I have a very special announcement to make today.
Hazel would have been 79 years old today, and at the time she wrote all these diary entries, I am sure she never imagined that they would someday be in print for all the world to see and read.
I often wonder if she would be excited and proud, or embarrassed?
I, for one, am thrilled that she made her diary an interesting read, full of information on styles, fads, local and world events, school happenings, places, people, and the trivia of rural life in the early 1950s. It’s been an amazing glimpse into what everyday life was really like back then.
I started this project with the intention of offering quilting patterns inspired by the diary — here on the blog as free quilt-alongs, as an accompanying line of patterns (coming soon), and whatever else I can dream up that comes along — so I hope you’ll stick around. There’s a lot more still to come!
The quilt designs inspired by the diary are numerous, and seem to come to me faster than I can get them turned into patterns and quilt-along projects. As you probably already know, if you’ve been here before, one of those designs is this year’s Kansas City Star Block-of-the-Month quilt. (Month 9 comes out in tomorrow’s paper!)
Earlier this year, Kansas City Star sold their book division to C&T Publishing. C&T is planning to keep the Kansas City Star line of quilting books alive and well, and I’m happy to announce that one of those quilting books is going to be some of the quilt projects that I’ve designed based on the diary!
The book is called “A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the ’50s“, and it will first and foremost feature the “Hazel’s Diary” block-of-the-month quilt, with the instructions all in one handy place:
There will be more diary-related stories and pictures, plus 8 other quilting projects with a “mid-century modern meets traditional” flair. While I’m a little bit partial, I think all the projects turned out beautifully, and I think you’ll like them, too.
If you’ll keep your eyes on the blog, I’ll be giving some sneak peeks as we get closer to a book release date, which I believe is sometime in December! EEEeeee!!
In addition to the book, there is a lot of other stuff coming up here on the blog — you won’t want to miss it: more quilt-alongs, tutorials, recipes, that line of patterns I mentioned above, and several more things I’m keeping under wraps for a bit longer — so stick around!
Sixty-one years ago today, Hazel Ilene Hyde turned 18, and she’s getting married to the love of her life in exactly two weeks. Stay tuned . . .
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