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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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 548 and 549

Crazy quilt block 84Today I have two crazy quilt seam details to share. Both are from block 84 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

The first seam decoration is a very simple embellishment that even beginners can work.

I worked a line of running stitches following the seam. I did not pull them too tight as I knew I wanted to lace through them. I used a knitting ribbon yarn and woven it under the running stitches. I then added 3 straight stitches in the dips created by the yarn. I used a hand dyed cotton perle  #8.

seam embellishment detail of embroidery

The second detail I would like to share today is a line of Palestrina stitch worked very wide so you can see the bars of the stitch. In between the bars I added a detached chain stitch. This is a hand dyed silk thread.

hand embroidery on crazy quilting

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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Pattern for Block 84 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

Crazy quilt block 84Block 84 is a far more softer coloured block as it is part of the pastel lighter toned blocks help to form the diagonal pattern that runs across the quilt.

I like this block even though I am not really pastel sort of person. There are a couple of really fun seam embellishments on this block and as charms go one of my all time favourites are on this block. I personally like the baby shoes that are on it.

Can you see them? They are really tiny at about one eighth of an inch long. That is small! To see what I mean click on the photo of the block and you will see a larger version. The block is a 6 inch block and you can see the shoes are smaller than a bugle bead. Lots of people never spot them but when someone does they usually go OH….  and that makes me smile.

Over the next few week or so I will be sharing the details from this block I hope readers enjoy it.

Crazy quilt block 84 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: Quilters cotton
  • Piece 2: Cotton
  • Piece 3: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 4: Cotton
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 7: Cotton

Item Count: 

When I made this quilt my 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: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:3
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 17
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1594

And here is the pattern!

Crazy quilt block 84 pattern

I dropped the button box quiltThis is my I Dropped the Button Box quilt Click the thumbnail to view a larger photograph of the quilt and read all about it.

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
I am diagraming out each block and giving away block patterns free.  Links to these pattern pages are also listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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Crazy quilt detail 546 + 547

crazy quilt block 83Today I have two details from block 83 on my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt, to share. The first is where I covered a seam in some hand dyed lace. the lace is a rayon cotton mix ( I think ) and I used procion dyes to get a good strong yellow that would match the block. This seam sits on the lower left side of the block. With the violin print on one side and the button cluster (below) in the top right hand side I wanted a good strong colour to draw the eye to the bottom of the block. I knew if I used a lace that was a dark blue it would not be noticed. So I went to the complimentary to balance the other side of the block and then added blue seed beads to give it more pop.

Crazy quilt detail 546This is the button cluster that sits above the violin print. There are some nice vintage buttons that attract people. Finally I added a charm that sits well with the music theme.  Above the button is a seam of up and down buttonhole worked along the edge of some copper metallic ribbon braid. The stitches are worked in pairs for interest. Small seed beads finished the seam.

Click on the thumbnail of the block for a description and a free pattern.

Crazy quilt detail 547

I dropped button box quiltThe patterns for each block of this quilt are free. 

This article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on my I Dropped the Button Box quilt  For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 83 and for the rest of the blocks see the list on  the CQ details FAQ page.

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