2020 crazy quilt block 2

2020 crazy quilt block 2 completed Here I am waving frantically as I am excited to be sharing my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2 today. I loved stitching this hexagon. It is winter in Australia and I think I was dreaming of spring when I pieced this.  As regular readers know this hexagon is part of my 2020 project. 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 When I make references to an item count I am referring to what items on this block  are being counted as part of the overall count for the quilt.

Here is the block as it started life, unembellished and looking a bit bare. As you can see I have 6 pieces of fabric, a piece of hand dyed lace and piece of vintage ribbon.

2020 crazy quilt block 2unembellished

This is the pattern I designed for my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2. I am happy for people to use it for personal projects but I ask readers to do the right things and give credit or link back here.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 patternAs you can see the curved seam between piece 4 and 5 is a bit close to the edge of the hexagon. At the start I was a little worried about it, but it worked out OK in the end. Below is a close detail of the seam. I used one of my favourite stitches Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch worked in one ply of Caron Watercolour #270 thread. In the fork of the stitches I worked a Bullion Knot using the same Caron Watercolour #270 thread. Once they were worked I added a orange oval pearl bead. From the end of these I added 2 small straight stitches using a blue silk thread.  Near to these  I added 2 plastic beads that are in the shape of butterflies which I counted as 1 item.

I also added some lace to the seam that joins pieces 4 and 5 to pieces 1 and 2. I usually add lace as I piece a block but this time around I decided as I was making it that this lace fitted so well on the block it should live there. So I unpicked the seam a little (about half an inch) and tucked the end of lace into the seam and then secured it with a few small stitches. The other end of the lace went to the edge of the block so the binding took care of that. I added seed beads to the middle of the heart shapes on the lace. Next the leaf like drop shapes in the lace pattern were each secured with a straight stitch worked in the same blue silk thread I used on the seam between piece 4 and 5 . At the top of the heart I used a small red faceted glass bead.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 3

The next fun area to embroider was the little snow drops. I made these using a green rayon thread that proved to be a bit of a nightmare when I attempted to I used it to make the leaves. The stems were created with stem stitch and the thread behaved OK but using it for the long leaves was a challenge!

The leaves are made using a stitch called Open Base Needlewoven Picot. Now, I do have a good few tricks for taming Rayon thread, such as keeping the thread length short, using thread conditioners (beeswax or thread heaven) but by far the easiest is to dampen it, which I did, but I still found weaving with this rayon thread a battle. There was a sigh of relief when I had them done. I added two clear seed beads as dew drops.

The snow drops are made of off white 7mm Silk ribbon stitched over a pearl bead. I have the bead just poking out and to make sure they stayed poking out I added a few French knots at the bottom of each snow drop ‘petal’. I mentioned when writing about block 1 that I wanted to have little hidden items on each block these pearls are my hidden item.

Near the snow drops is a orange tatted butterfly which I secured with some very tiny stitches. Once stitched to the block I decorated with French knots using blue silk thread ( the same used on the rest of the block) and some pearl beads. For the purposes of the 2020 challenge I have counted all the white pearl beads as 1 item even though they are different sizes.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 2The seam that buts against piece 6 is possibly the most complex on the block. I added a very thin apricot satin ribbon to the base of the lace and used a blue Cotton Perle #5 secured it with Arrowhead stitch Next, I decided to decorate the lace.I picked out the fan shape of the patten by adding 6 fine bullion knots worked in a hand dyed  silk thread. I then added French knots in blue silk thread. In the middle I made little bars of Cast on stitch using the same hand dyed silk thread that I has used for the bullion knots. Above this I added a small round green bead that are made of stone so I have counted them as novelty bead. I then added two bugle beads and pink seed beads, these I did not count as I am not counting seed or bugle beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 detail 1On other areas of my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2 I used my templates to create the curved lines that run across the ribbon that runs beside piece 3. These lines I embroidered using a blue silk thread that is about the thickness of cotton perle #12. Then using 2 strands of cotton floss I added small little detached chain stitches in pairs. At the base I added small seed bead.

The yellow lace butterfly is secured to the block with small stitches and has a yellow bicone bead to give it a little pop. I added 3 buttons and declared the block done!

2020 crazy quilt block 2 studio journal

I said I would share a page spread of my studio journal. When I pieced the block I used double sided tape to secure them to the page. As I stitched I kept a scrap of thread that I used.

As you can see my tracking method is nothing fancy – in fact I will have to take a little more care as while I have been writing this I have corrected my item count twice! I take a photo of the block and print out the photo and make notes accordingly. As you can see at the moment there is rough list of stitches used and I will have to spread sheet this I think – or make a list print it out and cross off stitches as I use them. I am quite surprised how high the block count gets once you start counting stitches and beads!

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 2

  • Fabric: 6
  • Ribbon: 2
  • Lace: 4
  • Buttons: 3
  • Novelty beads: 6 Orange oval pearl bead, plastic butterfly shape bead, small red faceted glass bead, white pearl beads, small round stone green bead, yellow bicone bead
  • Lace motifs: 2  orange tatted butterfly and yellow lace butterfly.
  • Specialty threads : 7 Caron Watercolour #270 thread, blue silk thread about the thickness of cotton perle #12 ,  green rayon thread, off white 7mm Silk ribbon, hand dyed silk thread about the thickness of cotton perle #12 , Stranded cotton (counted this once only for the whole project) Cotton Perle #5 (also counted once for the whole project)
  • Stitches :5  Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole stitch, Bullion Knot  French Knot (counted last week) Straight stitch (counted last week) Stem stitch (counted last week) Open Base Needlwoven Picot, Arrowhead stitch, Cast on Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch (counted last week)

Block total 35 

Quilt total 65 so far Here is last weeks block 1

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 Crazy Quilt block 2. Questions and comments are welcome.

How to join in on the 2020 crazy quilt  challenge

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 100 Pattern and embellishment Details

I dropped the Button Box Quilt Crazy quilt block 100 is of course the last in this series and  I thought I would share with you a reminder of what the quilt looks like (click on the photos if you want to see a larger size)  as feels quite momentous to be writing this post!

Crazy Quilt Block 100Block 100 is of course the dark block in the bottom right hand corner of the quilt.

To be honest it looks better in life than it does as photograph as there are 2 pieces of fabric that all have a metallic copper thread through them. Each piece of fabric is unique but the colour is similar.  The cords and ribbon on the block are also of a metallic thread in them that has a copper tone. Basically because when you see this block  it glitters a bit it has more life than the photograph.

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

Crazy Quilt Block 100 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 100 Fabric content:

Piece 1: velvet
Piece 2: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: taffeta
Piece 4: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 5: synthetic
Piece 6: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 7: teddy bear fabric with high pile

Item Count: 

As regular readers know that the challenge to this quilt was use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going count list below list the number to date.

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: 1909

But you will notice I am short! Oh No! But wait a minute look at what I did when joined my quilt blocks …

droppedbuttonbox-buttons

Buttons are at most corners – making up the short fall! It looks like I dropped the button box and it is how the quilt got its name.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt Block 100 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 100

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail 645Because this seam was on velvet I used simple straight stitches and beads to decorate it.When ever a seam is little thick to stitch through I use tricks like this.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail 646Here is simple line of herringbone with added beads. I kept the seams simple because there was so many metallics on the block.

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail 647On this seam  used Detached chain stitches

Crazy Quilt Block 100 detail 647The button cluster is mix of modern and vintage buttons.

I hope you have enjoyed the  I Dropped the Button Box Quilt  series. Each article offers a free block pattern from the quilt. The are all listed and linked to 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 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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