CQ details is a series of articles which gave away the free the block patterns for each of the blocks on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.
Each block is a 6 inch block.
I piece all blocks by machine using the sew and flip method and then add the hand embroidery.I include 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 or braid I just unpick a few of the stitches and tuck the lace in the seam and secure them with a few hand stitches.
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! In the articles that introduce each block the on going item count represents the items on the quilt that I have 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:
Have you seen my book?
My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results aims to share detailed practical methods about how to design a crazy quilt. I give advice on fabric choice, balancing colour, texture and pattern, against lace braid and trims. I show how to place motifs and embellish areas in order to direct the eye around the block. I cover how to stitch, build and expanded on seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. I know stitchers like eye candy so my book is profusely illustrated as I aim to be practical and inspiring.
My Crazy quilters templates
My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.
To use the, position the template in place and, holding it firmly with one hand, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template to create a pattern. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam.
They come with a free ebook!
To show how each set of templates can be used, I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set.
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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.