Crazy quilt block 89 Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 89Crazy Quilt Block 89 has been photographed and diagramed so here it is! I have decided to include both pattern and details together. If readers like these longer but less frequent posts let me know.

(To see a larger photo click on the image of the block.) As you can see it is a dark dramatic block. I hope you enjoy it

Here is the block diagramed out so you can see the pattern. These are the types of fabrics I used. I list these with every block because some people feel they need to have expensive fabrics to do crazy quilting. Expensive luxurious fabrics are beautiful and of course I love them but you can use any type of fabric as there are no rules as such in crazy quilting. People who say you must use natural fabrics etc limit themselves. I use a lot of recycled fabrics from after wear that are synthetic. The fabric industry and the world has has changed since the Victorian times and you can bet that the Victorians being a thrifty lot would have used what they had access to! As you can see the fabric on 6 is a Lurex  stretch knit which was a scrap from a costume I had made. I use what I have to hand and if it’s pretty that is even better!

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Satin
  • Piece 2: Cotton
  • Piece 3: Satin
  • Piece 4: Metallic after five fabric
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Lurex gold fleck knit!

Item Count: 
This quilt was made as a Y2K and I challenged myself to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons all pulled from my stash! For fun as I write this series I am tracking the  items as a way to document the quilt but also check the final count!

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 5
  • Buttons and charms: 15
  • Total items on this block: 26
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1703

Diagram for Crazy Quilt Block 89Here is the pattern for Crazy quilt block 89 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt.

Pattern for Crazy Quilt Block 89

The details on Crazy quilt block 89

Detain 581 on Crazy Quilt Block 89

The first seam detail on the block is some hand dyed lace. I used procion dyes to do this.  The seam itself is decorated with a line of Chevron stitch that has been decorated with plastic novelty beads.

Detail 582 on Crazy Quilt Block 89This seam can be a little deceptive because instead of using the black gimp braid to hide the seam I moved it up the fabric piece and placed it down the side of a brocade ribbon. I secured the black braid with straight stitches worked in a red cotton perle #5 thread. The actual seam has a line of herringbone stitch running along it.

Detail 583 on Crazy Quilt Block 89

This seam treatment is feather stitch worked in a hand dyed silk thread.

Detail 585 Crazy Quilt Block 89

The last detail is of the black braid running along the edge of the Lurex knit and button cluster.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new to this site the set of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt consists of diagonal lines of colour.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly as I was 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.

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.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Stitch 28 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

TAST2012logoTake a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 28 is Vandyke Stitch which is one of those useful hand embroidery stitches that is traditionally used as a border stitch but you can use it in other ways. For instance, if you like working floral motifs by varying the width you can create nice leaf shapes that have a central line up the spine of the design. Vandyke Stitch  is also a very versatile stitch. One way I use it is to vary the length of the arms you can create interesting waving lines and shapes very easily. I have also used it to couch down novelty threads using just one side of the stitch to secure the novelty yarn.

I hope you enjoy stitch 28 of the TAST challenge. You will find a tutorial for Vandyke stitch here

Dont forget all stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners 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  Vandyke Stitch page with your URL. 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.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.


Step by Step tutorial for Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Fancy Herringbone Stitch is a fun and easy to work variety of Herringbone, It is good to use as border and crazy quilters love it as it works up like a braid. When lacing this stitch use a tapestry needle so that you avoid splitting the thread on the foundation row.

How to work Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 1Start by working a line of herringbone stitch. If you need a bit of reminder on how to work Herringbone stitch you will find a tutorial here

Tie each crossed bar top and bottom with a small upright cross stitch. Work the bottom of the cross vertically and top of the cross horizontally. No not work the cross stitches too tightly as you will be lacing through these stitches and you need to leave a little slack to be able to do this.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch2Work the lacing from left to right. Bring your lacing thread out at the bottom left hand corner of the line of stitches. With your needle point upward take it under the top horizontal bar of the first cross stitch.


Move to the next cross on the bottom line of the herringbone stitches. With your needle pointing downward thread it under the horizontal bar of the cross stitch.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 4Take your needle back to the first cross and pass it under the cross stitch again so that you have a complete loop as illustrated.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 5Move to the top line of the cross stitches that are tying the herringbone. Choose the second cross along as illustrated and with your needle pointed upward, pass your needle under the bar.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 6

Move to the left and with your needle pointed downward pass your needle under the cross bar of the stitch as illustrated.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 7Move the bottom of the line and repeat this lacing pattern to the end of the line.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 8Fancy Herringbone Stitch is a decorative stitch. It forms a strong but pretty line. It is also fun to work in different threads and you can lace this stitch using many novelty threads.
I hope you enjoy it and you can use it in you surface embroidery.