It’s time for Block 4 of “Hazel’s Diary,” a 1950s-style quilt with appliquéd wildflowers over pieced blocks. This year’s quilt is inspired by real diary entries written by a Missouri farm girl.
On Christmas Eve 1950, teenager Hazel Hyde received a little red five-year diary from her parents. She faithfully wrote in the book every day for the next few years.
Today: Part 4, “Coal Miner’s Granddaughter.”
The Hyde family lived halfway between the small Missouri towns of Bevier and Callao. By the early 1950s, coal mining was the big industry in the area.
It was Hazel’s great-great-grandfather, Alex Rector, who in 1860 discovered coal just west of town, while digging a well for a farmer.
The discovery spawned an industry that changed the area forever. Bevier’s mining district became the greatest in the state. The industry brought in people from all over who wanted to make a living working in the mines.
Hazel, meanwhile, was busy living a normal teenager’s life, daydreaming about a boy:
Jan. 5, 1952
Dave & Ruth came up tonite. I got a letter from Jerry today. Wrote to him, Maureen & Charlotte tonite. Read some old letters, plucked my eyebrows, thought about Dale, & ate doughnuts & apples.
And being mad at her brothers:
Feb. 18, 1952
I’m so mad I could bust. Donald & Larry are the biggest old tattletales. Mom was mad at me tonite. I’ll be glad when school is out & I’m going to leave this darn hole.
And getting her first high heels:
March 29, 1952
Me, Mom & boys went to Moberly with Ruby & Babs this afternoon. Got my first high heels. I like em. Their black trimmed in white. Got my new spring coat, too. Its pale green. We went to Daves & Ruths tonite. I’m so tired I could drop.
To read the complete transcript of the diary, including more stories and pictures, plus recipes and additional quilt patterns, visit hazelsdiary.wordpress.com. The site also has information on how to buy a PDF of this installment.
Shelly Pagliai of Wien, Mo., designed the quilt.
PART 4, ‘COAL MINER’S GRANDDAUGHTER’
Block size: 18 inches finished
1 (8-inch by 17-inch) rectangle and 1 (8-inch by WOF) strip white background fabric
1 (4-inch) square red polka dot on white
1 (6-inch by 12-inch) rectangle black and yellow print
1 (6-inch) square yellow solid
1 (7-inch) square red print No. 1
1 (5-inch by 7-inch) rectangle large green polka dot
1 (7-inch) square red print No. 2
1 (3-inch) square black print
1 (1 1/2-inch) square small green polka dot
1 (20-inch) square red solid
For the pieced block:
From white background, cut:
1 (6 1/8-inch) square (A1)
2 (4 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 4 triangles. (A2)
4 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 8 triangles. (A3)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 12 1/2-inch) strips (A4)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 18 1/2-inch) strips (A5)
From red polka dot, cut:
4 (1 3/8-inch) squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the squares with a marking pencil. (B1)
From black and yellow print, cut:
1 (5 1/4-inch) square. Cut the square in half twice on the diagonal to make 4 triangles. (C1)
4 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 8 triangles. (C2)
From yellow solid, cut:
4 (2 1/2-inch) squares (D1)
From red print No. 1, cut:
4 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 8 triangles. (E1)
For the appliqué elements:
From large green polka dot, cut:
4 pieces using template A
From red print No. 2, cut:
4 pieces using template B
From black print, cut:
1 piece using template C
From small green polka dot, cut:
1 piece using template D
From red solid, cut:
1 frame using the template available at hazelsdiary.wordpress.com
Place a red polka dot square (B1) on one corner of the A1 background square, right sides together, with the diagonal line running across the corner. Stitch on the diagonal line. Press the piece out so it forms a triangle in the corner of the square. Trim the excess fabric out from behind the triangle. Repeat on each of the remaining corners. See Fig. 1.
Sew a black/yellow C2 triangle to a solid yellow D1 square as shown. Press seam toward the triangle. Sew another C2 triangle to the adjoining side to make a larger triangle. Press seam toward the triangle. Make 4. See Fig. 2.
Sew two of these units to opposite sides of the A1 background square. Press seams away from the center. Sew the other two units to the two remaining sides of the A1 square, again pressing seams away from center. This unit should measure 8 1/2 inches. See Fig. 3.
Sew an A3 background triangle to one short side of a C1 triangle, as shown. Sew another A3 background triangle to the other short side. Press seams toward the triangles. Make 4. See Fig. 4.
Sew a red E1 triangle to each end of each of these units, making sure to turn them as shown. Press seams toward the red triangles. Make 4. See Fig. 5.
Sew these to each side of the block center. Press seams away from center. See Fig. 6.
Sew the background A2 triangles onto each corner of the block. (Make sure you’re matching the background triangle up against the red triangles, right sides together.) Press seams away from center. The block should measure 12 1/2 inches.
Sew the A4 strips to two opposite sides of the block. Press seams toward the strips.
Sew the A5 strips to the two remaining sides. Press seams toward the strips.
It should now measure 18 1/2 inches. See Fig. 7.
Refer to the placement diagram, and using your preferred method of appliqué, attach the appliqué pieces to the block in alphabetical order. The red solid block frame is attached using reverse appliqué, or can be attached using fusible web.
Look for Block 5 of “Hazel’s Diary” in H+H on May 17.