Seam Details 575 – 80 from crazy quilt block 88

Crazy quilt block 88 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt At the end of last year I shared a free pattern for block 88 on my I dropped the Button Box quilt. If you missed it you will find the free pattern here.

Today I hope to share in closer detail some of the stitches and techniques I used when I decorated this block.

If you click on the photo of the block you can see a larger version of it.

Seam detail 575 is a line of hand embroidery that runs diagonally across the block. I worked the line in cotton perle #5. It is a small experiment in  Knotted Zig Zag chain which I have not yet documented. I found the directions for this stitch in Jacqueline Enthoven’s The Stitches of Creative Embroidery. If you have a copy, the directions are on page 163.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail

Seam detail 576 is Cretan stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail

Seam detail 577 is another experiment as I used a fine ribbon to work herringbone stitch before decorating the row of stitches with seed beads and straight stitches.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detailSeam detail 578 is a line of feather stitch that I decorated with novelty buttons. Each is in the shape of a flower.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detailSeam detail 579 is a band of vintage lace that is in the top left hand corner of the block. This lace was actually damaged and I hid the damage by beading the flower motif which is part of the pattern in the lace.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail Seam detail 580 is another button cluster. Both modern and antique buttons are on this block.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail I hope you have enjoyed seeing these crazy quilt seam decorations in closer detail, as this article is part of a series that regularly offers a free block patterns and techniques for readers to enjoy and perhaps pick up some tips in the process. .

Each block is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Check them out I think you will find the useful!

Crazy quilt block 88 Pattern

Crazy quilt block 88 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt Crazy Quilt Block 88 is made up of pink tones and is set off against the green shades of  block 87. They  contrast well against each other.  ( If you want a larger photo click on the image of the block.)

Here is the block diagramed out so you can see the pattern. Many people are surprised by the  lace on the top left hand side of the block because it is quite wide.  As you can see the lace takes up quite a chunk of the block’s real estate. There are no rules in crazy quilting and this is another example of adapting what I had  to fit the block.

The lace has a story. On one of my holidays I discovered this lace in a second hand store in Oxford, England. I was browsing the store when I spotted a roll of damaged laces. Someone had wound bits of lace on to a 6 inch length of broom handle and slipped a pin in to secure it then added another piece and another pin. They had added bits of lace until the roll was about 4 inches thick. Unfortunately the pins had now all rusted.

The wad of laces looked to me as if they were of 50’s vintage because that was what was on the outer layer. However since the pins had rusted,  there was no real way of knowing what was in there. When I expressed an interest in it the shop keeper removed two pieces from the roll to discover the lengths were about 15 cm (6 inches) long and in removing them the lace was likely to tear. She offered them to me for a couple of pounds and I jumped at it.

When I got back home to Australia I was delighted because as I carefully unwound the lace from the wad I realised the lace was getting older and older the deeper I went. To my amazement I discovered the lace went back to the Victorian era if not older. Unfortunately every single piece badly damaged. The use of numerous pins to secure them had caused rust staining, mould had also caused stains,  and worse the samples were often torn.

To be honest it did not bother me, as I wanted to use them for crazy quilting. If they had been in good condition I would not have used them but since they were damaged I felt there was no harm if reclaimed for crazy quilting. I dyed the badly rust stained, repaired what was worth repairing and in the case of the piece on this block covered a tear with beads. Basically I reclaimed what I could and made something of it.

Crazy quilt block 88 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt diagramThese are 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!

Fabrics used in Crazy quilt block 88 

  • Piece 1: Velvet
  • Piece 2: polyester furnishing fabric
  • Piece 3: linen
  • Piece 4: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 5: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 6: Silk
  • Piece 7: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 8: Cotton soft furnishing fabric

Item Count: My challenge with this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons. The item count is a growing list of items used on the blocks.

  • Fabric: 8
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons and charms: 10
  • Total items on this block: 21
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1678

Crazy quilt block 88 pattern

Crazy quilt block 88 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt pattern

 

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new to this site the set of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt consists of diagonal lines of colour.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading 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 becasue the  I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is a Y2K quilt so I was trying to use 2001 different items on the quilt.

I will talk about the seam embellishments and the hand embroidery on the block in later posts. 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.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy quilt seam details 571-574

Crazy quilt block 87These photos are pictures of  crazy quilt seam details on  block 87 of my I dropped the button box quilt. This article is part of a series where I share photos of how I embroider and decorate crazy quilt blocks. Hopefully it provides a bit of inspiration on how to decorate a crazy quilt block. The series also offers a 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 gimp braid that sits beside a cluster of buttons. The gimp braid  covers the seam and I tucked straight stitches in a fan like shape into the valleys of the braid.

 

Crazy quilt seam detail 572This next crazy quilt seam details is also a gimp braid. As you can see it is woven in quite a complex pattern and I a lot of fun adding seed and bugle beads to it once I had stitched it down with small stitches in black thread. The braid is about an inch wide so is quite a strong element on the block.

Crazy quilt seam detail 573The last crazy quilt seam detail is a zig zag chain stitch that I added seed beads to the middle of each chain stitch. I used cotton perle # 8 thread as the seam is about an inch and half long. I  added the two butterfly charms at the end of the process after I had embroidered the whole block.

Crazy quilt seam detail 574

 

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