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It’s Memorial Day weekend! The official beginning of summer, right?

It’s now safe for My Cowboy to wear his white cowboy hat for the season — whew!

To help kick off your own summer in retro style, C&T Publishing is offering up my “Summer of ’51 Tablecloth” pattern for free on their blog this week.

It’s the tablecloth pattern from my book, “A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the ’50s“.

You can get the tablecloth instructions HERE, if you don’t already own the book. Or, if you’d like to own the book and have all the patterns, you can purchase it HERE.

Also, don’t forget that the quilting design pattern for the tablecloth is also available for free on the free downloads page for The Life of Hazel Ilene.

For some added entertainment, check out my interview with C&T Publishing HERE.

I’m hard at work on the next Quilt-Along that will begin later this summer, so stay tuned!


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Kitchen Towels

Here’s a quick project that you can make using the plain version of one of your embroidery blocks.

Some cute and easy kitchen towels!Kitchentowels

I used the embroidery pattern for Block 5, the plain version, in one color, for my tea towels, which you can find by clicking HERE.

Simply reduce the pattern to the size that you want (I used 50%), and trace it on to a pre-made towel, and stitch it out.PlainBlock5

I just happened to have on hand these two vintage red and white-striped towels, and they were perfect for my project. You can purchase pre-made kitchen towels in lots of styles and colors, or you can get fabric you love and make your own and then stitch on the design.

When I finally get my kitchen finished, my colors will be red and white, so I think these will go perfectly and look really cute in my new kitchen!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a finish to show you from a previous quilt-along participant, and I hope to get Block 6 posted within the week.

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July 22, 1953

Judy came out & stayed all day today We really had fun. She taught me to make earrings out of ricrack. I remodeled my bathing suit. (its real cute now) & we went to the pond & Buck sprayed water all over us. Really fun.

Apparently, her swimsuit wasn’t cute enough the way it came from the store, so she “remodeled” it. I can’t say I haven’t done the same thing with some of the items I’ve purchased over time. Have you ever brought home a garment, and then proceeded to “remodel it” for yourself?

The rickrack earrings sound cute. If you’re interested in making some, here are 3 different tutorials on various methods:

Ric Rac Rosette Earrings

Ric Rac Rosette Earrings

Easy Earrings from Rick Rack

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Introducing the alternate project for Block 3 . . . the Wildflowers Table Runner!

For this project, I used Block 3 for my center embroidered block (but you could use any one of them you prefer). Furthermore, I did my embroidery on a print fabric. I chose a floss color that would show up, yet still give it a soft, subtle look.Block3Plain

And then I turned that block into a table runner.finished

I think I need to go back and add some more quilting to the middle of it, but no sense in making all of you wait any longer. I can do that any time.

You can download the PDF file with all the instructions here: Wildflowers Table Runner.

You can find Block 3 HERE.

I’ll be back next week with Block 4. I know you’re all waiting anxiously for it. And I have to tell you, the only reason this has all taken me so long is that when we moved, I didn’t pack everything myself, and after moving twice, I lost all the pieces and parts of these projects! It took me a long time to find them, since we still haven’t really unpacked too much stuff since getting here.

Hopefully, I’ve finally gotten my act together enough to continue on, and I won’t be so delinquent in the future. Thank you all for your patience with me, and stay tuned for Block 4!

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I promised a bonus project to go along with each block, and although I’m late as usual getting this one posted, here it is — the Summer Wildflowers Wall Quilt:

This wall quilt uses the plain version of Block 1, surrounded by patchwork. It measures 30″ square when finished.

You can see that I simply used scraps from my large quilt to make my wall quilt, so I matched my embroidery thread to the fabric once again, and did it all in red.

I think it would be great done in other color schemes. I can’t wait to see what you all do with it. Please send me pictures!

For the pattern, you’ll need to download the Block 1 pattern file, which can be found HERE.

For the wall quilt instructions, click HERE to download the PDF file.

I’m planning to post Block 2 on September 1, so check back!

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I’m listening to the radio tonite – to a real good play – today was Valentines Day. I sent just a few Valentines. Got some Valentines from K.C. today. I’m thinking about Dale.

No valentine from Dale? Just thinking about him is all, I guess. Hmmm . . .

She doesn’t say what play she’s listening to. But she sure did enjoy listening to plays and operettas on the radio.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a few tidbits for you . . .

I posted the recipe for Aunt Ruby’s Special Sugar Cookies on my other blog. They’re really good. You can find the recipe here: Valentine Cookies.

And I found this picture of Hazel while digging through the picture box:So I recreated the apron she’s wearing, and wrote up the pattern for it, and I’m offering it free on my web site. You can click HERE to download it. It’s a PDF file.

My Cowboy and I went into “wild speculation” mode as to why she’s wearing this apron and standing next to the car. My guess is that she was headed to a Valentine’s party and was going to be a server or some such, therefore the reason for the cute apron. My Cowboy said: “A server? Oh . . . You mean back when women were women?” I can’t clearly remember what object I threw at him. If you’d like to toss any additional beratings his way, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to pass them along to him!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

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October 6, 1951

Ruby, Charlene, & Kids came out this afternoon and played bingo. Mom washed today. Puz was here all day. Vern & Jo went to Macon. I’m embroidery for Mrs. Pfieffer now. It’s tiresome.

Yeah, it’s one thing to sew when you want to, but totally another when you’re doing it for someone else with a deadline and all. I hope she at least got to play bingo with them.

Today I’m offering up an extra. Just in case it bothers you that Block 2 is not a star block, I’m including a bonus pattern that you can use in place of it. I included the Corn and Beans block because Hazel is a farm girl, and I wanted that block in my quilt to represent that. However, if you aren’t so inclined, feel free to download the bonus pattern and make it as a substitute for that block in your quilt (or any other block in your quilt that you don’t like).

This replacement block is presented in the 12-inch version only, so it works with Option 1, but not Option 2. You can download it here: Royal Star Bonus Block Pattern.

If you are doing Option 2, and would like to substitute a star block in place of the Corn and Beans block in your quilt, you can choose from any one of the Setting Blocks from Option 1, and just follow those instructions to have a different one. The following links will take you to pictures of the finished blocks (except for #6, which isn’t finished yet) so you can see if any of them might be something you’d want to try. The Instructions links will take you to the post where the instructions for those blocks start so that you can read forward for them.

Setting Block 1: Picture and Instructions

Setting Block 2: Picture and Instructions

Setting Block 3: Picture and Instructions

Setting Block 4: Picture and Instructions

Setting Block 5: Picture and Instructions

Setting Block 6: Instructions (no picture yet)

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