Crazy Quilt Block 100 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

I dropped the Button Box Quilt Crazy quilt block 100 is of course the last in this series and  I thought I would share with you a reminder of what the quilt looks like (click on the photos if you want to see a larger size)  as feels quite momentous to be writing this post!

Crazy Quilt Block 100Block 100 is of course the dark block in the bottom right hand corner of the quilt.

To be honest it looks better in life than it does as photograph as there are 2 pieces of fabric that all have a metallic copper thread through them. Each piece of fabric is unique but the colour is similar.  The cords and ribbon on the block are also of a metallic thread in them that has a copper tone. Basically because when you see this block  it glitters a bit it has more life than the photograph.

As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 100 Fabric content:

Piece 1: velvet
Piece 2: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: taffeta
Piece 4: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 5: synthetic
Piece 6: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 7: teddy bear fabric with high pile

Item Count: 

As regular readers know that the challenge to this quilt was use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going count list below list the number to date.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 2
Buttons and charms: 8
Total items on this block: 17

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1909

But you will notice I am short! Oh No! But wait a minute look at what I did when joined my quilt blocks …


Buttons are at most corners – making up the short fall! It looks like I dropped the button box and it is how the quilt got its name.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt Block 100 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 100

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail  645Because this seam was on velvet I used simple straight stitches and beads to decorate it.When ever a seam is little thick to stitch through I use tricks like this.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail  646Here is simple line of herringbone with added beads. I kept the seams simple because there was so many metallics on the block.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail  647On this seam  used Detached chain stitches

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail  647The button cluster is mix of modern and vintage buttons.

I hope you have enjoyed the  I Dropped the Button Box Quilt  series. Each article offers a free block pattern from the quilt. The are all listed and linked to on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

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.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

TAST Stitch 68

TAST Stitch 68 will be the last TAST stitch for this year as most people are very busy with the holidays. TAST will restart in January after a break. So its time for a catch up or a breather. If you really go through stitching with drawls you ca always pick any stitch in my Stitch Dictionary and explore it.
woven zigzag chain stitch ample

That’s enough of house keeping now… to get on with the challenge stitch for this week which is a fun stitch call Woven Zig Zag Chain Stitch.

As you can see from my sample on crazy quilting, it looks complex but it is not. It is worked in 2 stages the first is to work a line of zig zag chain stitch which acts as a foundation of stitches that are needle woven. It’s a quirky stitch that adds personality to your work. So as usual take a look at the tutorial for Woven Zig Zag Chain Stitch. and fun with it.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Woven Zig Zag Chain Stitch page. Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Seen the cover of my book and it gave me goosebumps!

crazyquiltdesign-coverHi all just a quick heads up to say I am back home, over the jet lag, done the hum drum bits like unpacking and the washing and started to tackle the over grown garden. But that is all mundane stuff and boring.

I have 2 pieces of exciting news. The first is that I have seen the cover of my book! I am sharing it with you. I have also been checking the edits etc. The title will be The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches Stunning Results. The book has been in the hands of my publisher (C&T) and they have been doing their magic. It is due to be published mid year in 2017 and I am already excited about it.

Other news is that I have my shop back online. Both sets of my templates are available. If you are ordering or a gift please remember I am in Australia and of course this is the holiday season so order quickly to meet the date.


Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here