Block 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

I dropped button box quiltBlock 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Crazy Quilt has a marine theme too it. Usually when I share a block pattern I write about that and  then at a later date share the seam embellishments in other posts but with this block I don’t think it will work so there is an eye candy warning ahead as I will talk abut the details on the block too.

As usual if you click the thumbnail of the quilt, or the thumbnail of quilt block, in each case you can see a larger version.

The block I am going to talk about today is block 81. It sits on the far left hand side of the quilt second row up from the bottom. As you can see unlike other blocks in the series that have distinct seam embellishments this block has been treated like a back layer to a picture.

Crazy quilt block 81

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Synthetic
  • Piece 2: Silk devore burnout over a dark cotton foundation fabric
  • Piece 3: Synthetic
  • Piece 4: A flocked Synthetic after five fabric
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Silk

Crazy quilt block 81 diagramItem Count: 

When I made this quilt the challenge 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.

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:2
  • Buttons and charms: 8
  • Total items on this block: 16
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1536

Crazy quilt block 81 patternDetail 533

The block has a U shaped formation of feather stitches and up and down feather stitch in hand dyed cotton, hand dyed silk and metalic threads. These are worked over couched novelty yarns such as the tubular knitting yarn secured by the seahorse charm,  in the detail below. French knots and seed beads are interspersed with larger beads, charms and some bugle beads.

Crazy quilt detail  533

Detail 534

The most noticeable detail on this block is the ‘jelly fish’ that sits on a band of hand dyed lace. It is made of a shiny plastic button. For tendrils I used a synthetic metallic yarn that I teased out a little before couching it to the block.  The fish charms are hand made glass beads that I found at a craft fair.

Crazy quilt detail 534Free Crazy quilt block patterns
As I write this series I am diagraming out each block on the I dropped the button box crazy quilt and giving away the block patterns. The  links to these pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 531 and 532

Crazy quilt block 80Once again I have grouped together two of the details found on block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

The first is line of sheaf stitch that is worked in hand dyed silk thread that is approximately the same thickness as  #5 cotton perle thread.

The seam at right angles to it is interlaced herringbone stitch also worked in #5 cotton perle thread.

crazy quilt detail 531

The next detail, a cluster of buttons sits at the base of  this seam. The buttons are fun but I enjoyed the seed bead tassel finished with a tiny set of red dice. They add a fun touch!

crazy quilt detail 532

I dropped button box quilt
This is my I dropped the button box Crazy quilt. The patterns for each block are free

This article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 80.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 529 + 530

Crazy quilt block 80I have 2 details from  block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt to share with readers today.

The first detail  was tricky to photograph, but it is  feather stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread. I added straight stitches also in cotton perle #5 yellow thread  and then continued to pep it up a bit with some small gold beads as the block was looking a bit dark.crazy quilt detail 529The next detail is from the top left corner. I secured some red ribbon over the seam with gold beads, detached chain and straight stitches worked in cotton perle # 8 thread and then I added a bit of metallic thread also to brighten the corner and draw the eye away from the metallic fabric in the middle of the block.

crazy quilt detail 530

I dropped button box quiltThis is my I dropped the button box Crazy quilt. The patterns for each block are free

This article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 80.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 528

Crazy quilt block 80This hand embroidered seam detail  on block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

Crazy Quilt detail 528 is of some hand dyed red lace. since it was set against a black background I did not need to do too much with it. using a rayon thread I attached the lace with detached chain stitch, oyster chain stitch and straight stitches.

The Palace guard charm was a little item I collected on a trip to London. It balances the charm of the london bus which is in the top right hand corner of the block.

crazy quilt detail 528

I dropped button box quilt
This is my I dropped the button box Crazy quilt. The patterns for each block are free

This article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 80.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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