CQ Detail 106

crazy quilt block detail


This seam is embellished with a line of  feather stitch which is an old favourite of many crazy quilters. With ribbon I worked detached chain stitch in the V of the feather stitch. On the other side I added seed beads


Perle thread #5, and silk ribbon

Placement on block: 

On block 15 this seam runs along side piece 6


Seed beads

What is the story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
For a stitch guide to hand embroidery stitches, instructions can be found in my stitch dictionary

I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use but I retain all copyright. Please attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and republish online. Link please do not republish.



Work in Progress report

diamond crazy quilt block


It is time for a work in progress report on my diamond block crazy quilt. As I promised on my declaration of UFOs and WISPs this year I would try and post images of projects as I work them. I keep meaning to take photos but I forget! Anyway I thought it was time to correct the habit.

Regular readers will remember that these diamond shaped blocks are part of a crazy quilt I am working on. I have the blocks pieced and I am in the process of adding the hand embroidery. Once the blocks are embroidered, I  plan to set them in traditional scrap quilt pattern called  a baby tumbling block pattern.

The top crazy quilt block has a spray of silk ribbon embroidery Iris bursting from a cluster of buttons. The larger button is vintage the other two are regular modern plastic buttons. The red lace is hand dyed by me using procion dyes. The yellow orange fabric with a paisley pattern is an old tie that I cut up and used.

Blue purple diamond crazy quilt block


This blue purplish crazy quilt diamond block has spray of bullion knot bud flowers that are tucked into feather stitch stems. The flowers are worked in hand dyed cotton perle # 8 thread. The base of each flower bud is cast on stitch worked in the same thread as the feather stitch. To the middle of each bullion knot bud I added two straight stitches in a metallic thread and stitched a seed bead to the end.

The butterfly and pink/mauve lace are hand dyed using procion dyes and  beaded the lace butterfly which was fun.

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Crazy quilting: 100 details for 100 days Day 9

feather sttich sample on crazy quiltingDay 9 of 100 details for 100 days is a more complex detail on a piece of my crazy quilting. The advantage is that there is a simple idea and a more complex idea on this one.

First the yellow braid along the bottom has been decorated with straight stitch and laced with a fine knitting ribbon along the top.

In the right hand area feather stitch has been used over the top of a hairy yarn. This hairy knitting yarn was first couched down to hold it in place. Next I worked feather stitch over the top in a metallic yarn that DMC produces. It comes in a reel and called Antique Gold. Its weight is about the same as a single strand of DMC cotton floss and in this case I used two strands together and topped the feathers stitch arms off with beads. This thread always adds a nice touch to my crazy quilting

Feather stitch would have to be one of my favourite stitches as there is so much you can do with it. To return to the detail today, the floral spray is only partially seen on the left. It was created using a hand dyed silk thread. I do much of my own dyeing. I dye threads, lace, ribbon, braid and shell buttons. I love this silk thread because it is the same weight as DMC Pearl 5 and has a firm twist to it. The flowers were worked in Bullion stitch with each petal surrounded by a detached chain stitch.

Bullions are not easy for beginners. I recommend milliners or straw needles because they have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding the wrapped bullion knot along the needle easy. If you look at a regular embroidery needle you will see a the eye creates a bulge which makes it difficult to slide all those wraps of thread past the eye.  Try a milliner or straw needle it as it does make a difference.

If you try it out, start with only 4 wraps and as you master them build up from there. These flowers have 8 wraps, which is not many wraps as some flowers in Brazilian embroidery where it is nothing to have 30 – 40 wraps on a bullion. If you want to make bullion roses you need to be able to work 12 wraps at least. So  start with 4 wraps and build up.

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details in 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group 

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