CQ details FAQ

CQ details is a regularly published series which aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.

I dropped the button box quilt

 

This quilt is a Y2K quilt which means I Dropped the Button Box contains 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons. All are different. It was a way of using a sample of all the bits I had been hoarding!

Each block is a 6 inch block.

In the articles that introduce each block the on going item count represents the items  documented to date.

Each block featured in this series has been introduced alongside an illustration of the block, a layout plan and  a free piecing pattern.

Links to the free crazy quilt block patterns in the series so far:

Block 1,  Block 2,  Block 3,  Block 4,  Block 5,

Block 6,  Block 7,  Block 8,  Block 9Block 10,

Block 11,  Block 12,  Block 13,  Block 14,  Block 15,

Block 16,  Block 17,  Block 18,  Block 19Block 20,

Block 21,  Block 22,  Block 23,  Block 24,  Block 25,

Block 26,  Block 27,  Block 28,  Block 29Block 30,

Block 31,  Block 32,  Block 33,  Block 34,  Block 35,

Block 36,  Block 37,  Block 38,  Block 39Block 40,

Block 41,  Block 42,  Block 43,  Block 44,  Block 45,

Block 46,  Block 47,  Block 48,  Block 49Block 50,

Block 51,  Block 52,  Block 53,  Block 54,  Block 55,

Block 56,  Block 57,  Block 58,  Block 59Block 60,

Block 61,  Block 62,  Block 63,  Block 64,  Block 65,

Block 66,  Block 67  Block 68,  Block 69, Block 70,

Block 71,   Block 72 ,  Block 73,  Block 74, Block 75,

Block 76, and still to come … Block 77,  Block 78,  Block 79, Block 80,

Block 81,  Block 82,  Block 83,  Block 84,  Block 85,

Block 86,  Block 87,  Block 88,  Block 89, Block 90,

Block 91,  Block 92,  Block 93,  Block 94,  Block 95,

Block 96,  Block 97,  Block 98,  Block 99, Block 100

Copyright

I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use. However, you must attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and reprint them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing.


31 Responses to CQ details FAQ

  1. Virginia Aman says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I still can’t figure out how I can access all the blocks. I see them all listed but nowhere how I can download them all–not just one. It says Links to the blocks but when I hit each block nothing happens.

    Ginny in Tucson

    • sharonb says:

      Ginny I am still updating those pages. With the blog move all the links broke not just on this page but over the blog on all pages, and there are 3,800 pages to update (that is not a typo) So wait a few weeks and they will all be there again but it will take time.

  2. Virginia Aman says:

    Thanks Sharon. I will patiently wait. Meanwhile I have been having fun with my Workhorse Journal.

    Ginny

  3. TANVEL says:

    Sharon,
    Your quilt is gorgeous, thank you for all you do and share with us.

  4. Im sorry to be a pain but have done my TAST and dont know where to put the pic so Im putting it everywhere. :)

    • sharonb says:

      Nicola if you read the TAST FAQ page (tabs along the top of the site) there is a link to the TAST challenge stitch page each week – follow the link and leave a comment there. It is unfortunate if you leave it here because most people visit links left on the weekly page. I mention this as I see you are going to a lot of trouble and getting the reward of visitors. It is ultimately up to you but it’s a lot more fun if people can visit you see what you have done and leave a comment.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hello! I am so enjoying our quilt and all that you are willing to share with us! You are so gifted and have such an amazing imagination!!! Ate you able to update the links for Blocks 1-9, as they don’t appear to work. Thanks Sharon!

    • sharonb says:

      I recently (last month) moved the blog and since it has nearly 4,000 posts all with photos that had to be reinserted and most posts have links that have to be updated I am still doing the older ones. As I get to it I do it. Sorry its the best pace I can work at.

  6. wow just started doing this and have discovered you. wonderful site and thanks for sharing. xoxoxo

  7. Jane Zaal says:

    Thank you for your amazing patterns. I have been looking for inspiration and ideas and you have so many. Thank you for sharing also….. I know I am going to enjoy making this so much..

  8. Virginia Aman says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Just had to share with you how important it was for me to take that Journal as workhorse class. I am in the process of making a hockey quilt for my grandson and used my journal to sketch it out and think it thru. I am using machine embroidery instead of hand embroidery. Goes faster. One of these days I would like to send you my journal pages and a picture of the quilt but! Thinking the whole quilt thru on my journal pages was the way to go.

    • sharonb says:

      Thanks Virginia I am thrilled to hear how useful a journal has been for you. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

  9. angy says:

    Just found your site tonight. love the crazy patterns and all. cant wit to see all of them. they have inspired me to get back to my passion of quilting. starting on block one tomorrow!

  10. Liz Eph says:

    I’ve been enjoying following seeing the individual blocks but this is the first time I’d seen the whole. It’s funny isn’t it, sometimes the individual blocks can seem a little bit overloaded, tho all very pretty. But seen in the whole like this it really is very tasteful. I love the way you’ve used the details to work as highlights or shadows for the colours so that the shades then set each other off. And the pale ones bring out the tones in the deeper colours and the embellishments do the same. And the graduations. I like the subtlety of the colours so that even though there are all the colours of the rainbow in it you’ve resisted letting look anything rainbow like cos of the muted tones and contrasts in some places and mellows in others. This is really lovely.

  11. Liz Eph says:

    ps and of course anything that graduates across warm to cool or vice vera dials my number – subtly done :-)

  12. Liz Eph says:

    i like how you’ve put buttons on some of the corners too – it breaks up the rigid geometry, but not too many and not symetrical :-)

  13. Liz Eph says:

    and i like the black and grey corners too

  14. Scarlet says:

    Sharon, I just wanted to tell you that your crazy quilt has inspired me to make one (or more) of my life. As I looked at 63 different blocks and was reading about all of them. I thought to myself that writers write their history, painters paint stuff about themselves, and I’m neither, so I will quilt my life story in a quilt. I was reading the other day about the American Civil War Quilts and how some depicted events, so the combination of that and your crazy quilt I am inspired to leave my story in a quilt (or two, three, or four – I just may need to have one per decade). Thank you so much for sharing. I love your quilt and all that you do to share with others!

  15. Mimi says:

    I”m so inspired by you & your work! I know it’s a Crazy Quilt and that’s why you and everyone keeps talking about “quilting”, but what I find so intriguing is both your imaginative assemblage (choice of placement to achieve the overall effect) AND your incredibly beautiful (& accomplished) EMBROIDERY. The handwork is so gorgeous that each individual square (even sections of each block) could stand alone as a small work of art (either as a framed “sampler” or featured on something – a pillow, a jacket, a box lid insert, etc). Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generous sharing of your work in the first place! Words can’t adequately express the appreciation I have for you doing a SECOND time by re-posting all of the information & photos after the original links broke with your blog move — a gargantuan task! Thank you for your generous soul. Again you are an inspiration!

  16. Lana Sparks says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you will ever post 68-100 Crazy Quilt Blocks please. Thanks!!

  17. Mary Colgan says:

    I have enjoyed learning from these block details.

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  20. Claire Turner says:

    Hi Sharon, I have just finished reading the archived posts from your early days, and so glad I did. I love your history telling of crazy quilts, and I hope to embrace just a little of your passion for this technique. I tentatively pieced block 1, 2 & 3 of your ” I dropped the button box” quilt patterns yesterday, and will continue to piece the 100 blocks. It is addictive, fossicking through the horded scraps of lace, glitzy fabrics and silks that could not be used in my patchwork quilts. I love the freedom of the piecing, which flies in the face of all I have learnt for my regular patchwork. No matching of points!! I wanted to ask if you include the laces, braids etc in the seam allowance as you sew, or do you add them after the block is pieced? I don’t have a web site, but I would love to send photos occasionally of my progress. Not sure where to send. Thank you so much for your generously given information and encouragement. Can’t wait to start using my new stencils and working the embroidery stitches. Claire.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Clair- thanks for the compliments- yes I do included the lace and braids in the piecing but if for some
      reason while hand stitching I think I want to add a bit of lace I just unpick a few of the stitches and tuck the lace in

      You might be interested in an internet group that shares their crazy quilting adventures- people post photos share tips swap blocks all
      sorts of fun stuff- Its free
      the link is
      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/crazyquiltinginternational/info

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