Block 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

I dropped button box quiltBlock 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Crazy Quilt has a marine theme too it. Usually when I share a block pattern I write about that and  then at a later date share the seam embellishments in other posts but with this block I don’t think it will work so there is an eye candy warning ahead as I will talk abut the details on the block too.

As usual if you click the thumbnail of the quilt, or the thumbnail of quilt block, in each case you can see a larger version.

The block I am going to talk about today is block 81. It sits on the far left hand side of the quilt second row up from the bottom. As you can see unlike other blocks in the series that have distinct seam embellishments this block has been treated like a back layer to a picture.

Crazy quilt block 81

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Synthetic
  • Piece 2: Silk devore burnout over a dark cotton foundation fabric
  • Piece 3: Synthetic
  • Piece 4: A flocked Synthetic after five fabric
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Silk

Crazy quilt block 81 diagramItem Count: 

When I made this quilt the challenge was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:2
  • Buttons and charms: 8
  • Total items on this block: 16
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1536

Crazy quilt block 81 patternDetail 533

The block has a U shaped formation of feather stitches and up and down feather stitch in hand dyed cotton, hand dyed silk and metalic threads. These are worked over couched novelty yarns such as the tubular knitting yarn secured by the seahorse charm,  in the detail below. French knots and seed beads are interspersed with larger beads, charms and some bugle beads.

Crazy quilt detail  533

Detail 534

The most noticeable detail on this block is the ‘jelly fish’ that sits on a band of hand dyed lace. It is made of a shiny plastic button. For tendrils I used a synthetic metallic yarn that I teased out a little before couching it to the block.  The fish charms are hand made glass beads that I found at a craft fair.

Crazy quilt detail 534Free Crazy quilt block patterns
As I write this series I am diagraming out each block on the I dropped the button box crazy quilt and giving away the block patterns. The  links to these pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 685

Sampler section 50I have always liked this little detail on  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler

It is very simple as it consists of two rows of buttonhole stitch shaped as a scallop and worked back to back. I used a hand dyed silk thread that has approximately the same thickness as #5 perle cotton.

The ribbon roses along the middle are worked in silk ribbon. They are called farago roses and you can find a tutorial on how to work them here  They work up quickly and a bead in the middle finishes them off.

freeform needlework sampler

 

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

Work in Progress Wednesdays

I am opening up this post for readers who have work in progress to report. Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays) aims to encourage people to complete languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or projects made in order to de-stash a bit.

I am afraid that a busy week for me means little to report. I had wanted to assemble my hussif but life is a bit busy as Eve my daughter is home and I have been having to much fun with her.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 135 Beaded Fern Stitch

Last week I introduced Fern stitch to the TAST series of stitches. I had some very positive feedback so I thought to add the beaded version. It is just as simple and very versatile and is ideal to use in floral sprays and is ideal for simple Christmas wreaths.

beaded fern stitch sampleFor the sample I have used perle 8 hand dyed variegated thread and a size a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward use a 26 tapestry needle. The eye of a tapestry needle is long which means you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch. I have used seed beads in this sample.

How to work Beaded Fern Stitch

Beaded Fern Stitch consists of a simple arrangement of 3 straight stitches along a central line. Every second arm along the line you add beads to.

beaded fern stitch step 1
Work 3 straight stitches as you would with ferns stitch and bring your working thread out from the back of the fabric. Thread 2 or 3 seed beads on to your needle.

beaded fern stitch step 2With the beads on the thread work a straight stitch on the left side.

beaded fern stitch step 3With the beads on the thread work a straight stitch on the other side. Next work a unit of 3 straight stitches that are normal fern stitch.

beaded fern stitch step 4This pattern is repeated along the line. Beaded Fern stitch is pretty particularly when worked on a curve or in a free form manner. You can also use bugle beads or even some novelty beads if they are the right size.

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How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page. Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr site etc then swing back to the Last TAST post listed   and leave a comment.  This is a guilt free challenge to learn hand embroidery stitches. You can stitch 1,  10 or all of the TAST stitches, swing in and out of the chellenge as life dictates and generally mooch along learning a bit here and bit there.  All are welcome.