We’re just past the midpoint of “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: Block 7, “Aunt Ruby’s Choice”
Hazel’s story continues with these diary entries:
March 4, 1953
Didn’t go to school today cause of snow. Judy called tonite & Donna called me at noon. Joseph Stalin, leader of communism in Russia, is about to die. Mom & Dad go to bed with the chicks any more.
March 5, 1953
Stalin died today about 12:30. Dale came up tonite & we went to show at Macon. Saw Della & Harold. Also Damon, Tooter & Mardella Givens. Stopped at Minnies for cup of coffee on way home. Worked on files in office this morn.
Spring has finally arrived, and Dale takes Hazel to the opening night of a new drive-in.
The end of her junior year of high school sees Hazel learning to drive, wrapping up school activities and socializing with friends.
April 3, 1953
Dale came up tonite & we went to opening nite of drive-in. I like it. Also stopped by Minnies. He does have his crew-cut. I just love it. I drove home on our road. He doesn’t want me to be a nurse.
April 23, 1953
Last nite of our play. Went off pretty good. Afterwards us (play) kids all went to the Moonwinx & danced. I danced with Bill, Leroy, Bernard, & Donna. I rode with Annette, Donna & Opal. The floor was really slick. Had lots of fun. Its 11:15 now.
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, which tells the story of her mother, Hazel Ilene Hyde.
PART 7, “AUNT RUBY’S CHOICE”
Block size: 18 inches finished
1 (12-inch by 14-inch) rectangle and 1 strip (8-inch by WOF) white background fabric
1 (1/2-inch by 9 1/2-inch) rectangle red print
1 (10-inch) square black and yellow print
1 (4 1/2-inch by 9-inch) rectangle solid yellow
1 (5-inch) square green print
1 (6-inch) square black print
1 (3-inch) square red and white dot
1 (20-inch) square red solid
For the pieced block:
From white background, cut:
2 (4 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 4 triangles. (A1)
1 (3 3/8-inch) square (A2)
4 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 8 triangles. (A3)
4 (2 1/2-inch) squares (A4)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 12 1/2-inch) rectangles (A5)
2 (3 1/2-inch by 18 1/2-inch) rectangles (A6)
From red print, cut:
6 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 12 triangles. (B1)
From black/yellow print, cut:
4 (2 7/8-inch) squares. Cut the squares in half once on the diagonal to make a total of 8 triangles. (C1)
8 (1 7/8-inch) squares (C2)
From yellow solid, cut:
8 (1 7/8-inch) squares (D1)
For the appliqué elements:
From green print, cut:
4 of template A
From black print, cut:
1 each of templates B, C, D, E and F
From red/white dot, cut:
1 of template G. (I fussy cut mine with a red dot centered in the white.)
From red solid, cut:
1 block frame using the template available at hazelsdiary.wordpress.com
Sew a B1 triangle to two opposite sides of the A2 background square. Press seams toward the triangles. Sew the two remaining B1 triangles to the other two sides of the square, again pressing seams toward the triangles. This unit should measure 41/2 inches square. See Fig. 1.
Sew the C2 squares to the D1 squares in pairs. Press seams toward the darker fabric. Make 8 pairs. Sew the pairs together into 4-patches as shown. Press seams to one side. Make 4. See Fig. 2.
Sew two B1 triangles to two adjoining sides of a 4-patch, making sure to have the 4-patch turned as shown. Press seams toward the triangles. Sew two A3 triangles to the other two sides of the 4-patch, again pressing seams toward the triangles. Make 4. The units should measure 41/2 square. See Fig. 3.
Sew the short side of a C1 triangle to one side of an A4 square as shown. Press the seam toward the triangle. Sew another C1 triangle to the adjoining side of the A4 square to make the unit into a larger triangle. Press seam toward the triangle. Then sew an A1 triangle to this unit to make a larger square. Press seam toward the triangle. This unit should measure 41/2. Make 4. See Fig. 4.
Lay all the units out in rows as shown, making sure you have them turned correctly. See Fig. 5.
Join the units into rows.
Join the rows to complete the block. It should measure 121/2 inches.
Sew the A5 strips to two opposite sides of the block. Press seams toward the strips.
Sew the A6 strips to the two remaining sides. Press seams toward the strips.
It should now measure 181/2 inches. See Fig. 6.
Look for Block 8 of “Hazel’s Diary” in H+H on Aug. 16.
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.