The Life of Hazel Ilene is a day-by-day transcription of the diary of a 1950’s rural farm girl, who eventually became my mother. In honor of Hazel’s talents as an accomplished seamstress (who also made a few quilts in her time), I started this blog so that I could share the diary, and also use it as a teaching platform for quilting.
Since the blog began, I’ve been hosting periodic online quilt-alongs, sprinkled with extra tutorials and bonus projects. You can read about the various quilt-alongs in reverse chronological order below. Links to the still-published quilt-alongs are in the sidebar. A line of patterns is coming soon!
The book, A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the ’50s is now available! Click HERE for more information and to purchase your copy.
The Canning Season Quilt-Along, which featured a quilt that didn’t make it into the book, ran from January 30 – March 15. Links to the steps for Canning Season are in the sidebar at the right.
The next quilt-along is tentatively slated to begin in late July or early August, 2017, so check back for more information coming soon!
The 2016 Quilt-Along, called “Triangle Salad”, includes various tutorials for making and using half-square triangles, and starts HERE. I’ve also published a quick tutorial for a scrap quilt called “MixMash“, so feel free to sew along with me as I make this crazy scrap quilt!
In 2015, a quilt I designed called “Hazel’s Diary”, was chosen as the Kansas City Star Block of the Month quilt to appear in the newspaper monthly. The final installment appeared in the paper on December 20th, but the individual installments can still be purchased in my Etsy shop HERE. Or . . . you can wait for the book, which will have the entire quilt, plus 8 bonus projects, and will be available in April 2016.
I hosted a quick and easy Quilt-Along, called the Happy and Scrappy Quilt-Along. Find it HERE.
I sponsored two quilt-alongs. The first, Bouquets for Hazel, an applique quilt, began January 9, 2012, and ran for 6 months. The second quilt-along, Hazel’s Summer Wildflowers, an embroidered quilt, began on July 15, 2012, and included several bonus projects and tutorials along the way.
The first quilt along, Hazel’s Stars, was presented in two size options, as a mystery quilt. Each day’s diary entry was followed by instructions for making quilt blocks, one step a day. If you followed along every day, by the end of the year you had a completed quilt top. Those instructions are being made into a pattern that will be available soon.
To read the diary entries, start HERE. Or use the Archives pop-up menu in the sidebar to go to a specific time period.
The blog has other information related to the diary entries as well. Categories include People, Places, Things, Historical Events (by year), Patterns, Recipes, and more. If you have a question at any time about anything, just leave me a comment.
I hope you enjoy following this blog, taking a peek back into the early 1950’s, and have fun making a beautiful quilt or two along the way.