Time for a Cuppa

photo of me on training walkJerry and I are going off on a bit of an adventure walking the  Camino de Santiago which is a 500 mile (800 Kilometres)  pilgrimage walk from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. It will probably take us about 5-6 weeks to walk it. Other travels involve seeing friends in the UK and Europe. We will be away a good few months.

I can’t guarantee that I can get to your emails or messages as quickly as I normally do. I’ve closed the online shop and will be re-opening the store in the first week in December.

Take a Stitch Tuesday  (TAST)  will continue with prewritten posts scheduled to be published each Tuesday. When I can I will be checking out what people do , as love seeing some of the inventive ways the stitches are used.

As I travel  I will share textile related adventures on Pintangle. I am travelling in Holland, France, the UK, and Basque country in Spain who all have amazing embroidery traditions. I will stay on topic (ie textiles) as I think that although people say they want holiday photos they are being polite.

In a minute Ago has been relaunched as a blog about journaling and journal techniques. If you are wanting more of my travels and travel sketches I will share them on the new re-launched In a Minute Ago.  Jerry who is far better travel writer than I am,  will sharing his photos and trip experiences on his blog  The FogWatch. All of the blogs have a ‘follow’ function so you can get email updates delivered to your inbox as they are published.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 95Crazy quilt block 95 is weird mix of stuff! As readers know when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use my stuff on it since it is a Y2K quilt not only was I drawing from stash but I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.

So… some blocks like this one were a challenge. That said it was on blocks like this that I learnt the most. By this stage of the process I was using anything that would make up a block so that piece 4 is Elastic lace used in underwear construction in order to stabilise it I backed it with cotton. I guess no on can accuse me of being a fabric snob.

As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version of the block.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 95 Fabric content:

Piece 1: soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 2: quilters cotton
Piece 3: soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 4: Elastic lace used in underwear backed with cotton
Piece 5: soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 6: quilters cotton
Piece 7: soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 8: cotton covered with nylon lace

Item Count: 

The on going item count below represents the unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons documented this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 9
Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1818

Crazy Quilt Block 95 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 95 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 95

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 614On this patch (Piece 7) I covered the plain cotton with some nylon lace. I then embroidered these small motifs. I created them using cotton perle #5 thread to work Oyster stitch. I added some straight stitches in a Metallic thread to and then finished them off by adding a small bead.

crazy-quilt-detail-615This seam is covered with Twisted Chain Stitch worked in Rayon Ribbon Floss and then I added the black bugle beads.

crazy-quilt-detail-616This extended seam started off with a line of Buttonhole stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread, to which I added detached chain stitches that are worked in a hand dyed fine crochet  cotton. I left the space for the bagel beads and added them last. On the other side of the buttonhole I added straight stitches and Oyster stitch worked in stranded cotton floss (2 stands).

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 617Ric Rac was first attached to cover this seam, then I secured it firmly with Zig zag chain stitch. I then worked straight stitches using a hand dyed,  fine crochet cotton before adding the black seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 618Two seams can be seen in the photo above. The most noticeable consists of two lines of Detached chain stitches laced with Chenille thread.  Above the buttons is a smaller seam that  is Herringbone stitch that is laced with a second thread. Also you can see a piece of recycled jewellery that I added as charm. It is hand painted and quite delightful.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 619

These are some of the vintage buttons I used on the block.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

TAST Stitch 53

TAST Stitch 53 is Turkman Stitch. This Stitch is great for creating broad lines as once you get the hang of it you can work it quickly. Some people classify it a type of double chain stitch which since it is a bit like double chain it will hold a curve well. If you work it on even weave fabric it is a very pleasing line but you can also use it in amore freeform manner by pushing out the side of the stitch so that it creates a line that is wider and then pulling in the sides to create a thinner line. As usual I have a tutorial for Turkman stitch and hopefully it will give you few ideas.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push this stitch in a creative way and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Turkman Stitch Tutorial page with your full web address.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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TAST Stitch 52

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3
TAST Stitch 52 is Sheaf Stitch. You often see it used as a light filling stitch with single stitches spaced evenly over an area but it is an underestimated and interesting stitch. You can arrange the clusters of stitches to create patterns. I think you will be surprised. Try sketching out a few ideas on paper and you will quickly realise that you are only limited by your imagination and of course time to try out the ideas! If you use interesting threads and beads the possibilities expand further. Have fun with it, explore it a bit and I am sure you will be surprised.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Sheaf Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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