Introducing Block 79 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

crazy quilt block 79 Today I would like to share a pattern for Block 79 from the I dropped the button box quilt. The quilt is made up of 100, 6 inch blocks and I cant quite believe I have diagramed out 79 of them for my readers.

Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page

It is a lighter block that is part of the dark diagonal line that runs across the quilt.

Over the next few weeks I will share articles about block 79 covering the embroidery and embellishments in closer detail but for today I will focus just on the block and share the pattern with you.

Fabric content:
Piece 1: cotton
Piece 2: Synthetic
Piece 3: Polly Cotton
Piece 4: Silk
Piece 5: Cotton
Piece 6: Cotton with a metallic thread woven through it
Piece 7: Cotton
Piece 8: Unknown – a vintage fabric with a bubbly thread woven into it

block 79 diagramItem Count:
Regular readers will know that I made this quilt with the challenge to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as the I dropped the button box quilt is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. It my way of making sure I got the count right. Lets hope I did!

Fabric: 8
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 9
Total items on this block: 20
Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1505

Here is the pattern

crazy quilt block 79 patternIncase you have forgotten what the quit looks like here is a photo to act as a memory prompt

I dropped the button box quilt

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
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Detail 678 and 679 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler Click on the thumbnail for an article  about this section of the embroidery.

Stitches Used

This detail is is a version of feathered chain stitch worked in cotton thread on hand dyed Aida cloth.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

Here I took the idea further and worked the stitch row upon row and then added bugle beads. The thread is hand dyed cotton Perle #8.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework SamplerDate:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.


This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

Work in Progress Wednesday

Once again I am sharing my stitching progress as promised. I hope folks reading about the process find it  interesting. I always feel hesitant to share a half done crazy quilt block because I leave it until the very end of the process to do the beading and add buttons. I work most of my embroidery first, because if I add beads as I go I have the constant frustration of catching my working thread on beads and buttons! So often a piece looks half done until the end when there is a flourish of beading and it comes together.

Work in Progress  photo As you can see a little progress has been made. If you want to compare my last work in progress report for my hussif was here  I have laid some foundation stitches of herringbone, Arrow stitch, Cretan stitch and plan to add more to these. They are the first layer of multi stitch rows. I am still thinking about them. I have also worked a seam with drooping  flower like things. I worked them using a silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #8 using 15 wraps of cast on stitch. They were slow to work but satisfying.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 129 and 130 Lock and double lock stitch

This week I would like to share with readers a versatile stitch called Lock stitch. There is also a double version. Both are very quick and easy to stitch, look good in range of threads, will follow a curve or worked row up on row make a wonderful filling stitch.
All that, and (don’t worry I am not going to offer you set of knives) there is the obvious use for borders or as an edging stitch. Also because this is a lacing stitch the lacing thread can be a larger novelty thread which can create some interesting effects.

Lock stitch basically consists of a row of vertical straight stitches that are laced.
Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches

Lock stitch step  1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length

Lock stitch step 2The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.

Lock stitch step 3Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches.Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Lock stitch step  4Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Lock stitch step  5Double lock stitch

Double lock stitch is simply a line of lacing along the bottom of the foundation stitches and then a line along the top.

Double lock worked row upon row creates a very interesting and quick filling stitch.

I hope you enjoy these challenge stitches!

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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