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Whew! I’m only four days late with Ornament #8. Evidently, I failed to look at my own calendar when I scheduled this one!  But here we are, so hopefully, no harm done. There are only 4 ornaments left! Then we get to start putting things together into finished projects — I’m excited to see this come together.

If you’re just joining in on The Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along, you can click HERE to get started. All the related links are also in the sidebar to the right.

So onward with Ornament #8!

Here’s the embroidery version:

I felt like I needed some more red in mine, since it IS my favorite color. Again, I’ve explained the stitches and colors I used where in the pattern, but it’s only a guideline. I did those middle circles with chain stitch. You may not like chain stitch, so please feel free to do your own thing!

Here’s my appliqué version for the throw quilt option:

Using rick rack for my stripes again! I’m really having fun with the rick rack.

Here’s my appliqué version for the wall quilt option:

This ornament is another one in which you can either piece the body to create the stripes, or make it all appliqué; the choice is yours. Both methods are given, and you can choose the one you think is easiest for you.

Have fun making them all your own!

The pattern is available as a PDF instant download in Hazel’s Mercantile for $1.75. The pattern has all the instructions for all the versions of the ornament shown above, along with full-size templates, piecing instructions, appliqué tips, the embroidery stitch chart with colors, placement information, and anything else I could think of to include. It’s ready for download, so you can get started right away!

As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’ll be happy to answer!

Ornament #9 comes out on September 20th.

Happy Stitching!

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Homecoming

Every year, on the fourth Sunday in August, the little country church my family attended while I was growing up has a Homecoming.

It’s not like it used to be when we were little. Back then, Homecoming was an all-day affair, with Sunday School and Church services in the morning, followed by one of the most unbelievable potluck dinners you’ve ever seen, spread out on tables on the side lawn (you know church ladies can cook!), then followed by an afternoon service with guests from neighboring country churches coming to eat, sing, and fellowship with our little congregation.

These days, the church stands empty 364 days a year, but we still have a small Homecoming service on the fourth Sunday in August. All the folks who grew up in and around this church that are still able, show up. So many of the congregation that was attending when we were small have passed on, so I’m glad that there are even a few that still attend. This year, we had 27 in attendance. We lost one member right after last year’s Homecoming, so it was sad to not have him and his family there any more. And my cousin that used to do the bookkeeping for the church was unable to attend this year — we missed her, too.

The building is still holding up quite well. My sister and my dad take care of it pretty good. The bathrooms are old-fashioned outhouses out back — yes, the ones with the wooden benches with holes in them! My dad was really proud of himself for getting them cleaned out for this year’s Homecoming. They get lots of wasp nests in them!

It looks like the sign could be repainted. I can’t even count how many times that sign has been replaced over the years!

Ron Smith and his wife, Janet, always host the event for us. Ron leads the service and the singing, and Janet (in the middle), and Debbie on the guitar, perform special numbers for us every year. Without them, I don’t think Homecoming would be much of an event.

There’s a piano, but we can’t use it because it’s so out of tune, and we don’t pay to have it tuned, because the humidity would only make it unusable again right away, and since we only meet once a year, we just don’t bother.

Jerry and Margie, sisters from the area, attend just about every year. Their parents used to be members here, and I have such fond memories of all of them. (They’re quilters, too!) That’s my Daddy in the background that they were talking to.

And this lady right here . . . this dear, dear woman . . . Mary Ann Teter Jenkins . . . SHE is the lady that introduced my parents to each other, way back on December 11, 1951.

If not for her, I would probably not be sitting here writing all this! Isn’t that a crazy thought?

My sister and I asked her how she’s getting along, and she answered: “I ain’t worth a shit these days!” Oh, how I love her! Haha!

So Homecoming is once again over, until the fourth Sunday in August next year. I know we can’t go back to having it like it was in the “good ol’ days”, but I’m glad that we’re still having it at all. The little country churches are going by the wayside, so it’s always good to see one that is still being kept up and used, even if only once a year.

Let’s get this show back on the road, shall we? I’m sorry I dropped off the map for awhile. I had several large deadlines looming all at once (one of which was these quilts and writing the pattern for them), and I had to concentrate on those. This has really been nagging at me, too — I’m anxious to see my projects finished! And you probably are, too.

I’ve updated the schedule HERE for the remainder of the quilt-along, and I’m seriously hoping nothing else derails me. We need to be done in time for Christmas, don’t we? What this means is that the ornaments will be coming out a bit closer together from now till the end, instead of the three-week gaps I started with.

If you’re just joining in on The Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along, you can click HERE to get started. All the related links are also in the sidebar to the right.

So here we go with Ornament #7!

Here’s the embroidery version:

Very soft colors this time. As usual, I show you what stitches and colors I used where in the pattern, but it’s only a guideline. Feel free to do your own thing!

Here’s my appliqué version for the throw quilt option:

I used a bold print and fussy cut my ornament body from it, and in keeping with my rick rack theme, I used rick rack for my stripes. With the fabric doing all the work for me, I didn’t need to add the embroidery embellishment to this one!

Here’s my appliqué version for the wall quilt option:

This ornament is another one in which you can either piece the body, or make it all appliqué; the choice is yours. Both methods are given, and you can choose the one you think is better for your situation.

Have fun making them all your own!

The pattern is available as a PDF instant download in Hazel’s Mercantile for $1.75. The pattern has all the instructions for all the versions of the ornament shown above, along with full-size templates, piecing instructions, appliqué tips, the embroidery stitch chart with colors, placement information, and anything else I could think of to include. It’s ready for download, so you can get started right away!

As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’ll be happy to answer!

Ornament #8 comes out on September 10th.

Happy Stitching!

On this day 62 years ago, Ralph Lloyd Jones, Hazel’s uncle, was taking his family out to the Macon lake to celebrate his oldest daughter’s birthday. Shirley Jones was turning 20 years old on this day.

In the car was the entire Jones family: Ralph and his wife, Ruth, their three children, Shirley, Margaret, and Ralph, Jr., and also my mother, Hazel. (Ruth Jones is Hazel’s aunt, Mildred’s sister.)

The Jones family lived north of Bevier, just north of Ruth’s parents, out in the country. They had a cake and were carrying along birthday party provisions, including a knife with which to cut the cake.

Ralph, Jr., Shirley, and Margaret Jones

As they approached the turn-off to the lake, Ralph made the fatal mistake of turning left, from the wrong lane, into the path of a tanker semi that was trying to pass them.

The tanker broadsided the Jones vehicle, killing Ralph instantly, and injuring his five passengers, though not critically, thank goodness. This was well before the time of required seatbelts in vehicles. The knife meant for cutting the cake was responsible for some of the injuries, as it flew around on impact. Ralph was only 46 years old.

The next day, the local paper had three large photos of the accident on the front page, along with this article:

Ralph L. Jones of Bevier Dies in Collision Here

Ralph Lloyd Jones, 46, of Bevier was killed instantly, the Patrol said, when the car which he was driving was involved in an accident with a gasoline transport. The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. yesterday in front of the Bowzer Service Station on Route 36 west of Macon.

Jones, driving a ’49 model sedan was east bound and attempted a left turn off the highway in front of the gasoline transport, driven by Arbie Hogan of Kennett, Mo., which was trying to pass. The truck apparently hit the Jones car in the side, the Patrol said.

Mrs. Ruth Jones, Mrs. Hazel Pagliai, Miss Shirley Jones, Miss Margaret Jones, and Ralph Jones, Jr., were all passengers in the Jones car, and were all taken to  . . . . (this part of the article is illegible — it’s a really old newspaper!) . . . the Edwards Funeral Home in Bevier, where it will remain until  . . . . (another illegible part) . . .

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow at the First Baptist Church in Bevier, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Esra Coppin. Burial will be in the Richardsdale Cemetery.

Mr. Jones was born Feb. 11, 1911, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Jones of North Bevier.

He was married to Miss Ruth Rector of Bevier, who survives. In addition to his wife he leaves three children, Shirley of Macon and Margaret and Ralph Lloyd, Jr., both of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Thomas of New Cambria and Miss Jennie Jones of Bevier; and five brothers, Daniel E. of Moline, Ill., Dewey of Brookfield, and David L., George R., and Thomas W., all of Bevier.

It’s so sad and tragic when a silly mistake ends a life, and changes the course of so many other lives. And still, it could have been so much worse.

And to have your birthday permanently marked with such a tragic event would make it hard to celebrate in future years. Poor Shirley.

Ruth did eventually remarry; I’m not sure exactly how much later, and the man she married was Dale’s uncle, Alexander Louis Britt! Alex was a barber and a painter (as in house painting), and they lived in a little house in Macon before moving to a different neighborhood in Macon upon Alex’s retirement.

Today, the scene of the accident looks like this:

Exits have been changed to make driving safer, and local traffic is routed on outer roads to avoid the highway altogether. Left turns, from any lane, are no longer allowed in this area.

I’m still running a bit behind, but getting closer to being caught up! I’m here today with Vintage Christmas Ornament #6. That means we’re halfway through already! Woohoo!

If you’re just joining in on The Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along, you can click HERE to get started. All the related links are also in the sidebar to the right.

So here we go with Ornament #6!

Here’s the embroidery version:

As usual, I show you what stitches and colors I used where in the pattern, but it’s only a guideline. Feel free to do your own thing!

This is the first embroidered ornament on which I did not choose to do a fill in the open areas. I’m trying to decide if I like it that way. For now, I’m leaving it as is, but once I get the rest of the ornaments in place, I may decide to go back and add in some more stitching. Time will tell!

Here’s my appliqué version for the throw quilt option:

I left the stripes off of the Ornament #6 appliqué version, but I wanted to keep my rickrack theme going, so I added one stripe on this version, just so I could still use some rickrack to tie them all together.

And for my medallion piece, I used a metallic fabric and did not add the embroidered embellishment in the center. The jury is still out on that decision, too — I may yet add the stitching if I decide it needs it.

Also, on this version, notice that the tail of the ornament is all one piece. This is a more simplified version of the pattern that you can choose to do, or you can do them all separately, as shown on the next version . . .

Here’s my appliqué version for the wall quilt option:

This version shows the tail pieces all appliquéd down separately. Also, no stripes on this one!

For my medallion piece, I fussy cut a large polka dot, then embroidered the star design on top of it. So for my little bauble piece at the top, I also fussy cut another polka dot to coordinate, which made it rounded instead of square — just one more option for you!

Have fun making them all your own!

The pattern is available as a PDF instant download in Hazel’s Mercantile for $1.75. The pattern has all the instructions for all the versions of the ornament shown above, along with full-size templates, piecing instructions, appliqué tips, the embroidery stitch chart with colors, placement information, and anything else I could think of to include. It’s ready for download, so you can get started right away!

As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’ll be happy to answer!

Now that we’re at the halfway point, here’s a couple shots of all my ornaments together. The stitchery version:

And the throw quilt version:

I think I’m finally gonna get back on schedule! Ornament #7 comes out on July 2nd.

Happy Stitching!

Give-Away!

I promised some give-aways during the quilt-alongs, and the Virginia’s Puzzle Quilt-Along is pretty much over, and I haven’t done it yet, so let’s get this show back on the road!

I must confess I recently hit a big slump, in which I couldn’t bring myself to sew or quilt, or pretty much even get out of my chair. But even in my chair, I’m not one to sit still, so I did manage to work on a bit of handwork. I just couldn’t make myself do any of the stuff I needed to do! I hate when that happens.

So this week, I’ve been forcing myself to get up and get at it, and try to get my sewjo back. It’s been tough. I always know it’s bad, when I’d rather clean the bathroom and do the laundry than go into my studio!

Does this ever happen to you? I think I burnt out a bit before the trade show, and when I got back home, the list of to-dos was just so overwhelming, I wanted to escape it somehow. I’ve given myself a good talking to, tho, so I hope I’m on the mend.

And about the list, it helped me to go over it and break it down into the tiniest of baby steps, and only put the first few steps on my daily list, so that I can at least feel like I’m getting some things checked off. If you have any other tips for how to end a slump, they’re most welcome!

And now, for the give-away . . .

The little red diary that started this whole thing, the one my mother used, was a little 5-year line a day diary (you can see it HERE).

They still make these, and they’re cuter than ever! So I got one to give away to one lucky reader:

Maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own little diary, and someday far into the future, your child will make it public in a blog and write a book about it!

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. You do not have to be a participant in either of the quilt-alongs to enter, just anyone who drops by to read can have a chance.

I’ll draw for a winner on Tuesday, June 11th.

UPDATE: The winner of the diary is Sue Hook. Congratulations, Sue! And thanks to all of you for playing along.

Late again, but I’m really hoping to get back on track real soon!

If you’re just joining in on The Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along, you can click HERE to get started. All the related links are also in the sidebar to the right.

So here we go with Ornament #5!

Here’s the embroidery version:

As usual, I show you what stitches and colors I used where in the pattern, but it’s only a guideline. Feel free to do your own thing!

Here’s my appliqué version for the throw quilt option:

Just like on my previous ornaments for this version, I made my stripes out of rickrack, to keep my rickrack theme going!

Here’s my appliqué version for the wall quilt option. I’m showing you yet another method for attaching the stripes with this one. I like to give you plenty of options for doing things, cos my grandma always said: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat!”

So yeah, still lots of options here, so have fun making them all your own!

The pattern is available as a PDF instant download in Hazel’s Mercantile for $1.75. The pattern has all the instructions for all the versions of the ornament shown above, along with full-size templates, piecing instructions, appliqué tips, the embroidery stitch chart with colors, placement information, and anything else I could think of to include. It’s ready for download, so you can get started right away!

As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’ll be happy to answer!

I’m gonna try to get myself pulled back together, so that Ornament #6 can still make its debut on June 11th, which is just a week away!

Happy Stitching!