Crazy Quilt Block 99 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 99Crazy quilt block 99 is another favourite from my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. Regular readers will know that when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use up some of my stash and since it is a Y2K quilt I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.

Sometimes when you have to pull from your stash you end up doing something different and selecting a colour scheme you would not normally work. That is what happened with this block.It is far more softer than I usually worked at that time. You can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 99 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Synthetic mix brocade
Piece 2: Synthetic
Piece 3: Silk Brocade
Piece 4: Soft furnishing fabric
Piece 5: Silk
Piece 6: Velvet
Piece 7: Synthetic

Item Count: 

The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. As I have said my aim was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons. Since this is block 99 you can see what is happening- I am going to be short. I realised this as stitched blocks too but I did come up with a solution which I will share on block 100. ( I am mean I know…)

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 2
Buttons and charms:8
Total items on this block: 17

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1892

Crazy Quilt Block 99 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt Block 99 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 99

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 639When I pieced the block I included this nylon lace.I decorated it with Detached Chain stitches, Oyster stitches, Quarter Buttonhole Wheels, Straight stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 640This seam started with fly stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton thread. I then added Detached Chain Stitches and French  Knots.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 641These stitches are Quarter buttonhole wheels worked in cotton perle #5 thread

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 642This seam is hand embroidered with Feather stitch worked in cotton perle #5 and decorated with detached Chain stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 643The stitches used in this floral motif is whipped chain stitch for the stems, the flowers are Bullion Knots wrapped in Detached chain stitch, with a French knot in the middle. The leaves are made from detached chain stitch.  The threads are a hand dyed silk.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 644The button cluster is a mix of modern plastic buttons and vintage buttons.
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. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover 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 

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Crazy Quilt Block 98 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 98Crazy quilt block 98 is a dark block. If 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. This block is part of a dark diagonal line that runs across the quilt.

My challenge with this quilt was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

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

Crazy Quilt Block 98 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 98 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Soft dress linen
Piece 2: After 5 wear metallic fabric
Piece 3: Crepe
Piece 4: After 5 wear metallic fabric
Piece 5: Cotton Satin
Piece 6: Polycotton
Piece 7: Polycotton
Piece 8: Silk

Item Count: 

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

Fabric: 8
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 7
Total items on this block: 18

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1875

Crazy Quilt Block 98 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 98 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 98

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 631This seam is embroidered with half Herringbone and half Cretan Stitch using a hand dyed silk thread before adding bugle beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 632Here two line of detached chain stitches are laced with chainette thread before adding bugle beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 633The edge of the velvet ribbon was decorated with detached chain stitches and bugle beads.The charm is a souvenir I collected in London. I took it off a key ring.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 634This lace was added tot he block while I peace it. I picked out the pattern  with seed beads. Along  the edge I worked a line of half buttonhole wheels before adding seed beads to the middle of each one.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 635This line of Chevron Stitch was worked in cotton perle #5 before using jewellery findings  as little flowers. Each is secured to the block with the seed bead in the middle.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 636On this seam I worked a line of Feather Stitch before adding the seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 98 detail 638

The button cluster on Block 98.

I dropped button box quiltThis 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 

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 471 and 472

crazy quilt block 71Today I would like to share another crazy quilt seam embellishment which is on  block 71 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. As a little reminder this is what the block looks like. The thumbnail will take you to the block.

One of the trims added to this block is a hand dyed vintage ribbon which I secured with embroidery. Using rayon embroidery thread I worked 3 detached chain stitches arranged in a fan pattern and at the base of each I further decorated them with beads.

crazy quilt seam embroidery detailDetail 472

crazy quilt seam embroidery detailThis seam was decorated with quarter buttonhole wheels worked in rayon ribbon floss. At the base I added a bead.

I hope these little details gives readers a few ideas of how to decorate seams on a crazy quilt. This is part of a regular series which illustrates the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. If you want to read more articles like this look under Crazy Quilt details category
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
For each block on this quilt I have given away the pattern. I hope readers enjoy them. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.