2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonTime 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon Boggon unembellishedAs 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 pattern by Sharon BoggonHere is the pattern for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 1 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 2The 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 3Above 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 5Using 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).

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 8Here is a closer detail of the heart flowers.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 7The seam that buts piece 6 I added seed beads too and French Knots (counted on block 1) using a hand dyed cotton perle #8.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 6The lace butterfly was easy to embellish with seed beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 studio journalFor 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)
Lace: 2
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

Total 27
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.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These 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.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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Crazy Quilt Block 95 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 95Crazy quilt block 95 is weird mix of stuff! As readers know when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use my stuff on it since it is a Y2K quilt not only was I drawing from stash but I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.

So… some blocks like this one were a challenge. That said it was on blocks like this that I learnt the most. By this stage of the process I was using anything that would make up a block so that piece 4 is Elastic lace used in underwear construction in order to stabilise it I backed it with cotton. I guess no on can accuse me of being a fabric snob.

As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version of the block.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 95 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 2: Quilters cotton
Piece 3: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 4: Elastic lace used in underwear backed with cotton
Piece 5: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 6: Quilters cotton
Piece 7: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 8: Cotton covered with nylon lace

Item Count: 

The on going item count below represents the unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons documented this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 9
Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1818

Crazy Quilt Block 95 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 95 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 95

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 614On this patch (Piece 7) I covered the plain cotton with some nylon lace. I then embroidered these small motifs. I created them using cotton perle #5 thread to work Oyster stitch. I added some straight stitches in a Metallic thread to and then finished them off by adding a small bead.

crazy-quilt-detail-615This seam is covered with Twisted Chain Stitch worked in Rayon Ribbon Floss and then I added the black bugle beads.

crazy-quilt-detail-616This extended seam started off with a line of Buttonhole stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread, to which I added detached chain stitches that are worked in a hand dyed fine crochet  cotton. I left the space for the bagel beads and added them last. On the other side of the buttonhole I added straight stitches and Oyster stitch worked in stranded cotton floss (2 stands).

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 617Ric Rac was first attached to cover this seam, then I secured it firmly with Zig zag chain stitch. I then worked straight stitches using a hand dyed,  fine crochet cotton before adding the black seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 618Two seams can be seen in the photo above. The most noticeable consists of two lines of Detached chain stitches laced with Chenille thread.  Above the buttons is a smaller seam that  is Herringbone stitch that is laced with a second thread. Also you can see a piece of recycled jewellery that I added as charm. It is hand painted and quite delightful.

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These are some of the vintage buttons I used on the block.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.
Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These 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.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Block 91

Crazy quilt block 91Crazy quilt block 91 is a block in shades of blue gold and burnt yellows.  This block sits in the overall diagonal design of my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. On this block I mainly used a mix of quilters cottons.    There is 8 pieces of fabric used in this  6 inch block.

Crazy quilt block 91 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 91 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton

Piece 2: quilters cotton

Piece 3: quilters cotton

Piece 4: Velvet

Piece 5: Cotton corduroy

Piece 6: quilters cotton

Piece 7: quilters cotton

Piece 8: quilters cotton

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt 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. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8

Lace, braid and ribbon: 3

Buttons and charms: 9

Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1744

Crazy Quilt Block 91 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 91 patternThe Embellished Details on Crazy Quilt Block 91

 

 

Crazy quilt block 91detail 589The first photos is of 2 seam details. Feather Stitch is worked in Rayon ribbon floss and alternating buttonhole stitch in worked in cotton perle #5.

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This seam was first covered with this metallic lace. I then edged it in detached chain stitches arranged in sets of 3 along the seam.

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This Cretan stitch is worked in cotton Perle #5 thread and I added sequins that are secured with seed beads in the spaces between the arms of the Cretan Stitches.

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I first covered this seam with braid then added seed beads along the length of the braid. Along the edge of the braid I added sets of 3 straight stitches arranged in a fan I then topped these with seed beads.

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The last detail is a cluster of buttons 1 of which is vintage as the dark blue one is old. The rest are modern buttons. These buttons sit beside a line of zig zag chain stitch that I worked in cotton perle #5 thread

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here