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I’m fully aware that today is Friday. Isn’t it?

And we’re up to Block 12 today! Are you managing to stay caught up? The baggies are getting emptier now. We’re on the home stretch.

For Block 12, you’ll need:

  • 12 units from your 1 1/2″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 1 square 3 1/2″ from background fabric
  • 2 strips from background fabric, 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • 2 strips from background fabric, 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

Lay the background square out with the half-square triangle units as shown:

Block12layout

Sew the units on the sides together into pairs, pressing seams to one side.

Block12pairs

Now sew them into rows, as shown. Press the seams in the top and bottom rows toward the outside, and the seams in the middle row toward the center.

Block12rows

Sew the rows together to complete the center section of the block.

Block12middle

Now lay this section out with your background strips.

Block12layout2

Sew the 6 1/2″ strips to the sides of the block, pressing seams toward the strips. (Ignore that my strip on the left there is a tad short — I was using scraps, so I fudged a tidget!)

Block12sides

Sew the 10 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom, again pressing seams toward the strips.

Block12dun

You’re all done with Block 12! I really like this one. I see lots of possibilities for this block in other projects!

For your second block, as always, you can play around with the arrangement of your units to get a block that is the same, yet different.

Here is how my second one came out:

Block12alt

Here are both of mine together:

Block12s

Label these Block 12, and I’ll be back next week with the three final blocks. Then it’ll be time to set them all together! Woohoo!

 

Well, it’s time for Block 11, even if I still don’t have my days straightened out — I thought today was Tuesday! My Cowboy just shakes his head . . .

After this we only have 4 more to make — we’re getting close to the end!

For Block 11, you’ll need:

  • 8 units from your 1 1/2″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 2 units from your 3″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 2 strips from background fabric, 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • 2 strips from background fabric, 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

Lay all the half-square triangle units out as shown:

Block11layout

Join the smaller units into pairs, pressing seams to opposite sides:

Block11Step1

Join the pairs together, pressing seams to one side.

Block11Step2

Join these units to the larger half-square triangle units, pressing seams toward the larger units.

Block11Step3

Join the two halves of this section together to complete it, pressing seam to either side.

Block11Step4

Now lay this middle section out with the background strips.

Block11Step5

Sew the 6 1/2″ strips to the sides, pressing seams toward the strips.

Block11Step6

Sew the 10 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom, pressing seams towards the strips.

Block11Dun

That completes your first Block 11!

There are several different layout options you can play around with for your second block. Here are a couple:

AltLayout2

AltLayout1

This is how my second block came out:

Block11alt

And here they both are together:

Block11s

Label these Block 11, and check back Friday for Block 12!

I almost forgot to post today’s block because I didn’t realize it’s Monday! Does that ever happen to you? I somehow mysteriously misplaced a day.

Anyway, I’ve recovered, and have been rudely reminded that it is indeed Monday, and here I am with Block 10.

For Block 10, you’ll need:

  • 4 units from your 4″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 1 square 2 1/2″ from a scrap of print
  • 4 rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ from background fabric

Lay all the pieces and units out as shown:

Block10layout

Sew them together into rows, pressing seams toward the background rectangles.

Block10rows

Sew the rows together, and you’re done! How fast was that?!

Block10dun

For your second block, you can again play with the arrangement of your units. Here’s another option for how I could have done my first block:

Block10altlayout

Here’s how I chose to make my second block:

Block10alt

And here are both of mine together:

Block10s

Label these Block 10, and be sure and check back Wednesday for Block 11 — I’ll try to have my days straightened out by then!

Are you ready for the weekend? I thought this week just flew by!

And we’re up to Block 9 already! This quilt-along is flying by — I hope you’re keeping up.

For Block 9, you’ll need:

  • 4 units from your 2 1/2″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 1 unit from your 3″ Finished baggie that is print with print
  • 1 unit from your 2″ Finished baggie that is print with print
  • 2 rectangles 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ from background fabric
  • 2 squares 5 1/2″ from background fabric

Lay all these pieces and units out together as shown:

Block9layout

We’ll begin by piecing the lower left section. Join the units together into pairs, pressing seams in opposite directions.

Block9pairs

Join the two pairs together to complete the section, pressing the seam to one side.

Block9section1

Now we’ll do the upper right section. Sew the background pieces to the half-square triangle units as shown, pressing seams toward the background fabric.

Block9units

Sew these two units together to complete the upper right section, pressing the seam to one side.

Block9section2

Now, sew the background squares to the sections, as shown here, to make the two halves of the block. Press seams toward the background fabric.

Block9halves

Join the two halves together, pressing the seam to one side, and you’re all finished!

Block9dun

For your second block, you can play around with the arrangement or orientation of your half-square triangle units, if you want to. I decided to keep mine the same, but using different prints. Here’s my second block:

Block9alt

And here they both are together:

Block9s

Label these with your Block 9 label, and have a great weekend! We’ll continue on with Block 10 next Monday.

Today I’m sharing with you a recipe that my mother’s cousin, Peggy Cerva, recently sent me.

Here’s Peggy, in the fall of 1955:

PeggyCerva

I believe this, too, is Peggy, even younger (I’ll have to ask Peggy to be 100% sure):

PeggyCerva1

I can tell that Peggy and I are related, because we both seem to have trouble smiling while getting our picture taken!

Peggy says that Hazel sent her this recipe — it’s in Hazel’s own handwriting. She thought I might like to have it. Of course I would!!

It arrived in the mail earlier this week, and I tried it out right away. I didn’t change a thing, and they came out really good!

So now I’m sharing it with all of you. Here’s Hazel’s original recipe — Peggy says she’s had this piece of paper for “40 some years”, so it’s a little beat up, but oh, so precious!

ChocChipOatmealCookies

And here’s the recipe, so you can try it for yourself:

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Mix together:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening (I used butter)

Beat good. (Haha!)

Sift together:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Add to the above mixture.

Then add:

  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats

Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will not appear to be done in this length of time, but remove from oven anyway.

Peggy says chocolate chips used to come in 6-ounce bags, whereas nowadays they’re usually 12 ounces. So just use what you want. Peggy says she uses more than 6 ounces, and hey! it’s chocolate, so I did, too!

Here’s the back side of the recipe:

OCCrecipeback

She’s right — they are! Enjoy!

We’re tearin’ right through these, huh?

Block 8 today!

The last block had lots of seams to match up. This one has a few, too!

Here we go . . .

For Block 8, you’ll need:

  • 9 units from your 3″ Finished baggie that are print with print
  • 1 strip from background fabric, 1 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • 1 strip from background fabric, 1 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

Lay the 9 half-square triangle units out as shown:

Block8layout

Sew them together into rows, pressing the seams in the top and bottom rows to the left, and the seams in the middle row to the right.

Block8rows

Sew the rows together to complete the block section, pressing seams to one side.

Block8sectiondun

Sew the 9 1/2″ background strip to the left side of the block. Press the seam toward the strip.

sideon

Sew the 10 1/2″ background strip to the bottom of the block. Press the seam toward the strip. You’re done with Block 8!

Block8dun

As always, for your second block, you can play around with the arrangement as you wish. Here are a few options for that. I’m sure you can come up with some more!

Block8alt

Block8alt2

Block8alt3

Here’s how I finally decided to do my second block:

Block8altdun

Here are both of my blocks together:

Block8s

Have fun with this one — Block 9 will be posted on Friday!

February 2, 1951

On this day, 65 years ago, Hazel wrote in her little red diary:

Stayed home tonite. Lou left today. Boohoo. We got her a going away present. Larry’s room had a party today. David Reese came home. I wrote to Peggy Koger & Shirley Warren. I’m just going to be lost without Lou.

It clearly broke her little 14-year-old heart, as she lamented, “I’ve never had a better friend.

Lula Belle Chick. She moved with her family to Hallsville, Missouri, about an hour away. She and Hazel stayed in touch over the years, and even visited back and forth occasionally.

Lu got engaged in February, 1954, two months before Hazel and Dale officially became engaged. Hazel never mentions going to her wedding, or if the wedding even happened. There’s no more about Lu in the diary after that.

At the time I posted the diary entry from 65 years ago, I had not been able to find out any information about Lu at all, but since then, I was able to find someone who identified Lu in these unlabeled pictures from the family picture box.

Three of these pictures were evidently taken all on the same day, because Lu is wearing the same dress in all three of them. In this first one, that’s Lu on the left. I don’t know who she’s with, or where they are, but it’s obviously a warm day.

LunSum1

My guess is these pictures were possibly taken on a day when Lu came back to visit briefly — August 12, 1952, perhaps? So the gal on the right in the above picture might be Loretta, since I know it’s not Della.

UPDATE: Loretta’s son and daughter both agree that the gal in the photo above is indeed Loretta Leathers. So now we know for sure!

Here’s Lu with Opal Smith, standing outside the Callao Sale Barn.

OpalnLu

I have a feeling Hazel took this picture, because next we have the same setting, only showing Hazel with Lu, so I think Opal took this one!

HazelnLu

And this one might possibly have been taken at Hazel’s house during Lu’s 1952 summer visit:

LulaBelle

Hazel could have had no idea that in just a few year’s time from when these pictures were taken, she’d be living right around the corner from that Sale Barn, in her dream home, with her sweetheart, Dale.

Or that she would have a daughter whose first job, at the age of 14, was working as a waitress on Saturday mornings in that same Sale Barn’s cafe!

In that same diary entry, Hazel mentions writing a letter to a gal named Peggy Koger. Here’s Peggy, standing outside what appears to be a school building, but it’s not Callao School. I don’t know where Peggy lived and went to school (possibly Elmer?). Hazel mentions on February 4, 1952, that Peggy sent her a picture, so I wonder if this is the picture she sent?

UPDATE: I found another picture identical to this one, and it had writing on the back! This picture was indeed taken outside the Elmer High School. The photo is dated January 25, 195? — the last number is cut off, but my guess is 1952 (see above). She also wrote on it “Baby its cold outside.” Haha!

PeggyKoger

Hazel also says that in one of the letters she got from Shirley Warren, that Shirley sent her a picture, but I haven’t found it or identified it yet, if I have it.

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