In The Works

While the daily transcript of the diary may have ended, there’s still a lot of fun things planned for the future here on the Hazel’s Diary blog, so I hope you hang around and take part in it!

Aside from the book that’s coming soon:


I’m starting a new series of short tutorials in December. I’ll announce what they’re about in a couple weeks. You’ll hopefully learn a few new techniques to add to your quilting repertoire, and end up with a cute finished quilt in the process!

I plan to share some sneak peeks of the projects that will be in the book, and give you some insider peeks of the photo shoot.

There will be recipes, interviews, more pictures and stories about Hazel and Dale, new patterns, project tutorials, and give-aways.

There’s also a couple of new quilt-alongs coming up right after the first of the year, which I think you’ll really like and want to get in on, if you’re a quilter. I’ll announce those closer to time, when I’ve gotten all the details worked out.

And I’m planning to entertain you with some old ads and articles from 1954. I think you’ll find them amusing.

And that’s not all, but I’m not telling everything all at once! So please stick around, and keep checking back often!

The Honeymoon

When Dale and Hazel left their wedding reception, they got in the car and headed south for a brief honeymoon.


They only went as far as Columbia, Missouri, just over an hour away. They stayed at the Arrowhead Motel on Hi-Way 40.


When they returned home a few days later, they settled into married life together in the little 5-room farmhouse they were renting, not far from Dale’s parents.

Dale worked for his father, and a couple other area farmers, and dabbled in some farming of his own, while Hazel, just turned 18 years old, began living her dream of being a farmer’s wife.

We’re up to Month 11 of the Hazel’s Diary quilt, this year’s Kansas City Star Block-of-the-Month.


If you’re all caught up to this point, you might be glad to know that you’re all done with the applique! We’re beginning the setting instructions this month.


This month’s installment is named after the Junior/Senior Banquet held at Hazel’s high school her senior year, the Moonlight and Roses Banquet. You can see a picture of the actual banquet invitation HERE.

This was the first banquet to be held in the new school gymnasium that was built the year before and dedicated on October 11, 1953. You can read about that HERE.

While the setting for the blocks in the Hazel’s Diary quilt may look a bit complicated, rest assured that it’s quite simple, really. In spite of its appearance, there are no partial or set-in seams at all. It’s all in the way you put it together, and this month’s installment explains how it’s done.

I used scraps from my blocks in the setting, once again mixing vintage fabrics in with 1950s reproductions and new modern fabrics.

You can get your copy in today’s Kansas City Star Sunday paper, or find the downloadable version in my Etsy Shop. To read the story from the paper online, click HERE.

Next month is the final installment, when we’ll finish the setting, and you’ll be done with your quilt top!

The Ring Box

I can hardly believe that we have the actual box that Hazel’s rings came in!

It’s pretty fancy:


I thought we had the receipt, too, but I couldn’t find it, so maybe that was just my imagination. I’m sure we’d be shocked at how little they cost, which probably seemed like a small fortune to Dale at the time!

Nineteen years old, working as a farmer, getting ready to take on a wife to support, and wanting to start a family — no pressure there!


I don’t know what the rings themselves looked like, other than from Hazel’s crude drawing and description of them from THIS POST.

I’ve got one more post planned about the wedding, and then we’ll move on. I know you’re anxious to hear all about what’s coming next, right?

Something borrowed, something blue . . .

Hazel followed all the traditional customs of the day when she got married.

While I’m not completely sure what her “something old” item was, I know her dress was new.

She borrowed a handkerchief from her mother’s good friend, Mrs. Hanan. When she was done with it, she returned it to Mrs. Hanan. Mrs. Hanan sent the handkerchief back to Mildred a couple years later with this note:


Dated Dec. 1956, it says: “Dear Mildred, I looked for you to come over this summer. Your mother don’t get out either, But I know she is awful tired. I am enclosing the kerchief Hazel carried on her wedding day. I never used it since she sent it back to me. Well all of you have a big Christmas. Love Ethel Hanan.

But we also found this box with a handkerchief in it that says it came from the June Powell Shoppe in Macon.


And Mildred put a note in with it:


Mildred’s note says: “This hanky was old and given to Hazel to use at her wedding. She then gave it to Barbara Richardson to use at her wedding. Barbara gave it to me for Katy when she needs it. It think this was given to Hazel by a dear friend of mine, Mrs. Ethel Hanan, K. C. Mo. Mildred

So there’s a little confusion over which hankie came from where, and which one she actually carried. Maybe she carried them both, for her something borrowed and something old.

For her something blue, she made herself a garter from blue satin:


The newspaper article about the wedding states, “She carried a white Bible, topped with a bouquet of white carnations and stephonatis, and a white lace trimmed handkerchief.” After the wedding, this was evidently Hazel’s daily Bible because it’s fairly worn out.


She filled in the marriage certificate page with their information:


It’s all official now!



Over the next few days, I’ll show you some of the keepsakes my sister and I have from the wedding.

On July 28, 1954, Hazel talks about going to town with her Aunt Ruby to see about things for the wedding.

I don’t know what happened to the bride and groom from the cake, but I have several of the napkins from the reception.


Their names are printed on in gold foil, and I’m sure the napkins were originally white, but after 61 years, age is showing on them.

She also mentions buying satin and lace for the ring bearer’s pillow, and she made it herself. It’s very simple — only plain satin and lace. Age is showing on it, too.


Sometimes ring bearer pillows have little ties to tie the rings on with so they don’t get lost coming down the aisle, but not this one — so little Jerry had to be extra careful to get all the way down there without losing them.

He looks like he was taking his job pretty seriously, and evidently, he never lost the rings!


The Wedding Party

I’m so lucky to have this group shot of everyone in the wedding party.


If you click on it, you can see it larger. In front, from left to right, is Patti Pagliai (Dale’s little sister), Jerry Lomonaco (the ring bearer), and Beverly House. Jerry and Beverly are Hazel’s little cousins.

From left to right in back: Unidentified, Carol Milburn, unidentified, Donna Johnson, Jane Day, Shirley Jones, Judy Anderson, Hazel, Dale, Damon Pagliai, Bob Jones, Leroy Binder, Donald Hyde, and Don Wisdom.

There are two unidentified girls in the photo, and while I’m assuming they’re “the two Nancys”, I could be wrong, so hopefully, someone can tell me who they are.

An article appeared in the paper, giving all the details of the wedding:


It reads:

Married Recently

Miss Hazel Hyde, of Callao, and Dale Pagliai, of College Mound, were married at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Baptist Church at Bevier. The Rev. Lee Lewis, pastor of the church, read the double ring marriage service before the altar decorated with baskets of white mums and white candles in tall candelabra.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hyde, of Callao, and the bridegroom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Rod Pagliai, of  College Mound.

Mrs. Alan Jones, pianist, played a prelude of nuptial music and the traditional wedding marches. She also accompanied the soloist, Miss Donna Johnson, who sang “Because” and “I Love You Truly” before the ceremony and “The Lord’s Prayer” as the benediction. Miss Johnson wore a orchid net ballerina length dress with a corsage of pink carnations while Mrs. Jones was dressed in navy blue with a red carnation corsage.

Miss Nancy Pagliai, gowned in a floor length dress of blue net, and Miss Nancy Christy, in a similar dress of green, lighted the candles. The girls, who are cousins of the bride and bridegroom, wore corsages of pink carnations.

The bride chose for her wedding a dress of white net and lace fashioned with long tapered sleeves and buttoned down the back. Her fingertip length veil of net was caught to a flower trimmed head piece. She carried a white Bible, topped with a bouquet of white carnations and stephonatis, and a white lace trimmed handkerchief.

Miss Judy Anderson, of Callao, was maid of honor and Miss Jane Day, of Callao, and Miss Shirley Jones, of Bevier, cousin of the bride, were bridesmaids. Miss (gap here — error in paper) tired in floor length dresses of yellow net and lace, while Miss Day wore aqua net. They carried colonial bouquets, Miss Anderson’s nosegay of red roses while the other two carried yellow roses.

Patti Pagliai, of College Mound, sister of the bridegroom, and Beverly House, of Kansas City, cousin of the bride, as flower girls were dressed in frocks of net and taffeta of pink and green respectively. Jerry Lamonaco, of Kansas City, cousin of the bride, was ring bearer.

Damon Pagliai, of College Mound, served his brother as best man and Donald Hyde, brother of the bride, Don Wisdom, Bob Jones and Leroy Binder, all of Callao, were ushers. All wore business suits and white carnation boutonnieres.

Mrs. Hyde chose for her daughter’s wedding a navy blue tailored suit with which she wore a corsage arrangement of red carnations. Mrs. Pagliai wore a light blue suit with a pink carnation corsage.

Immediately following the ceremony the bride’s parents entertained at a reception in the basement of the church where guests were served refreshments of cake, punch and mints. The three tiered decorated wedding cake was baked by the bride’s aunt, Mrs. Roy Spencer. Mrs. Spencer was assisted in serving by the Misses Anita Frazier, Charlotte Wisdom and Opal Smith. All wore street dresses with white carnation corsages.

Miss Carol Milburn, cousin of the bridegroom, was in charge of the guest book. She wore a ballerina length dress of pink lace and net.

For traveling Mrs. Pagliai wore a brown tweed suit with brown accessories and a white carnation corsage. After a short wedding trip the couple will be at home in College Mound where the bridegroom is engaged in farming.

The bride graduated from Callao High School last spring while Mr. Pagliai is a graduate of Macon High School with the class of 1952.

Guests from a distance who attended the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dutcher, Pueblo, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. G. A. House, Mrs. Neva Hyde, Mrs. Ethel Haan, Mrs. Michael Lomanaco, all of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Winkler and son, and Cordelia Winkler, of Huntsville, and Carl Britt, of Tulsa, Okla.

So there you have it — very simple, very sweet. Most of the girls in the wedding either used dresses they already owned, or borrowed dresses from friends, to wear in the wedding. Hazel made Patti’s dress, and she also made her own traveling suit.

I’ve got some more things to show you from the wedding over the next few days, so I hope you’ll visit again!


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