Introducing Block 78 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

Crazy quilt block 78Today I would like to share with readers a pattern for Block 78 .

Block 78 is a darker block that is part of the dark diagonal line that runs across the quilt.

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Over the next few weeks I will share articles about the embroidery and embellishments in closer detail but for today I will focus just on the block and share a free pattern with you!

Crazy quilt block 78 diagram

Fabric content:
Piece 1: brocade
Piece 2: Silk
Piece 3: Silk
Piece 4: Velvet
Piece 5: Cotton

Item Count:
Regular readers will know that I made this quilt with the challenge to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. I guess you could say it my way of making sure I got the count right! (I have no idea what I will do if I get to the end of this exercise and discover a miscount!)

Fabric: 5
Lace, braid and ribbon: 4
Buttons and charms: 7
Total items on this block: 16
Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1485

Crazy quilt block 78 pattern

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
There is a photograph of the full quilt on the CQ details FAQ page. I am diagraming out each block and giving away free block patterns  Links to these free pattern pages are also listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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Detail 672 and 673 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler

Stitches Used

This little experiment is raised chain worked in perle #5 on hand dyed tea towel linen.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

The next sample is also raised chain but I elongated the bars and flipped them from side to side.

Detail on Hand Embroidery 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…

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

crazy quilt PocketI am waving this latest piece about in the air at the same time yelling at the top of my lungs, there is an eye candy warning ahead!

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This is another of my pockets for my sewing roll, or hussif. Yes it is another step along the way to completing this project.

I thought readers would enjoy some close details.

These daisies are made of long cast on stitches. the feather stitch arms are topped off with bullion stitches. Both are worked in silk thread.

crazy quilt Pocket detail  1

The next detail on the pocket is trail of buttons and beads that spills over the seam.

 

crazy quilt Pocket detail  2

I used sequin flowers and bullion roses in this area of the pocket. crazy quilt Pocket detail  3

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.
As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
One of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams


Take a stitch Tuesday 126 and 127

This week I have 2 stitches to share The first is Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole and the second is the beaded version.

Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole is a variation of up and down buttonhole buttonhole stitch which was week 28 of the TAST challenge. It is  easily worked on all types of fabrics and as you can see the beaded version is attractive too.

How to work Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Work this stitch from left to right and be familiar with the regular form of up and down buttonhole stitch.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 2Starting as you would with buttonhole stitch and with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Alternating Up and down buttonhole 3For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 4Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. For regular up and down button hole you would work along the line at this point.

Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is wrong the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 5For Alternating Up and down buttonhole you work the next pair of stitches pointing in the other direction.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 6Once again make a regular buttonhole stitch but this time point your needle upwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing downwards as illustrated.

As you pull the needle through pull he needle away form you and hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 7
This forms the second pair of stitches. Continue along the line with alternating the direction of each pair of stitches as illustrated.

How to work beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Alternating Up and down buttonhole is another variation. With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

Starting as you would with alternating buttonhole work the first pair of stitches as illustrated.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded  1

Thread a bead on your working thread then work the next pair of stitches pointing downwards.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded  2

Continue along the line adding beads between each pair of stitches as illustrated.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded  3

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 etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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