2020 crazy quilt block 4

I have another block to share but before I do that ehe fun news is that I had a piece published in the C&T blog. 2020 Will Seem Like a Good Idea in Hindsight is lighthearted look at how I thought up the challenge. Check it out I think you will find it amusing. Hope it makes you smile anyway.

2020 crazy quilt block 4 by Sharon Boggon on Pintaangle.com Ok on with 2020 crazy quilt block 4. For those who have not encountered this challenge yet  the aim is stitch a crazy quilt using 2020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources are here.  A photo of the finished block is above and the unembellished block is below.

2020 crazy quilt block 4 unembellishedAs you can see there are 5 pieces of fabric and and a lace doily which I hand dyed. Vintage lace was included as I pieced the block so that the ends were tucked inot the seams.

2020 crazy quilt block 4 patterm on Pintangle.comThe hexagon when finished and bound has 4 inch sides and is 8 inches from point to point across. Here is the pattern for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 4

2020 crazy quilt block 4 detailThe first photograph illustrates 2 details on the block. The first detail covers the seam of piece 4 and second sits in piece 1. Both these decorations are built on a foundation row of Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch (counted on block 2)which I worked in a hand dyed silk buttonhole twist. This stitch is ideal for twiggy  organic lines. I got a bit carried away and used it to create a fan of lines which I then decorated in different ways. The blue thread was dyed in the same dye pot as the cotton doily on the block. These foundation rows of stitching were then further decorated with Cast on Stitch (counted on block 2) worked in hand dyed cotton perle #8. I added a seed bead in the middle of each circlet. The next line was decorated with bugle beads and seed beads. You can also see a small dragonfly bead stitched just above the spray.

2020 crazy quilt block 4 detailThe next line in the fan of Feathered up and down buttonhole stitches covers the seam between piece 1 and piece 2. Using a hand dyed cotton perle #5 I tucked two Bullion Knots (counted on block 1) between the forks. Between those I tucked two Straight stitches  (counted on block 1) using metallic Kreinik Fine Braid 9294.

In this photograph you can alos see how decorated the vintage lace. I threaded a hand dyed 4mm silk ribbon through the holes in the lace. I then added Fargo Roses (counted on block 3) worked in the same ribbon.

 

2020 crazy quilt block 4 detailThe last foundation row of Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch is decorated with a series of leaves worked using Leaf stitch (not in the stitch dictionary but page 133 in my book)  using a greenish hand dyed 4mm silk ribbon the Fargo Roses (counted on block 3) worked in the same ribbon as I used to decorate the lace. The seam that runs up the side of piece 5 is decorated with Beaded buttonhole stitch which I decorated with cube shaped beads. The bow made of vintage rayon ribbon is secured first with very small stitches then some seed beads. I tucked a cluster of vintage buttons to one side and added the dragonfly below.

 

2020 crazy quilt block 4 detail

The doily was decorated with circular glass bead at the centre, 4 triangular beads (cheap plastic but worked) and 3 long ( approximately an inch) bugle beads. around the edge I added small metal flower like disks ( they are jewellery spacers) that are secured with a seed bead.

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 4

Seed beads,  bugle beads are not counted

Fabric: 5
Lace and ribbon: 3 vintage lace,  doily and vintage rayon ribbon
Buttons: 5 Vintage buttons
Novelty beads: 5 cube shaped beads, circular glass bead,triangular beads, very long bugle beads, metal flower like disks
Charms: 2 dragonflies
Specialty threads: 6 hand dyed blue buttonhole silk twist, Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid 9294, 4mm hand dyed silk ribbon ( for the Fargo Roses) green/aqua 4mm silk ribbon(leaves)  hand dyed cotton perle #8, hand dyed cotton perle #5
Stitches: 2 new stitches Leaf stitch and Beaded buttonhole stitch

Total 28
Previous tally 92

Total of items to date 120

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have done on my 2020 crazy quilt block 4. Feel free to ask questions or simply leave a comment.

If you want to join the challenge the guidelines are here and the admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share there work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, to direct the eye around the block.  I also cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonTime to share my next block I have worked for the 2020 challenge! The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources are here.  I will start off sharing a photo of the finished block and what it started life looking like. I have been hiding things on the block. This time around I have two items (counted as one) that are hidden insight. You are bound to spot them in the close ups, but in life they are not easily noticed on the block.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon Boggon unembellishedAs you can see there are 6 pieces of fabric and piece of shibori silk ribbon which I treated as you would a piece of fabric.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 pattern by Sharon BoggonHere is the pattern for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 1 The first detail I will write about runs along the side of piece 7. This decoration is made of is made of  threaded double chevron stitch (not in my stitch dictionary yet). It is made up of two rows of Chevron stitch worked in Cotton perle #5 (not counted as it has been previously used in this project), then laced with a hand dyed tubular knitting yarn before adding a row of metal heart shaped beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 2The seam that runs along piece 5 is decorated first with cotton lace which I then added a line of Fargo Roses worked in a hand dyed 7mm silk ribbon. Next I butted a line of buttonhole stitch worked in  Edmar Lola Rayon thread, before adding some dolls buttons. These are in different shades but I counted them as one item.

Next to the cotton lace I have 3 buttons, a vintage heart shaped button, a hexagon button which seemed appropriate to add and on the other side a white round vintage button. The heart shaped button has a small shank and the two tucked either side stops it from wobbling about.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 3Above this seam, between piece 3 and 4  I have a line of whipped stem stitch which is worked in cotton perle #5 (not counted) and whipped with a pale green flat silk thread which I also used for the pairs of  Detached Chain stitch (counted on block 1). I then added flower shaped cup sequins secured with a seed bead. In this close up you will also see the items that are “hidden in sight”. These little butterflies that are the size of sequin, are not easily seen on the block as they sit on a background fabric that that is of a similar tone and colour. They are a little surprise for someone to notice if they look. I counted them as 1 item.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 5Using my templates I traced off the line to establish the stem for the floral motif that runs up the middle of the block. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) worked in cotton perle #5 and the two leaf shapes are of course Detached Chain Stitch (counted on block 1). I then arranged the “flowers” made up of heart shaped mother of pearl beads.  Poking out of each “flower” I used straight stitch  (counted on block 1) topped with a seed bead. For these I used a green/aqua silk thread that is about the thickness of cotton perle #8. The bead tassels I have directions for in my book (page 139).

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 8Here is a closer detail of the heart flowers.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 7The seam that buts piece 6 I added seed beads too and French Knots (counted on block 1) using a hand dyed cotton perle #8.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 6The lace butterfly was easy to embellish with seed beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 studio journalFor those who are interested in how I am keeping track. I am using a spiral bound sketch book. As I pieced the block I stuck in a small scrap of the fabric (I did not do this with the shibori ribbon as I had o scrap!)  I did the same with threads noting what they were and I photographed the completed block. Basically I am taking notes along the way of the stitches I use etc and checking the notebook as I go. After about 20-30 blocks its easier to flick through the pages than lay out all the blocks checking to see if you have used a particular bead or thread. I will at some stage start an alphabetical list of stitches used for easier reference (probably at the back of the notebook). As you can see in comparison to some of the people who are doing the challenge and have shared how they are keeping track my system is far from fancy!

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 3

Seed beads,  Bugle beads Stranded cotton floss, cotton Perle thread are not counted

Fabric: 7 (includes the shibori silk ribbon)
Lace: 2
Buttons: 4 Vintage heart shaped button, dolls buttons, hexagon button, white round vintage button
Novelty beads: 4 metal heart shaped beads, flower shaped cup sequins, little butterflies, heart shaped mother of pearl beads
Lace motif: 1 buttterfly
Specialty threads: 6 hand dyed tubular knitting yarn, Edmar Lola Rayon thread, 7mm hand dyed silk ribbon ( for the Fargo Roses), pale green flat silk thread, hand dyed cotton perle #8, green/aqua silk thread
Stitches: 3 Buttonhole stitch, Fargo Roses , Whipped stem stitch

Total 27
Previous tally 65

Total of items to date 92

I hope you have enjoyed what I have doneon my 2020 crazy quilt block 3. The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here 

Admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share there work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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2020 crazy quilt block 2

2020 crazy quilt block 2 completed Here I am waving frantically as I am excited to be sharing my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2 today. I loved stitching this hexagon. It is winter in Australia and I think I was dreaming of spring when I pieced this.  As regular readers know this hexagon is part of my 2020 project. The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here When I make references to an item count I am referring to what items on this block  are being counted as part of the overall count for the quilt.

Here is the block as it started life, unembellished and looking a bit bare. As you can see I have 6 pieces of fabric, a piece of hand dyed lace and piece of vintage ribbon.

2020 crazy quilt block 2unembellished

This is the pattern I designed for my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2. I am happy for people to use it for personal projects but I ask readers to do the right things and give credit or link back here.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 patternAs you can see the curved seam between piece 4 and 5 is a bit close to the edge of the hexagon. At the start I was a little worried about it, but it worked out OK in the end. Below is a close detail of the seam. I used one of my favourite stitches Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch worked in one ply of Caron Watercolour #270 thread. In the fork of the stitches I worked a Bullion Knot using the same Caron Watercolour #270 thread. Once they were worked I added a orange oval pearl bead. From the end of these I added 2 small straight stitches using a blue silk thread.  Near to these  I added 2 plastic beads that are in the shape of butterflies which I counted as 1 item.

I also added some lace to the seam that joins pieces 4 and 5 to pieces 1 and 2. I usually add lace as I piece a block but this time around I decided as I was making it that this lace fitted so well on the block it should live there. So I unpicked the seam a little (about half an inch) and tucked the end of lace into the seam and then secured it with a few small stitches. The other end of the lace went to the edge of the block so the binding took care of that. I added seed beads to the middle of the heart shapes on the lace. Next the leaf like drop shapes in the lace pattern were each secured with a straight stitch worked in the same blue silk thread I used on the seam between piece 4 and 5 . At the top of the heart I used a small red faceted glass bead.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 3

The next fun area to embroider was the little snow drops. I made these using a green rayon thread that proved to be a bit of a nightmare when I attempted to I used it to make the leaves. The stems were created with stem stitch and the thread behaved OK but using it for the long leaves was a challenge!

The leaves are made using a stitch called Open Base Needlewoven Picot. Now, I do have a good few tricks for taming Rayon thread, such as keeping the thread length short, using thread conditioners (beeswax or thread heaven) but by far the easiest is to dampen it, which I did, but I still found weaving with this rayon thread a battle. There was a sigh of relief when I had them done. I added two clear seed beads as dew drops.

The snow drops are made of off white 7mm Silk ribbon stitched over a pearl bead. I have the bead just poking out and to make sure they stayed poking out I added a few French knots at the bottom of each snow drop ‘petal’. I mentioned when writing about block 1 that I wanted to have little hidden items on each block these pearls are my hidden item.

Near the snow drops is a orange tatted butterfly which I secured with some very tiny stitches. Once stitched to the block I decorated with French knots using blue silk thread ( the same used on the rest of the block) and some pearl beads. For the purposes of the 2020 challenge I have counted all the white pearl beads as 1 item even though they are different sizes.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 2The seam that buts against piece 6 is possibly the most complex on the block. I added a very thin apricot satin ribbon to the base of the lace and used a blue Cotton Perle #5 secured it with Arrowhead stitch Next, I decided to decorate the lace.I picked out the fan shape of the patten by adding 6 fine bullion knots worked in a hand dyed  silk thread. I then added French knots in blue silk thread. In the middle I made little bars of Cast on stitch using the same hand dyed silk thread that I has used for the bullion knots. Above this I added a small round green bead that are made of stone so I have counted them as novelty bead. I then added two bugle beads and pink seed beads, these I did not count as I am not counting seed or bugle beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 1On other areas of my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2 I used my templates to create the curved lines that run across the ribbon that runs beside piece 3. These lines I embroidered using a blue silk thread that is about the thickness of cotton perle #12. Then using 2 strands of cotton floss I added small little detached chain stitches in pairs. At the base I added small seed bead.

The yellow lace butterfly is secured to the block with small stitches and has a yellow bicone bead to give it a little pop. I added 3 buttons and declared the block done!

2020 crazy quilt block 2 studio journal

I said I would share a page spread of my studio journal. When I pieced the block I used double sided tape to secure them to the page. As I stitched I kept a scrap of thread that I used.

As you can see my tracking method is nothing fancy – in fact I will have to take a little more care as while I have been writing this I have corrected my item count twice! I take a photo of the block and print out the photo and make notes accordingly. As you can see at the moment there is rough list of stitches used and I will have to spread sheet this I think – or make a list print it out and cross off stitches as I use them. I am quite surprised how high the block count gets once you start counting stitches and beads!

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 2

  • Fabric: 6
  • Ribbon: 2
  • Lace: 4
  • Buttons: 3
  • Novelty beads: 6 Orange oval pearl bead, plastic butterfly shape bead, small red faceted glass bead, white pearl beads, small round stone green bead, yellow bicone bead
  • Lace motifs: 2  orange tatted butterfly and yellow lace butterfly.
  • Specialty threads : 7 Caron Watercolour #270 thread, blue silk thread about the thickness of cotton perle #12 ,  green rayon thread, off white 7mm Silk ribbon, hand dyed silk thread about the thickness of cotton perle #12 , Stranded cotton (counted this once only for the whole project) Cotton Perle #5 (also counted once for the whole project)
  • Stitches :5  Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch, Bullion Knot  French Knot (counted last week) Straight stitch (counted last week) Stem stitch (counted last week) Open Base Needlwoven Picot, Arrowhead stitch, Cast on Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch (counted last week)

Block total 35 

Quilt total 65 so far Here is last weeks block 1

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2. Questions and comments are welcome.

How to join in on the 2020 crazy quilt  challenge

The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here  

Admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share there work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

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