Today I hope to prompt a few ideas and provide readers with a bit of inspiration I would like to share pictures of 3 details from block 87 of my I dropped the button box quilt. This article is part of a series where I share photos of what I call my crazy quilt seam details where I share how I embroider and decorate crazy quilt blocks. The series also that offers free block pattern to accompany each block which is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
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The first detail is a cluster of buttons. The green one is a vintage plastic button the rest in the cluster are all modern. The sit next the gimp braid which covers the seam.
This detail is of a decorated black satin ribbon which after basting to the seam with temporary stitches, I couched the ribbon to the block using herringbone stitch worked in orange cotton perle # 5 thread. I then added bugle beads to further decorate the seam. In a black rayon thread I worked some detached chain stitches and straight stitches topped with small seed beads.
Lastly today detail 571 is a laced Cretan stitch which I worked in yellow cotton perle # 5 thread before lacing it with a black rayon thread that is a fine knitting yarn. I then added black beads along the seam. The seam is not very long a couple of inches at the most. You can see it on the right hand side peeking out from under the button cluster.
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I 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.
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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.
This 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!
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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.
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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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I readers enjoy the next 3 embellishment details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt.
This detail is some vintage commercial lace which I used across the bottom of the block. I really liked the champagne colour. Even though this block has 2 fabrics that have a metallic thread woven through them the block looked quite dark. So the light champagne gold colour lifted the whole block. I further enhanced it with a line of French knots around the edge. They are worked in hand dyed perle #8 cotton. On top of that is of course buttons!
This seam was first embroidered with herringbone stitch which I then laced with a metallic thread. The thread matches the colour of a patch on the block. I then added 3 black bagel beads inside the hill of the herringbone. With a blue shade of perle #8 cotton I then added the 3 little straight stitches to the tops of the hills.
This hand embroidered seam embellishment has actually sent me scurrying form my notes. It is a type of twisted chain stitch that is worked in a zig zag manner. I was obviously in an experimental mood. It is worked in a yellow shade of cotton perle #5. I added black seed beads to both sides of the row.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these next week I will share some more. This article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the CQ details FAQ page.
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