Work in Progress Wednesday

I don’t have a work in progress report but I am opening up this post so people can post their progress!  I know many people are busy with gift type stitching and they don’t want to spoil a surprise by sharing online! But if this space is helping you meet a stitching goal just tell me and I will happily continue to do it.

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Pattern for Block 84 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

Crazy quilt block 84Block 84 is a far more softer coloured block as it is part of the pastel lighter toned blocks help to form the diagonal pattern that runs across the quilt.

I like this block even though I am not really pastel sort of person. There are a couple of really fun seam embellishments on this block and as charms go one of my all time favourites are on this block. I personally like the baby shoes that are on it.

Can you see them? They are really tiny at about one eighth of an inch long. That is small! To see what I mean click on the photo of the block and you will see a larger version. The block is a 6 inch block and you can see the shoes are smaller than a bugle bead. Lots of people never spot them but when someone does they usually go OH….  and that makes me smile.

Over the next few week or so I will be sharing the details from this block I hope readers enjoy it.

Crazy quilt block 84 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: Quilters cotton
  • Piece 2: Cotton
  • Piece 3: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 4: Cotton
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 7: Cotton

Item Count: 

When I made this quilt my challenge was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

  • Fabric: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:3
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 17
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1594

And here is the pattern!

Crazy quilt block 84 pattern

I dropped the button box quiltThis is my I Dropped the Button Box quilt Click the thumbnail to view a larger photograph of the quilt and read all about it.

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
I am diagraming out each block and giving away block patterns free.  Links to these pattern pages are also listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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Take a Stitch Tuesday

I am open this post for readers who are whittling away at the TAST list of stitches. This means over the break you can  share stitches you have worked as part of the Take a stitch Tuesday challenge.

So if you have worked a stitch please leave a comment and a link so we can come and see what you have done.

I have decided to take a little break from TAST since it is just a few weeks off the Holiday season. I will return next year to continue the series if there is enough interest.

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 693, 694 and 695

Needlework sampler section 51 aI have 3 details to share with readers. They are all from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler, and demonstrate how you can vary a stitch.  If you are curious  click on the thumbnail to find out more about this section of the sampler.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010.

Stitches used in this area 

Detail 693 is worked in hand dyed wool. The flower heads are made of slipped detached chain stitches. The stems are back stitch and the detached chain was used to represent the leaves.

band 693

Detail 694 are also worked in a similar manner only when I worked the head of the flower, instead of using a detached chain I used oyster stitch. The yellow flowers are wool and the stems in back stitch are perle #8 cotton

Sampler detail 694

This detail is another experiment. I worked sets of 4 slipped detached chain stitches in squares and pointed them towards the middle. I then added a wooden bead. They are quite bulky as beads go but I liked the rough and ready look. The wool is a hand dyed thread.

Needlework Sampler detail

 

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The Sampler FAQ page will give you more information about this project or you can browse back through the series by reading the articles in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.