Hazel Meets Elvis

My sister, Katy Kitchen, pieced and appliquéd a couple of projects for the book. One was the quilt called Dear Diary that is an alternate version of the main quilt. If you’re looking for a different setting for your blocks that isn’t as large or involved as the Hazel’s Diary quilt, Dear Diary may be just the option you’re looking for.



Since Katy had all the patterns in her possession early because of helping me, she was doing some secret sewing behind my back the whole time!

She arrived at my house one day and flopped out the most gorgeous version of the Hazel’s Diary quilt — it took my breath away! Have I mentioned that my sister is a color genius? Well, she is — and the color way of this quilt is one of my favorites. Ever.

I took one look at it and said, “OH! That’s so ‘Hazel Meets Elvis’!” and the name stuck.


We don’t know if Hazel liked Elvis, but my sister is an over-the-top super-dedicated Elvis fan. Since our mother loved music of all kinds, and also movies, we are guessing that she was probably a major Elvis fan in her own right.

My sister visits Graceland at least once a year, and we do it when we’re already nearly there to go to the AQS Show in Paducah every spring. We just swing on down to Memphis and include that in our trip. This year, we took the quilt along, and photographed it at the gates of Graceland!

Here are a few close-up shots of it.


Check out the polka dots!


I really really love this quilt in these colors.


I did the quilting for her, using pink and black threads. It was a fun one to do!

Does this give you any ideas for making the quilt in other color schemes? The possibilities really are endless!

A Bit of a Stumble

I completely fell off the blogging bandwagon this summer. Things (meaning life) just got wildly out of control, and I haven’t had a spare minute for anything extra. When things get that hectic, it seems like the blog is an easy thing to give up on until things calm down.

My Cowboy just said to me this morning, “Interruptions are life. That’s never gonna change. You’re just gonna have to roll with it.” Easier said than done. It’s turning me into a person even I don’t wanna be around!

I have so much to tell you and show you here in this space, and I haven’t had time to put any of it together yet. Research, writing, scanning and editing pictures, computer time, sewing time — it’s all a little overwhelming and going so slowly for me right now.

Remember that quilt-along I promised back in June? Yeah. That’s still gonna happen, and I’m getting oh-so-close to starting it, so please hang in here with me and stay tuned, and we’ll get to it shortly.

I do a lot of sewing/quilting for the twice-yearly trade show for the quilting industry, called Quilt Market, and I also quilt for designers who have books and patterns in the works, and therefore very tight deadlines. But . . . I think I’m about to get caught up on all that, so I can get back to my regularly-scheduled program!

I have so many fun things planned, so stick with me, and check in to see what those are. I even have a couple new give-aways in the works!

I’m going to a workshop this weekend to learn a new-to-me technique. We can all benefit from occasionally adding a new tool to our toolboxes, can’t we? I signed up for it months ago, when I was sure I’d be all caught up and have plenty of time for it. Now that the time is here, I’m simultaneously feeling excited about learning something new, and guilty for taking the couple days off to go do it when I have so much left undone.

Next week, I’m giving my program about The Life of Hazel Ilene to my home guild, the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild, in Kirksville, Missouri. I’ll be presenting Hazel’s story, and showing all the projects from the book. If you’re in the area, you are welcome to come be our guest that evening.

It’s Wednesday, October 19th, at 6:30, at the Adair County Annex Building in Kirksville, Missouri (on north Franklin Street, one block north of the town square). Maybe I’ll see you there?

And please check back soon. I’m planning on getting things rolling along again, and you won’t want to miss anything!

I’m presenting a program about The Life of Hazel Ilene at the Macon County Historical Society Museum in Macon, Missouri, on the evening of August 1st, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

I hope you’ll join me at the museum for this presentation where I’ll be showing all the quilts from the book about The Life of Hazel Ilene, called “A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the 50s”. I’ll also be talking about the diary, and the area’s history from the early 1950s, so if you were growing up in the Macon/Bevier/Callao area around that time, I think you’ll find this program interesting, and I’d love to visit with you there (especially if you knew Hazel)!


I’ll have copies of the book for sale, and would be thrilled to autograph them for you.

If you’re interested in this area’s history, and have not visited the museum before, I think you’ll find the museum itself to be a fantastic place to visit, and a wonderful resource.


The museum is located on the south end of town, just south of the YMCA, in the Blees Annex Building, next door to the Blees Military Academy (Lakeview Towers). I hope to see you there on August 1st!

Today begins the 31st Annual Hands of Friendship Quilt Show in Kirksville, Missouri.

You can read more about it and get all the location and time details HERE.

This is our raffle quilt this year — isn’t it gorgeous?


If you’re in the Kirksville area, I hope you’ll come see the show — it’s worth the trip.

I’ll be there signing copies of my book, A Simple Life, so if you’ve been wanting one, you can get it there while doing a LOT of other fun stuff — hope to see you there!

There’s a new Quilt-Along starting here on the Hazel’s Diary blog. I wanted to start it on Monday, the 30th, but first of all, I didn’t realize it was a holiday (because I’m never quite sure what day it is), and I didn’t want to start it on a holiday (even tho I’m not sure why that matters) and secondly, My Cowboy spent several days in the hospital last week, so I didn’t get much done in the way of real work, so I’m just not ready yet.

And since I’m busy this week getting ready for my guild’s quilt show this Thursday and Friday, I’ve decided to not be too hard on myself, and just get the party started a bit later instead. It’s a free Quilt-Along — it’ll be worth waiting for!

So while you’re waiting . . .

I’m having a give-away for a copy of my book, “A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the ’50s”:


The new Quilt-Along is called Canning Season, and it’s a quilt that didn’t make it into the book, based on one of the blocks from the Hazel’s Diary quilt. You do NOT need the book to join in on the Quilt-Along, so don’t worry about that, but I, of course, think you need the book anyway, just because!

Here’s your chance to win a free copy, simply by leaving a comment on this post!

Also, to double your chances, you can visit my friend, Victoria, HERE, where she is also having a give-away for a copy of the book!

She’s making the blocks for Hazel’s Diary from her new fabric line, Mostly Manor — don’t they look cute in these fabrics?


I’ll be back soon with all the info on the Canning Season Quilt-Along, with a picture of the quilt, and the fabric requirements for making the quilt along with me. I can’t wait for you to see it, so check back soon!

I’ll draw for a winner of the book on Monday, June 6th.

UPDATE: The winner is: Sandy R. Congratulations, Sandy! I hope you love the book.

Quilt Market

International Quilt Market is later this week in Salt Lake City. It’s the twice-yearly trade show for the quilting industry, where industry professionals and quilt shop owners can go to promote their new stuff or see all the new stuff they want for their shops or businesses.

We’ll get to see all the newest fabric lines coming out, watch demos of new tools and gadgets, look at lots of new patterns and books, and get inspired. They also have an entire schedule of professional development classes that attendees can take to help them run their businesses better. It’s quite a deal!

Since my book just came out:



I’ll be at Market this time to help promote it.

I’m participating in a Schoolhouse session on Thursday at 1:20 with a couple more Kansas City Star Quilts authors.

Schoolhouse is a series of professional development presentations given in 30-minute increments all day long. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from, given by designers, authors, and industry folks — chock full of ideas for what shop owners can do with all the new products and trends that are coming out. Then the shop owners bring all those great ideas and products home to their shops for us, as quilt shop customers, to enjoy!

I’m also doing a book signing in C&T Publishing’s booth (#2141) on Saturday at 11:00.

That leaves Friday open for me to run around and see everything! And it’ll feel like running — there’s a lot to see in a short time at Market. I hope my new boots are really comfy!



If you are someone who attends Quilt Market, be sure and look me up — I’d love to meet you!

Quilt 4U

I’m doing a book signing for “A Simple Life” tomorrow (May 15th) at Quilt 4U in Columbia, Missouri.

I’ll be showing all the quilts from the book, and the shop will have copies of the book for sale, and I’ll be there to sign them for you!

It starts at 1:30, and if you’re a member of their club, it’s free — if not, admission is $5.

Their address is 908 Rain Forest Parkway, Suite E. If you’re on 763, they’re in the same little strip of shops that Jimmy John’s is in, north of town. Hope to see you there!