CQ detail 360

Seam decoration 360 on crazy quilt block 53:

This decoration is found on block 53 of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt. Lace is edged with chevron sttich worked in perle #5 thread.  In the vallys I have a bullion rose bud work in silk.


What is the story?


This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.


All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.


Free Crazy quilt block patterns


In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 436

hand embroidery band sampler detail
This band of stitching on Section 32 of the For Love of Stitching Band Sampler  is based on a foundation of 3 rows of herringbone. The top and bottom rows are tied and in the hills and valleys I have worked bullion roses in a hand dyed wool thread.

hand embroidery band sampler detail


Hand dyed cotton perle #5 and hand dyed wool


26 cnt linen


This section of the sampler was worked during April and May of 2008.


The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.

Sampler FAQ
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.

All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.

Work in Progress report

diamond crazy quilt block


It is time for a work in progress report on my diamond block crazy quilt. As I promised on my declaration of UFOs and WISPs this year I would try and post images of projects as I work them. I keep meaning to take photos but I forget! Anyway I thought it was time to correct the habit.

Regular readers will remember that these diamond shaped blocks are part of a crazy quilt I am working on. I have the blocks pieced and I am in the process of adding the hand embroidery. Once the blocks are embroidered, I  plan to set them in traditional scrap quilt pattern called  a baby tumbling block pattern.

The top crazy quilt block has a spray of silk ribbon embroidery Iris bursting from a cluster of buttons. The larger button is vintage the other two are regular modern plastic buttons. The red lace is hand dyed by me using procion dyes. The yellow orange fabric with a paisley pattern is an old tie that I cut up and used.

Blue purple diamond crazy quilt block


This blue purplish crazy quilt diamond block has spray of bullion knot bud flowers that are tucked into feather stitch stems. The flowers are worked in hand dyed cotton perle # 8 thread. The base of each flower bud is cast on stitch worked in the same thread as the feather stitch. To the middle of each bullion knot bud I added two straight stitches in a metallic thread and stitched a seed bead to the end.

The butterfly and pink/mauve lace are hand dyed using procion dyes and  beaded the lace butterfly which was fun.

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