We just wrapped up the 7th quilt-along here on The Life of Hazel Ilene.
My sister has made her own versions of nearly every quilt-along quilt since the quilt-alongs started — sometimes more than one version!
So she and I decided that we would treat our guild to a trunk show of all the quilts we’ve made from the quilt-alongs, in hopes of inspiring some of our fellow guild members to give one (or more) of the quilt-alongs a try. They are free, after all!
Thanks to Linda K., I got pictures from the trunk show to share with you today.
The blog started back in 2010, with the diary entries beginning in 1951. With each diary entry, there was a step of a quilt, which was a mystery, and if you followed along, doing each step every day, at the end of the year, you’d have a finished quilt top. Here is the original quilt from that first quilt-along, Hazel’s Stars, made by my sister. Mine is exactly like hers.
There was also an option to make a smaller version of the quilt that year, and here’s what it looks like:
My sister also made a version in purple, for her daughter:
And a version in blues and browns for her son:
The next quilt-along came along in early 2012, and was called Bouquets for Hazel. This quilt featured appliqué, and I wrote tutorials for different methods you could use. Here’s the original of mine:
And my sister chose to do hers in a dark palette — lovely!
In late 2012, the third quilt-along began, called Hazel’s Summer Wildflowers. This time, I featured embroidery for the main blocks. Participants could choose to embroider their blocks simply, or add in lots of details like I did in mine:
There were also lots of bonus projects to go along with this quilt-along, showing other various ways to use the embroidered blocks.
My sister again chose a dark palette, creating this very dramatic version, which I love:
The quilt-along for 2014 featured a quick and easy scrap quilt called Happy and Scrappy:
In 2015, the Hazel’s Diary quilt was featured in the Kansas City Star Sunday paper monthly, so I let that serve as our quilt-along for that year. Since my original version is gone to Paducah to hang in the AQS Show this spring, my sister brought her pink and black version of the quilt along to show, which we named Hazel Meets Elvis! I love this color version a lot.
2016’s quilt-along was called Triangle Salad, and featured 5 different tutorials for making half-square triangles in all different sizes. After the tutorials were finished, we used the units we had made to make blocks and set them into this modern quilt. Here’s mine:
And here’s Katy’s, done in an all purple scheme with white background. She’s named hers The Grapes of Wrath!
And the quilt-along from early this year, called Canning Season, which we just wrapped up, also used a lot of half-square triangles. Here’s mine:
And here’s Katy’s colorful version:
I have taken down most of the instructions for the 2010 quilt-along, and will be offering the Hazel’s Stars Sampler quilts as a pattern soon. All the steps and instructions for all the other quilt-alongs are still on the blog, and still available for free. Just scroll through the sidebar at the right to get to the one you’d like to visit.
I’m planning the next quilt-along for later this year; I’m hoping August at the latest. My sister says it’s not allowed to have any half-square triangles in it! So stay tuned for more information!