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crazy quilt block 79

One of the first things you notice when you look at  block 79 of the I dropped the Button Box Quilt is a tumble of vintage and modern buttons that fall across the block. They are placed over some vintage lace. The buttons easily draw the eye and if you not careful you will miss out on smaller details that act as little surprises.

The first little surprise detail is a row of straight stitches arranged in a fan and  topped with a plum coloured glass bead. They look a bit like flowers growing a row along the edge of the lace

crazy quilt detail

The next little surprise is the same type of treatment but running along the edge of another piece of vintage lace.

crazy quilt detail

Free Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Free book of Embroidery patterns

Screen shot of embroidery book I would like to share news about a free publication at the Antique Pattern Library

Anand’s Embroidery Book is a 36 page pattern book that is available as a free PDF download.

Screen shot of embroidery book Here are some sample pages so you can see what you are getting.
Screen shot of embroidery book Do you use the Antique Pattern Library regularly? This non-profit organisation announced in their newsletter that is has a shortfall this year of USD $4,000
They need donations to keep the site running. There is a Paypal, donate button at the top of every page. If you can afford to do so please consider supporting them.

A Tip to Note With the Antique Pattern Library if you get a message saying your PDF corrupted or asking for password make sure you have the most recent Adobe reader. Save the PDF to your computer and open the file from there.

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Work in Progress Wednesdays

Here I am sitting in my twirly chair waving to everyone with the outer wrap of my hussif embroidered and beaded.

Outer wrap piece for crazy quilt sewing caddy Click on the image and you will see a full view.

My last work in progress report on this project is here.

crazy quilt sewing caddy detail

Now I have just the needle book cover to make and I will have all the parts of my sewing hussif embellished and ready to assemble. I will have nearly done my mini challenge.

crazy quilt sewing caddy detail 7 For now however I will share some eye candy as the feedback I get on that tells me people enjoy it.

The first detail I would like to share is a trail of beads that cover a seam.

The next is a floral spray made with silk ribbon embroidery and of course I used my crazy quilt templates to mark out the stems.

crazy quilt sewing caddy detail 6

The next detail illustrates another example of my templates in use as the scallops were traced then embroidered using stem stitch worked in a bright pink silk thread. The heart shapes are sequins secured with a seed bead.

crazy quilt sewing caddy detail2

If you click on any of the images you will see a larger version so you can have good look at wheat I have done.

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What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know. Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays) aims to encourage people to complete languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or projects made in order to de-stash a bit.

If you have something you want to share please do! Leave a comment and include the http bit of your web address as then it will become a link that folks can click on to visit your place online and see what you have done.

Take a Stitch Tuesday 131 Beaded Lock stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleThis week I would like to share with readers a  variation on double lock stitch so I hope people enjoyed lock stitch! It is a very quick and easy to beaded embroidery stitch, that looks good as a border or worked row upon row for a filling stitch.

You need to be familiar with lock stitch to work this variety.

With this stitch the beading is done during the lacing process using a size 26 tapestry needle as you can thread cotton perle #8 and #5 through the eye of this needle yet it is thin enough to thread a bead and add it  to your stitching.

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

The 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.

Add a bead to your working thread

Beaded Lock stitch step 2

Move 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 with a bead in the middle. Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

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

Beaded Lock stitch step  3Turn your work

Beaded Lock stitch step  4Work a second line of laced stitches adding beads in between every second foundation stitch as illustrated.

On this top line you can offset the beads to create a stepped pattern or you can align the beads to form a vertical ridge.

Beaded Lock stitch step  5Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.

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.

You can leave a comment about any TAST stitch Don’t be shy give it try!

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