Hazel’s Diary Quilt: Block 8, Revisited and Revised

Procrastination, thy name is Dawn!

Back in August of ’18 I finished the interior of Domestic Bliss, Block 8 of Hazel’s Diary Quilt:

Even as I moved on to other blocks in this retro sampler quilt, I knew I needed to come back to Domestic Bliss and redo the four outer hearts. I had chosen Fairy Frost fabric and found that the metallic finish made the fabric a little stiff and difficult to needleturn. In addition to the curves not being smooth, I had drawn around the templates with a silver gel pen, which showed on my finished block. No amount of dabbing with a damp Q-tip would lift the ink. I now had two good reasons to redo the hearts.

But I didn’t return to Domestic Bliss until the other eight blocks in Hazel’s Diary Quilt had received their red scalloped frames. That took the better part of four months. Finally I could put it off no longer. Off came the hearts:

I wish I could tell you that the replacements hearts went on easily. Alas, no. Over a couple weeks I probably appliquéd — and then removed — each heart at least twice. Today I managed to get the last one on to my (almost) satisfaction.

But I felt the block needed one more thing. Can you spot it?

Now I’m ready to get started on the last red scalloped frame!

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Hazel’s Diary Quilt: Block 8, Revisited and Revised

  1. Reigh says:

    So pretty! This quilt will be one of my all time favs.

  2. Arrowhead Gramma says:

    To me that little red heart is the icing on the cute. Love this block.

  3. Auntie Em says:

    Now that’s persistence! By the way, both versions look good from here.

  4. Diane says:

    What a triumph!

  5. Maxine Borosund says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Peggy and I are doing a huge appliqué project, Fiesta de la Talavera, a J. Michelle Watts pattern. I don’t know how you feel about Frixion pens, they seem to be somewhat controversial, but we have been using them to trace the design. So the marks just iron off when we’re done with the block. Somehow I never seem to be able to cover up my tracing so I’m pretty excited about them.
    I also read in Lori Kennedy’s blog that she was using good old Crayola Ultraclean washable felt tip markers. She had success washing out all of the colors except orange.
    And on the subject of Fairy Frost, lovely as it is. I once backed a quilt with it and thought I was going to hand quilt it. That idea lost appeal really fast. My “I’m not going to machine quilt this hand appliqué I poured so much love into” lasted about five stitches.

  6. Colleen says:

    Beautiful! You are getting so close to completion :). Can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

  7. Vickie Rooks says:

    Love that you are particular with every detail!

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