Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 548 and 549

Crazy quilt block 84Today I have two crazy quilt seam details to share. Both are from block 84 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

The first seam decoration is a very simple embellishment that even beginners can work.

I worked a line of running stitches following the seam. I did not pull them too tight as I knew I wanted to lace through them. I used a knitting ribbon yarn and woven it under the running stitches. I then added 3 straight stitches in the dips created by the yarn. I used a hand dyed cotton perle  #8.

seam embellishment detail of embroidery

The second detail I would like to share today is a line of Palestrina stitch worked very wide so you can see the bars of the stitch. In between the bars I added a detached chain stitch. This is a hand dyed silk thread.

hand embroidery on crazy quilting

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and details on my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

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

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 696 and 697

Needlework sampler section 51 aI have 2 more details to share today. Both are  from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you want to know more about this part of the sampler click on the thumbnail as it is a link to the article about this section.

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

This detail is another variation of slipped detached chain. I turned them on their side and instead of working regular detached chain stitch in the middle  of the arms I worked oyster stitch. I also used different threads. I used perle #8 cotton, rayon and hand dyed wool. I really enjoyed the mix of threads.

Needlework Sampler detail

Detail 697 is slipped detached chain worked in the spaces of herringbone. The herringbone is cotton perle and each chain has a little bead in the middle.

Needlework Sampler detail

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Sampler FAQ
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.

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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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