Crazy quilt block 86 with a free pattern

Crazy quilt block 86Crazy Quilt Block 86 is a warm autumnal toned block in orange and brown tones and sits well next to the bronze brown tones of block 85 . As you can see from the image of the quilt below the blocks are set so that the different colours form  diagonal lines that run across the quilt. It was a challenge getting all the blocks to read properly and it was also a challenge to create useful blocks from my stash at the time.

In this quilt my challenge was to use as many different pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, and buttons in the quilt as possible. As the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is a Y2K quilt so I was trying to use 2000 items on the quilt. Apart from sharing with readers what fabrics and items I used on these blocks these posts keep track of the tally too!

Here is the block diagramed out so you can see the pattern. Many people are surprised by the ribbon woven through the crochet lace on the lower right hand side of the block because it does not run along a seam it runs across one! I have often said there are no rules in crazy quilting and this is another example.

Crazy quilt block 86 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: Velvet
  • Piece 2: cotton under nylon lace
  • Piece 3: A loose weave cotton
  • Piece 4: Silk
  • Piece 5: Cotton ( recycled from a pari of trousers)
  • Piece 6: Cotton ( furnishing fabric scrap)

Item Count: 

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:4
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 17
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1637

Crazy quilt block 86 pattern

Here is the free crazy quilt block pattern. I hope you find it useful.

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that offers a free block pattern from  my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 559, 560, and 561

Crazy quilt block 85I would like to share the last 3 details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt before moving on to block 86.

Crazy quilt detail 559

This detail is actually 2. The first is feather stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss. The seam is not very long – perhaps it measures an inch. The next detail is the black and red nylon lace that covers the seam. This is an example of regular everyday modern crappy lace being used. After basting the lace down I threaded a fine metallic thread along the sides and down the centre I used some seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 559This has a bit of back story as I once had an acquaintance who was always saying you cant use this or that in crazy quilting. he would say you cant use ric rac, or cant use nylon lace, or cant use plastic beads, or you cant use shank buttons, or cant use synthetics, or … you get the picture.  Each time she said it, I quietly went ahead an used it. She was around during the period of making this quilt so there is often examples of items she loudly declared I could not use. There are no rules in crazy quilting and I am no snob about what can and can not be used!

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 560Crazy quilt detail 560

This photograph also illustrated 2 forms of embellishment. The first is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in red perle #5 cotton. The second is some hand dyed red lace that I secured to the block with small stitches before adding seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 561Crazy quilt detail 561

The last detail is a the buttons that are on this block. Most of them are modern but there are some vintage buttons in the cluster. I secured most of them by simply stitching them to the block with the exception of the bead tassel. I love these bead tassels and I will be demonstrating how to do them in my book. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 556, 557, and 558

Crazy quilt block 85I readers enjoy the next 3 embellishment details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt.

Detail 556

This detail is some vintage commercial lace which I used across the bottom of the block. I really liked the champagne colour. Even though this block has 2 fabrics that have a metallic thread woven through them the block looked quite dark. So the  light champagne gold  colour lifted the whole block. I further enhanced it with a line of French knots around the edge. They are worked in hand dyed perle #8 cotton. On top of that is of course buttons!

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam

Detail 557

This seam was first embroidered with herringbone stitch which I then laced with a metallic thread. The thread matches  the colour of a patch on the block. I then added 3 black bagel beads inside the hill of the herringbone. With a blue shade of  perle #8 cotton I then added the 3 little straight  stitches to the tops of the hills.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 557

Detail 558

This hand embroidered seam embellishment has actually sent me scurrying form my notes. It is a type of twisted chain stitch that is worked in a zig zag manner. I was obviously in an experimental mood. It is worked in a yellow shade of cotton perle #5. I added black seed beads to both sides of the row.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam  558

I dropped button box quiltI hope you enjoyed seeing these next week I will share some more. This article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the  CQ details FAQ page.

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