Crazy Quilt Block 91

Crazy quilt block 91Crazy quilt block 91 is a block in shades of blue gold and burnt yellows.  This block sits in the overall diagonal design of my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. On this block I mainly used a mix of quilters cottons.    There is 8 pieces of fabric used in this  6 inch block.

Crazy quilt block 91 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 91 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton

Piece 2: quilters cotton

Piece 3: quilters cotton

Piece 4: Velvet

Piece 5: Cotton corduroy

Piece 6: quilters cotton

Piece 7: quilters cotton

Piece 8: quilters cotton

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt 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. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8

Lace, braid and ribbon: 3

Buttons and charms: 9

Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1744

Crazy Quilt Block 91 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 91 patternThe Embellished Details on Crazy Quilt Block 91

 

 

Crazy quilt block 91detail 589The first photos is of 2 seam details. Feather Stitch is worked in Rayon ribbon floss and alternating buttonhole stitch in worked in cotton perle #5.

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This seam was first covered with this metallic lace. I then edged it in detached chain stitches arranged in sets of 3 along the seam.

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This Cretan stitch is worked in cotton Perle #5 thread and I added sequins that are secured with seed beads in the spaces between the arms of the Cretan Stitches.

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I first covered this seam with braid then added seed beads along the length of the braid. Along the edge of the braid I added sets of 3 straight stitches arranged in a fan I then topped these with seed beads.

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The last detail is a cluster of buttons 1 of which is vintage as the dark blue one is old. The rest are modern buttons. These buttons sit beside a line of zig zag chain stitch that I worked in cotton perle #5 thread

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new 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 Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 473, 474 and 475

crazy quilt block 71Today I would like to share another crazy quilt seam embellishment which is on  block 71 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. This is what the block looks like. The thumbnail will take you to a larger image of the block. I hope these little details gives readers a few ideas of how to decorate seams on a crazy quilt.

crazy quilt seam embroidery detailThis seam is covered with a ribbon which is couched down using chevron stitch. I used a perle #5 cotton thread and then laced it with a knitting yarn that is like a ribbon.

Detail 474

crazy quilt seam embroidery detailDetail 474 is of feather stitch worked in perle #5 cotton thread. After working the stitch   I added a bead to the end of each of the arms.

Detail 475

crazy quilt seam embroidery detailUnder this spray of buttons is a piece of lace which I hand dyed and then secured it to the block with lots of French knots. The buttons are all modern and there is a coffee cup and pot as over coffee a friend challenged me to use ugly cheap stuff on a block. It felt appropriate to use them there.

This article is part of a regular series which illustrates the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. If you want to read more articles like this look under Crazy Quilt details category
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
For each block on this quilt I have given away the pattern. I hope readers enjoy them. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.


Straight Sided, Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch tutorial

Both Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch both have a foundation of Straight sided feather stitch. So it makes sense to group them together in this tutorial. They are also related to Turkman stitch. As you can see the differences in these stitches is either the angle you hold the needle at and/or spacing. I am sure crazy quilters will enjoy these varieties of feather stitch as they can be further decorated with stitches and beads. They also look really very effect if you work them one a ribbon or if you use contrasting threads. My samples are worked in cotton perle #5

How to work straight sided feather stitch

Straight sided feather stitch is worked between two imaginary parallel lines. Like regular feather stitch stitch is worked swinging back and forth, from side to side. Straight Sided Feather stitch 1Bring the needle out at the top of the line and reinsert it a little to the right but on the same level. Make a small stitch downward, so that the needle point appears on the right hand side of the line. Straight Sided Feather stitch 2Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch. In line with the base of the V you have just made, insert the needle on the left side of the line,  and make a small vertical stitch downward positioning the needle so that the point reappears on the left line. Straight Sided Feather stitch 3 Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Work these movements alternatively down the line to complete the first row of straight sided feather stitch.

Straight Sided Feather stitch 4How to work Crossed Feather stitch

To work crossed feather stitch you offset by one stitch a second row of straight sided feather stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Crossed Feather Stitch 1 Bring your thread out on the top left side of the line, as illustrated. Take the needle upward to make a vertical back stitch. Bring the tip out at the point where your thread emerged, as illustrated. Crossed Feather Stitch 2Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. This stitch is here so that you can  start the row neatly. In line with the base of the V, insert the needle on the right side and make a small vertical stitch with the needle point emerging from the fabric on the right side as illustrated. Crossed Feather Stitch 3 Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Crossed Feather Stitch 4Move to the left side and repeat these movements alternatively down the line.

Crossed Feather Stitch 5 How to work Plaited feather stitch

Plaited feather stitch is very similar to Crossed feather stitch except on every second stitch you thread your yarn under the cross bar of the first row of stitches. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Start Plaited feather stitch by working a line of straight sided feather stitch and start the second row with a vertical straight stitch as illustrated in above. Plaited Feather Stitch 1 Next, insert the needle on the right side of line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point emerges as illustrated. Plaited Feather Stitch 2Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Before you move to the left see of the line, thread your needle under the cross bar as illustrated. Pull the thread through. Plaited Feather Stitch 3 Move to the left side and make another straight sided feather stitch.  Repeat these movements alternatively down the line weaving the thread under the cross bar every second stitch. Both these stitches are simple but versatile and can be very effective if you experiment with different yarns. Plaited Feather Stitch 4 Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

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