Crazy Quilt Seam Details 559, 560, and 561

Crazy quilt block 85I would like to share the last 3 details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt before moving on to block 86.

Crazy quilt detail 559

This detail is actually 2. The first is feather stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss. The seam is not very long – perhaps it measures an inch. The next detail is the black and red nylon lace that covers the seam. This is an example of regular everyday modern crappy lace being used. After basting the lace down I threaded a fine metallic thread along the sides and down the centre I used some seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 559This has a bit of back story as I once had an acquaintance who was always saying you cant use this or that in crazy quilting. She would say you cant use ric rac, or cant use nylon lace, or cant use plastic beads, or you cant use shank buttons, or cant use synthetics, or … you get the picture.  Each time she said it, I quietly went ahead an used it. She was around during the period of making this quilt so there is often examples of items she loudly declared I could not use. There are no rules in crazy quilting and I am no snob about what can and can not be used!

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 560Crazy quilt detail 560

This photograph also illustrated 2 forms of embellishment. The first is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in red perle #5 cotton. The second is some hand dyed red lace that I secured to the block with small stitches before adding seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 561Crazy quilt detail 561

The last detail is a the buttons that are on this block. Most of them are modern but there are some vintage buttons in the cluster. I secured most of them by simply stitching them to the block with the exception of the bead tassel. I love these bead tassels and I will be demonstrating how to do them in my book. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 554 and 555

Crazy quilt block 84Yay I made it! These are the last few details on block 84 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt .

I wanted to share them with you as that means I can start the new year with block 85.

This is one of my favourite little things that are on the quilt.  These two little charms of baby shoes, always make me smile. You can see how small they are compared to the seed and bugle beads. The glass button they are next to is vintage.

Crazy quilt detail of charms on block

The last detail from block 84 I would like to share is a cluster of buttons. These are modern but the colours sat well on the block. Don’t forget you can see the complete photo block 84 . I have enjoyed sharing this one. I hope readers have enjoyed it too.

Crazy quilt detail of buttons on block

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 550 and 551

Crazy quilt block 84

I have another 2 embellished seams to share with you today as I would like to have all the articles about the hand embroidered detail on block 84 completed by Christmas so I can start the New year with block 85. Let me know if you like the slightly faster pace of publication. I slowed it right down a good year or so ago as I had feed back that it was a bit to much. I have not minded as I have not had to think too much about what to write but I do wonder if people would like a little more a little more often!

Anyway these 2 details I think are one of my favourites in the whole quilt. The first is a line of herringbone worked along the seam in perle #5 cotton.  I then added seed and bugle beads.

Seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

The next seam decoration was a mistake! I was working Alternating bullion buttonhole which is a version of alternating buttonhole where the arms that alternate are bullion stitches. You can take a look at bullion buttonhole here. I was aiming for an alternating feather stitch like version but started working my bullions away from the center line rather than pointing my needle to the middle. This meant that the thread half wrapped itself around the bullion producing an extra loop. I realised within a few stitches what I had done but kept going as I liked it.

seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

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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