Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 686 and 687

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

The thumbnail will lead you to an article  about this section of my   Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches  29.3878 meters long. It is still growing….

This is a very small area of hand dyed 25 cnt linen that I  worked some half diamond eye stitches on then edged them in back stitch and straight stitch. The thread is hand dyed cotton perle #8. The triangles are a strange plastic non shine bead like thing. I have no idea where I got them or what they are for but they seamed to fit!

freeform needlework sampler

This detail is also worked on hand painted linen. It is made up of chain stitch, twisted chain stitch and I think the last ring Palestrina. I can not tell and my notes do not tell me either!

freeform needlework samplerDate:

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

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Block 82 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

I dropped button box quiltToday I would like to share with you a pattern for block 82 on my I dropped the Button Box quilt.

It is another of the stronger ‘jewel tone’ blocks that help to form the diagonal band pattern that runs across the quilt. These colours can appear to very bright on screen, in fact a bit too bright at times, but if you could see it for real the strong colours give the quilt life.

As I have explained before this quilt is a Y2K quilt which means I used 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons. All the pieces are different.  It was a way of using all the bits I had been hoarding! Needless to say these 6 inch blocks often look very crowded but then that is encrusted crazy quilting.

Crazy quilt block 82As usual if you click on the block or the quilt you will see larger versions of the photographs.

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Satin
  • Piece 2: Silk brocade
  • Piece 3: Metallic after five fabric
  • Piece 4: Silk
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Cotton
  • Piece 7: Cotton

Crazy quilt block 82 The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

Item Count:

  • Fabric: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:3
  • Buttons and charms: 10
  • Total items on this block: 20
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1556

Crazy quilt block 82 patternFree 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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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.