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Today is Row G day! This is the last row. Are you all caught up? Because next week we do the assembly . . . so exciting!

Here we go with Row G . . .

All seams are 1/4″. Press seams toward the darkest fabric. If you find the diagrams difficult to read, you can click on them to make them larger.

Remember to double check that you’ve done each row correctly by folding your finished row in half, end to end — the two halves will mirror each other, since every row is symmetrical. If not, then something is wrong, and you can fix it before moving on.

I’m giving you the number of pieces you need to make one row, then in parentheses, I’m giving you the total amount of pieces you will need to make all of the rows you need of each type. Also, since all the pieces are 2 1/2″ wide, I’m only referring to them by length.

Follow the instructions for the version you’re making: traditional or modern.

For the Traditional version, Row G (make 6):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (36)
2 1/2″ squares: 2 (12)

Red:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (24)
2 1/2″ squares: 1 (6)

Black:
2 1/2″ squares: 4 (24)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 6 of Row G. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Modern version, Row G (make 6):

Here are the pieces you will need (remember to mix them all up for a scrappy look):

Background:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (36)
2 1/2″ squares: 2 (12)

Prints:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (24)
2 1/2″ squares: 5 (30)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 6 of Row G. Use your labels to label these rows.

And you’re done with all the rows! The assembly instructions are next, and will be posted on May 16th — we’re so close to the end!!

Happy Stitching!

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Have I ever mentioned what a terrible judge I am of how long I think something is going to take me to get done? Well, this right here is evidence . . . I’m 9 days late with Vintage Christmas Ornament #4, but finally, it’s here!

If you’re just joining in on The Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along, you can click HERE to get started. All the related links are also in the sidebar to the right.

This ornament is pretty basic, but that gives you lots of room for decorating it up however you wish!

Here’s the embroidery version:

As usual, I show you what stitches and colors I used where in the pattern, but it’s only a guideline. And while I freehand stitched that grid in the middle section of mine, I took the time to draw it out on the actual pattern so you don’t have to freehand stitch yours. It’s much easier when it’s marked — trust me!

Here’s my appliqué version for the throw quilt option:

In keeping with my rickrack theme I have going on, I made my small stripes out of rickrack, and my large middle stripe is a piece of velvet ribbon!

Here’s my appliqué version for the wall quilt option. Can you tell I’m a sucker for polka dots?

And for ornament #4, I’m providing a fourth example, where the ornament body is pieced before being appliquéd down, to eliminate some of the appliqué, if you like that idea better. And I used rickrack for a hanging string, to see how that would work. Also, I wanted to try a white ornament, so I put this one on a print background so it would show up!

Once again, lots of options, and I encourage you to have fun making them all your own!

The pattern is available as a PDF instant download in Hazel’s Mercantile for the bargain price of $1.75. While you may not really need a pattern for this one, since it’s basically just round, the pattern does have all the instructions for all the versions of the ornament shown above, along with full-size templates, piecing instructions, appliqué tips, the embroidery stitch chart with colors, placement information, and anything else I could think of to include. It’s ready for download, so you can get started right away!

As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’ll be happy to answer!

Happy Stitching!

We’re ready for Row F today. There are two versions of Row F for the traditional version, but it’s not hard, so never fear. I’m calling them Row F1 and Row F2 — you know, just to be all logical and stuff!

Here we go . . .

All seams are 1/4″. Press seams toward the darkest fabric. If you find the diagrams difficult to read, you can click on them to make them larger.

Remember to double check that you’ve done each row correctly by folding your finished row in half, end to end — the two halves will mirror each other, since every row is symmetrical. If not, then something is wrong, and you can fix it before moving on.

I’m giving you the number of pieces you need to make one row, then in parentheses, I’m giving you the total amount of pieces you will need to make all of the rows you need of each type. Also, since all the pieces are 2 1/2″ wide, I’m only referring to them by length.

Follow the instructions for the version you’re making: traditional or modern.

For the Traditional version, Row F1 (make 4):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 1 (4)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (16)

Red:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (8)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (8)

Black:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (8)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 4 of Row F1. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Traditional version, Row F2 (make 3):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 1 (3)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (12)

Red:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (6)

Black:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (6)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (6)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 3 of Row F2. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Modern version, Row F (make 7):

Here are the pieces you will need (remember to mix them all up for a scrappy look):

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 1 (7)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (28)

Prints:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (28)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (14)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 7 of Row F. Use your labels to label these rows.

That’s it for Row F! See you on May 9th for the next row — Happy Stitching!

If you’re all caught up, then you’re past the halfway point — woohoo! See, I told you this was gonna be easy!

Ready for Row E today? This set of rows has more pieces, so pay special attention that you’re getting the right pieces in the right positions.

Here we go again . . .

All seams are 1/4″. Press seams toward the darkest fabric. If you find the diagrams difficult to read, you can click on them to make them larger.

Remember to double check that you’ve done each row correctly by folding your finished row in half, end to end — the two halves will mirror each other, since every row is symmetrical. If not, then something is wrong, and you can fix it before moving on.

I’m giving you the number of pieces you need to make one row, then in parentheses, I’m giving you the total amount of pieces you will need to make all of the rows you need of each type. Also, since all the pieces are 2 1/2″ wide, I’m only referring to them by length.

Follow the instructions for the version you’re making: traditional or modern.

For the Traditional version, Row E (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 5 (40)
2 1/2″ squares: 4 (32)

Red:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (48)

Black:
2 1/2″ squares: 2 (16)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row E. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Modern version, Row E (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need (remember to mix them all up for a scrappy look):

Background:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 5 (40)
2 1/2″ squares: 4 (32)

Prints:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (48)
2 1/2″ squares: 2 (16)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row E. Use your labels to label these rows.

And you’re done with Row E! The next set of instructions will be posted on May 2nd — Happy Stitching!

We’re up to Row D already! Are you staying caught up? Last time was a bit more sewing than the first two rows, and again this time, we’ll be making 8 more rows for our quilts. And I’m starting to sound repetitious, but that’s because this quilt is so easy! And you’re getting the hang of it by now, right?

All seams are 1/4″. Press seams toward the darkest fabric. If you find the diagrams difficult to read, you can click on them to make them larger.

Remember to double check that you’ve done each row correctly by folding your finished row in half, end to end — the two halves will mirror each other, since every row is symmetrical. If not, then something is wrong, and it’s best to fix it before you go any further.

I’m giving you the number of pieces you need to make one row, then in parentheses, I’m giving you the total amount of pieces you will need to make all of the rows you need of each type. Also, since all the pieces are 2 1/2″ wide, I’m only referring to them by length.

Follow the instructions for the version you’re making: traditional or modern.

For the Traditional version, Row D (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
2 1/2″ squares: 1 (8)

Red:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (48)

Black:
No black pieces are needed this time.

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row D. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Modern version, Row D (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need (remember to mix them all up for a scrappy look):

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
2 1/2″ squares: 1 (8)

Prints:
4 1/2″ rectangles: 6 (48)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row D. Use your labels to label these rows.

And that’s it for Row D! We’re at the halfway point! The instructions for the next row are scheduled for April 25th — Happy Stitching!

While I was only 6 years old when my mother passed away, I can still remember things she and I did together (thankfully).

One of those things was baking. In her kitchen, Hazel had a table and chairs similar to this (which is why, to this day, I still have a mostly red kitchen):

I had a little red polka dot apron, and she would put it on me, and stand me on a chair at the table (I was probably only 3 or 4 years old at the time), and I would get to help her mix up the brownie batter. Then I got to lick the bowl when we were finished!

And when Daddy came home from work, I was always so proud and excited to show him what I had made, as if I had done it all by myself!

While the brownies were cooling, she would set me down and put me to work on embroidering a tea towel. My first memories of sewing — doing cross-stitch (very poorly and crudely) of a cute little puppy stamped on a flour sack towel. I guess she realized if she kept me busy, I was less trouble! Haha!

My big brother, Gary, was in school, and my baby brother, Darin, must have been napping!

This is the brownie recipe we used, adapted a little from her trusty Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, and Mama always frosted them with Mocha Frosting, which made me like them much better. These brownies are more cake-like than dense, which I also prefer, since I’m not really a chocoholic.

Hazel’s Favorite Brownies

1/2 cup Crisco
2 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnut pieces

Melt Crisco and chocolate together over hot water. (Do not do this step in a microwave — it does not work the same!)

Beat eggs until light; then stir in sugar. Add the chocolate mixture, and blend.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together; add this to the chocolate mixture, and mix well.

Stir in vanilla and walnuts.

Pour batter into a greased 8″ x 8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool, then frost with Mocha Frosting.

Mocha Frosting

3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons hot coffee
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Combine cocoa and coffee; add butter and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar gradually, until frosting is of spreading consistency.

(This frosting is also great on cake! Yummy!!)

Are you ready for Row C? We have a bit more work to do this time!

So here we go . . .

All seams are 1/4″. Press seams toward the darkest fabric. If you find the diagrams difficult to read, you can click on them to make them larger.

As with all the rows, you can double check that you’ve done each row correctly by folding your finished row in half, end to end — the two halves will mirror each other, since every row is symmetrical. If not, then something is wrong, and it’s best to fix it before you go any further.

I’m giving you the number of pieces you need to make one row, then in parentheses, I’m giving you the total amount of pieces you will need to make all of the rows you need of each type. Also, since all the pieces are 2 1/2″ wide, I’m only referring to them by length.

Follow the instructions for the version you’re making: traditional or modern.

For the Traditional version, Row C (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need:

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (32)

Red:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 1 (8)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (32)

Black:
No black pieces are needed this time.

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row C. Use your labels to label these rows.

For the Modern version, Row C (make 8):

Here are the pieces you will need (remember to mix them all up for a scrappy look):

Background:
10 1/2″ rectangles: 2 (16)
6 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (32)

Prints:
6 1/2″ rectangles: 1 (8)
4 1/2″ rectangles: 4 (32)

Follow this diagram, and join the pieces together, sewing them end to end. (In the diagram, the numbers indicate the finished size of each patch.) This row should measure 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″.

Make 8 of Row C. Use your labels to label these rows.

That’s it for Row C. The instructions for the next row will be published on April 18th — Happy Stitching!