Time to share my next block I have worked for the 2020 challenge! The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources are here. I will start off sharing a photo of the finished block and what it started life looking like. I have been hiding things on the block. This time around I have two items (counted as one) that are hidden insight. You are bound to spot them in the close ups, but in life they are not easily noticed on the block.
As you can see there are 6 pieces of fabric and piece of shibori silk ribbon which I treated as you would a piece of fabric.
Here is the pattern for those who want to use it.
Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 3
The first detail I will write about runs along the side of piece 7. This decoration is made of is made of threaded double chevron stitch (not in my stitch dictionary yet). It is made up of two rows of Chevron stitch worked in Cotton perle #5 (not counted as it has been previously used in this project), then laced with a hand dyed tubular knitting yarn before adding a row of metal heart shaped beads.
The seam that runs along piece 5 is decorated first with cotton lace which I then added a line of Fargo Roses worked in a hand dyed 7mm silk ribbon. Next I butted a line of buttonhole stitch worked in Edmar Lola Rayon thread, before adding some dolls buttons. These are in different shades but I counted them as one item.
Next to the cotton lace I have 3 buttons, a vintage heart shaped button, a hexagon button which seemed appropriate to add and on the other side a white round vintage button. The heart shaped button has a small shank and the two tucked either side stops it from wobbling about.
Above this seam, between piece 3 and 4 I have a line of whipped stem stitch which is worked in cotton perle #5 (not counted) and whipped with a pale green flat silk thread which I also used for the pairs of Detached Chain stitch (counted on block 1). I then added flower shaped cup sequins secured with a seed bead. In this close up you will also see the items that are “hidden in sight”. These little butterflies that are the size of sequin, are not easily seen on the block as they sit on a background fabric that that is of a similar tone and colour. They are a little surprise for someone to notice if they look. I counted them as 1 item.
Using my templates I traced off the line to establish the stem for the floral motif that runs up the middle of the block. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) worked in cotton perle #5 and the two leaf shapes are of course Detached Chain Stitch (counted on block 1). I then arranged the “flowers” made up of heart shaped mother of pearl beads. Poking out of each “flower” I used straight stitch (counted on block 1) topped with a seed bead. For these I used a green/aqua silk thread that is about the thickness of cotton perle #8. The bead tassels I have directions for in my book (page 139).
Here is a closer detail of the heart flowers.
The lace butterfly was easy to embellish with seed beads.
For those who are interested in how I am keeping track. I am using a spiral bound sketch book. As I pieced the block I stuck in a small scrap of the fabric (I did not do this with the shibori ribbon as I had o scrap!) I did the same with threads noting what they were and I photographed the completed block. Basically I am taking notes along the way of the stitches I use etc and checking the notebook as I go. After about 20-30 blocks its easier to flick through the pages than lay out all the blocks checking to see if you have used a particular bead or thread. I will at some stage start an alphabetical list of stitches used for easier reference (probably at the back of the notebook). As you can see in comparison to some of the people who are doing the challenge and have shared how they are keeping track my system is far from fancy!
Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 3
Seed beads, Bugle beads Stranded cotton floss, cotton Perle thread are not counted
Fabric: 7 (includes the shibori silk ribbon)
Buttons: 4 Vintage heart shaped button, dolls buttons, hexagon button, white round vintage button
Novelty beads: 4 metal heart shaped beads, flower shaped cup sequins, little butterflies, heart shaped mother of pearl beads
Lace motif: 1 buttterfly
Specialty threads: 6 hand dyed tubular knitting yarn, Edmar Lola Rayon thread, 7mm hand dyed silk ribbon ( for the Fargo Roses), pale green flat silk thread, hand dyed cotton perle #8, green/aqua silk thread
Stitches: 3 Buttonhole stitch, Fargo Roses , Whipped stem stitch
Previous tally 65
Total of items to date 92
I hope you have enjoyed what I have doneon my 2020 crazy quilt block 3. The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here
Admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International are happy to see people share there work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person. For those who have blogs you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.
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These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.
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