Hazel’s Diary Quilt: Domestic Bliss (Block 8)

Domestic Bliss, Block 8 of Hazel’s Diary Quilt is finished. I followed designer Shelly Pagliai’s instructions for making the block but changed her appliqué design in order to preserve the fussy cut images in the large dark triangles. I also enlarged the two hearts in the center and changed their orientation slightly. You’ll see what I mean when you look at Shelly’s original block:

I’m happy with the how my block turned out but I really struggled with the appliqué on the four outer hearts. I can see that one of the hearts has a couple of little points where there should be only curves. At first I thought it was fine but the more I look at it the more I know it has to be replaced. The fabric is a Michael Miller Fairy Frost and I’m wondering if the slightly metallic finish makes it harder to needleturn the fabric.

For now, Domestic Bliss is up on my design wall with the other six blocks I’ve made so far:

That’s not the final setting; I just put the blocks up in the order they were made. Two more blocks to go and then I will add white sashing strips and a red scalloped border — needleturned! — around each one.

I look at Shelly’s marvelous quilt . . .

. . . and dream about mine.




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9 Responses to Hazel’s Diary Quilt: Domestic Bliss (Block 8)

  1. Melody says:

    It’s really going to be beautiful! I love the bright color, but the generous white space both emphasizes the color and keeps it under control. Beautiful work!

  2. Vickie says:

    Love, love, love the green appliqued hearts.

  3. Reigh Hays says:

    This is shaping up to be my favorite!

  4. Arrowhead Gramma says:

    Love your changes from the original design. Gives the block a little more “personality.” Yes, the metallic fabric would make the needle turn more difficult as it is generally a little stiffer than regular quilting cottons.

  5. Diane says:

    Oh, it will be SO stunning!! Call me goofy, but it struck me that a button or something else on the little green heart in the center of your latest block, which of course would be off-center, appeals to my sense of whimsy. Just a thought. 😉

  6. Colleen says:

    Wow! Stunning. And I think you are waaaaaay too hard on yourself re: the hearts. Nobody else can see a problem with them. But I do know you ;D. Won’t be surprised at all if you change them. It’s a beautiful block. And I love Diane’s and your idea for a button. A heart shaped button!

  7. Juliana Cerra says:

    Charming! And I agree about the hearts – they are lovely as they are showing the characteristics of the fabric.

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