Today I hope to prompt a few ideas and provide readers with a bit of inspiration I would like to share pictures of 3 details from block 87 of my I dropped the button box quilt. This article is part of a series where I share photos of what I call my crazy quilt seam details where I share how I embroider and decorate crazy quilt blocks. The series also that offers free block pattern to accompany each block which is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
If you want the pattern for the block visit the page by clicking on the picture of the block.
The first detail is a cluster of buttons. The green one is a vintage plastic button the rest in the cluster are all modern. The sit next the gimp braid which covers the seam.
This detail is of a decorated black satin ribbon which after basting to the seam with temporary stitches, I couched the ribbon to the block using herringbone stitch worked in orange cotton perle # 5 thread. I then added bugle beads to further decorate the seam. In a black rayon thread I worked some detached chain stitches and straight stitches topped with small seed beads.
Lastly today detail 571 is a laced Cretan stitch which I worked in yellow cotton perle # 5 thread before lacing it with a black rayon thread that is a fine knitting yarn. I then added black beads along the seam. The seam is not very long a couple of inches at the most. You can see it on the right hand side peeking out from under the button cluster.
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Crazy Quilt Block 87 is a green toned block which contrasts well against the warm autumnal tones of the blocks next to it. ( If you want to see a larger photo click on the image of the image of the block.) Lines of different coloured blocks run diagonally across the quilt ( if you are new to this site click on the image of the quilt at the end of the article to see the set of the quilt) It was a challenge getting all the blocks to read properly as I was pulling everything on the quilt from my stash! I wanted to use as many different pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, and buttons in the quilt as possible. Why? The I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is a Y2K quilt so I was trying to use 2001 items on the quilt. Here is the block diagramed out so you can see the pattern. Many people are surprised by the lace on the lower right hand side of the block because it does not run along a seam it is placed across one! There are no rules in crazy quilting and this is another example of adapting what fits to the block. This is the types of fabrics I used. As you can see I am no fabric snob I use what I have to hand. If it fits I use it, and if it’s pretty that is even better! Fabric Content
- Piece 1: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
- Piece 2: polyester dress fabric
- Piece 3: polyester dress fabric
- Piece 4: Cotton
- Piece 5: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
- Piece 6: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
Item Count: My challenge with this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as I wanted it as 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: 4
- Buttons and charms: 10
- Total items on this block: 20
- Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1657
This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
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These are some more crazy quilt seam details found on block 86 of my I dropped the button box quilt. This article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the CQ details FAQ page. With the series I aim give you a few ideas to use on your own crazy quilt projects. Click on the thumbnail of the block if you want to see a larger version, and get the free pattern.
Crazy quilt seam detail 565
The first seam is tied herringbone stitch. I threaded the needle with cotton perle #8 and a metallic blending thread normally used in machine embroidery. I threaded them together in the same needle and stitched as I would normally. The seam is about 3 inches long so it was not difficult nor did it take too much patience. I then added tiny sequins to the feet of the herringbone stitches. They are the size of seed beads.
Crazy quilt seam detail 566
I covered the next seam with hand dyed crochet lace. The lace had a regular pattern of holes into which I threaded a rayon ribbon and secured it with beads. The ribbon was not pulled tight but I left it to loop and sit proud of the lace.
Crazy quilt seam detail 567
To create this seam embellishment using cotton perle #5 I worked two rows of buttonhole stitch about half and inch apart. I then used a metallic cord to lace the two rows of buttonhole before adding seed beads. Along the bottom row I used some old jewellery findings scavenged from a swap meet (car boot sale). They are in the shape of little flowers so I secured them to the block with sequin and seed bead. Crazy quilting is great for recycling bits and pieces and this is an example of it in action.
Crazy quilt detail 568
The last detail is the button cluster which sits at the join between seam details 566 and 567. This group of buttons is a mix of vintage and modern buttons and some larger beads. I hope you have enjoyed the crazy quilt seam details on this block as next post in the series will be block 87 and its pattern.
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