We’re almost halfway through “Hazel’s Diary,” our 2015 block-of-the-month quilt. This year’s project, a 1950s-style quilt with appliquéd wildflowers over pieced blocks, is inspired by real diary entries written by a Missouri farm girl.
On Christmas Eve 1950, teenager Hazel Hyde received a five-year diary from her parents. She faithfully wrote in the book every day.
Today: Part 5, “Corn and Beans and Other Things.”
Hazel’s story continues with these diary entries.
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June 11, 1952
Golly, its roasting here. Was up in the 90s today. Got 2 letters from Dale, & Mary A tonite. The sweats running off of me like water in a faucet. Korean war is still going on like always.
The Korean War began June 25, 1950, when troops from Communist-ruled North Korea invaded South Korea. Although truce talks were well underway by the summer of 1952, agreement could not be reached, so the fighting continued.
July 10, 1952
Wrote to Minnie tonite. We stayed home. I didn’t do anything but work today. The Republican Convention is going on in Chicago now. I don’t feel too awful good.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Republican presidential nominee. Part of the party’s platform was ending the Korean War.
Despite the grim national news, Hazel’s life went on as usual.
On Aug. 21, 1952, the 19th annual Bevier (Missouri) Homecoming began with a big parade downtown. The evening’s entertainment included a band concert, vocal and accordion selections, baton twirling, a girls revue and “Sky Man: America’s Greatest Flying Act — featuring death-defying thrills in mid air!”
Aug. 22, 1952
Dale came up tonite & we went to Homecoming. Won a bunch of dishes & stuff. We took his folks & Patti home, then we came back & rode the rock-o-plane & ferris wheel (Oh!) Then he brought me home. He brought me an autograph bk. from Okla. I love it. Me & Maureen played tennis at Macon today.
To read the complete transcript of the diary, 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 5, ‘CORN AND BEANS AND OTHER THINGS’
Block size: 18 inches finished
1 (17-inch) square and 1 (8-inch by WOF) strip white background fabric
1 (7-inch by 13-inch) rectangle red print
1 (7-inch by 13-inch) rectangle yellow print
1 (3-inch by 4-inch) rectangle green print
1 (6 1/2-inch) square blue print
1 (1 3/4-inch) square black print
1 (20-inch) square red solid
For the pieced block:
From white background, cut:
1 (4 1/2-inch) square (A1)
14 (2 7/8-inch) squares. (A2)
4 (2 1/2-inch) squares (A3)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 12 1/2-inch) rectangles (A4)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 18 1/2-inch) rectangles (A5)
From red print, cut:
7 (2 7/8-inch) squares (B1)
From yellow print, cut:
7 (2 7/8-inch) squares (C1)
For the appliqué elements:
From green print, cut:
2 leaves using template A
From blue print, cut:
6 petals using template B
From black print, cut:
1 circle using template C
From red solid, cut:
1 frame using the template available at hazelsdiary.wordpress.com
Match a red B1 square up with an A2 background square, right sides together. Draw a line from corner to corner once on the diagonal on the reverse side of one of the squares. Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line, then cut apart on the drawn line. Press seams toward the print fabric. You will have two units that should each measure 2 1/2 inches square. Repeat for the rest of the B1 squares, and for the C1 squares. You should have 14 of each color. See Fig. 1.
Lay out two of the B1/A2 units along with two of the C1/A2 units as shown. Sew them together into pairs, pressing seams in opposite directions. Sew the pairs together to make the unit. Make 2. See Fig. 2.
Lay out two more of the B1/A2 units along with two more of the C1/A2 units as shown (noting that the positions have switched for this set). Sew them together into pairs, pressing seams in opposite directions. Sew the pairs together to make the unit. Make 2. See Fig. 3.
Lay out three of the B1/A2 units along with an A3 background square, making sure you have them turned as shown. Sew them together into pairs, pressing seams in opposite directions. Sew the pairs together to make the unit. Make 2 using B1/A2 units, and make 2 using the C1/A2 units. See Fig. 4.
Lay all the units out, along with the A1 background square, making sure you have them in the correct positions and turned as shown. See Fig. 5.
Join the units into rows.
Join the rows to complete the block. It 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. 6.
Refer to the placement diagram and, using your preferred method of appliqué, attach the appliqué pieces to the block in alphabetical order. The appliqué pieces overlap some of the colored patches in the block. The red solid block frame is attached using reverse appliqué, or can be attached using fusible web.
Look for Block 6 of “Hazel’s Diary” in H+H on June 21.