This is my block 6 in the 2020 Challenge. Finished and bound, this hexagon has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches across from point-to-point.
For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge, the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information, and a list of free resources here. I figure this is a slow and enjoyable project as I have a couple of years to complete it!
Meanwhile, this was my starting point. I used 5 pieces of fabric in the unembellished block. During the piecing process, I also added two pieces of lace and the cut doily.
As usual, here is the basic pattern of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, for those who want to use it.
Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6
The first photograph illustrates two details on the block. The first is a lace motif in the shape of a butterfly.
Using my stitcher’s templates, I traced out the curving stems of the flower motif. I worked Portuguese Stem Stitch using a hand-dyed cotton thread the same thickness as cotton perle #5. The flower designs are lace flower motifs, that I also hand-dyed. I tacked them in place, then secured them using 2 Bullion Knot (previously counted on block 1) – worked in a hand-dyed cotton perle #8.
I covered the seam of piece 4 with a piece of hand dyed lace. It came from the same dye bath of the butterfly in the first photograph. After attaching this lace with small stitches I then added blue violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads.
The other piece of lace that you can see on the block was also in the same dye bath as the butterfly and lace. I used back stitch in the holes along the zigzag edge using a lilac coloured chainette metallic thread. Sorry, I don’t know the brand – I picked it up somewhere in my travels or bargain hunting and it no longer has a label. After I had back stitched the edge, I then used my stitcher’s templates to mark out the curves before stitching them in Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a mauve buttonhole twist silk thread. I then added the blue novelty flower beads.
At the base of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, I decorated the doily with bullion knots (already counted on block 3), straight stitches and seed beads. In the holes of the doily, I added pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads. I then added a lace motif that I call a flourish. It is cut from a much larger motif that was hand-dyed. I secured it to the block using regular sewing thread. And then I added the two pale blue flower shaped glass beads.
The last detail on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, is a simple line of Detached Chain Stitch (previously counted on block 1), worked in sets of three. I added straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and topped them with seed beads. The detached chain stitches are worked in the same hand-dyed cotton perle #8 as the bullion knots on the flowers in the first detail photograph. The lace butterfly was secured with small stitches and seed beads
Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 6
Seed beads are not counted, and there are no buttons on this block – I don’t think I have made a block without buttons so this is a bit unusual!
- Fabrics: 5
- Lace and doilies: 3
- Lace motifs: 4, comprising Lace flourish, flowers and 2 butterflies
- Beads: 4 blue-violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads, blue novelty flower beads, pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads, pale blue flower glass beads
- Threads: 4 – hand-dyed cotton (unknown), hand-dyed cotton perle #8, lilac coloured chainette metallic, mauve buttonhole twist silk thread
- Stitches: 2 Backstitch, Portuguese stem
Previous tally 142
Total of items to date for the 2020 challenge is 164!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 crazy quilt block 6. The aim is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. If you want to find out more about the challenge. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here
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