Our very own, Shelly Pagliai, was our featured speaker for October. Her program was based on her recently published quilt book, “A Simple Life”. (To purchase the book or to find out some behind-the-scenes info, go to Shelly’s website.)
“The Life of Hazel Ilene,” is based on Shelly’s grandmother, Hazel. Hazel was born in 1936 and grew up in the Callao, Missouri, area. In 1950, she was given a Christmas gift of a little red diary. She began writing in it in 1951 and faithfully continued keeping the diary until the day she was married. Shelly has brought these stories and the history of the 1950’s to life through photos, recipes, diary excerpts, news clippings, and more.
Shelly designed a quilt, called “Hazel’s Diary,” and those designs were published in the Kansas City Star as the “Block of the Month” from January 2015 through December 2015. “Hazel’s Diary” was made to reflect the simple life and times of the 1950’s. Each block, backed by the red “frame”, is reminiscent of a pretty little hankie, with its scalloped edges.
More of Shelly’s beautiful quilts are shown below.