus project coming up soon, and lots more news about what’s next for the diary project . . . there WILL be a lot happening around here this year — you’ll want to stay tuned!

I’m here today to highlight a participant from the very first Hazel’s Diary Quilt-Along, the 1951 Quilt.

Susanne contacted me a few days ago to let me know she had finally finished her quilt.

And it’s fabulous! I’m always so thrilled to see yet another colorway and someone else’s take on the pattern, and Susanne used a wonderful zebra print in her quilt — along with all the bright colors in her blocks, it just zings . . .

Susanne blogged about her quilt, and you can go read all about it and see some more pictures by clicking HERE.

And thank you so much, Susanne, for sharing the post and pictures with us — your quilt is beautiful!

Kitchen Towels

Here’s a quick project that you can make using the plain version of one of your embroidery blocks.

Some cute and easy kitchen towels!Kitchentowels

I used the embroidery pattern for Block 5, the plain version, in one color, for my tea towels, which you can find by clicking HERE.

Simply reduce the pattern to the size that you want (I used 50%), and trace it on to a pre-made towel, and stitch it out.PlainBlock5

I just happened to have on hand these two vintage red and white-striped towels, and they were perfect for my project. You can purchase pre-made kitchen towels in lots of styles and colors, or you can get fabric you love and make your own and then stitch on the design.

When I finally get my kitchen finished, my colors will be red and white, so I think these will go perfectly and look really cute in my new kitchen!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a finish to show you from a previous quilt-along participant, and I hope to get Block 6 posted within the week.

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