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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Crazy Quilt Block 96 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 96Crazy quilt block 96 is one of my favourites as I enjoyed the colour scheme. As I have said in previous articles these blocks were all created from fabrics and embellishments drawn from my stash. 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.

The laces I used on the block are hand dyed and many of the threads too! As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 96 Fabric content:

Crazy quilt block 96 diagramPiece 1: Silk
Piece 2: After 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: Rayon
Piece 4: Cotton covered with nylon lace
Piece 5: Rayon
Piece 6: Velvet
Piece 7: Is not actually a fabric but a wide vintage braid with an interesting texture

Item Count: 

When I made this quilt I challenged myself to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. This on going item count below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 5
Total items on this block: 15

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1833

Crazy Quilt Block 96 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 96 Pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 96

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 619

Piece 4 is a patch that is nylon lace that is backed with a teal cotton fabric. The seam along the edge is decorated with feather stitch worked in hand dyed silk thread. I added blue beads to the arms of the stitch which gave it extra zest.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 620This patch is covered with some small flowers that are worked in Detached chain stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton and fly stitch worked in rayon thread. I sprinkled French knots around the patch

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 621On this seam I worked a line of Tied Herringbone Stitch then using rayon ribbon floss I added the black straight stitches in the valleys of the row. Seed beads were added last.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 622The lace was added to the seam on this block as I pieced it. I added beads.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 623This is rayon lace was hand dyed with procion dyes.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 624I worked a line of Chevron Stitch in cotton perle #5 before tucking small floral motifs in the valleys of the chevrons stitches. I made the flowers from Cast on Stitch, straight stitches for the stem and Detached Chain Stitches for the leaves.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 625

Here a close up of the button cluster on Block 96.

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. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain 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 

TAST week 1 highlights

There has been some fantastic work done this week so much so I have had real trouble keeping this list to a manageable length. The week  went like this. I started out thinking I would feature 5 pieces of work but within days I had 60 bookmarks in my folder. I decided that was way too much so I got mean and whittled it down to 35. Then it grew again to 50 and spent an age trying to whittle it down but there was so much interesting work produced.

I want to say that what I have here is the tip of the iceberg. I know people rave on and say that what people have done is amazing etc and it’s difficult to choose etc  but this is really the case! It took me an age to try and decide and that was more because I was trying to decide, flick back and forth between this and that piece. To be honest in the end I could not decide.

Ok this is double the number I was going to highlight and these are more a selection of submissions that highlight some of the many ways people have experimented with the stitch.

Also by chance we have some very different formats so if you are stuck in a rut on format this might give you some ideas.

Do your self a favour, make a cuppa and sit down and browse the sites in the comments in the TAST week 1 Fly stitch post. It is really worth while and very inspirational. Also when you visit a site leave a comment and let them know. If people have gone to the trouble to share they will enjoy a comment from you.

First up over on Lets Learn Embroidery there is a tutorial on how to work this peacock using fly stitch.

Some very unusual formats are being used for TAST such as over on Temari Addict Australia. Take a look at this stitching on a Temari ball.

Or this beautiful interpretation by La Bastidane used on a doll

Harvest moon is keeping a simple studio journal.

Ellas craft creations combined the stitch with beads to produce a Mandala.

Valerie of Can the Leopard Change her Spots is working in a freeform manner on felt and check out her post to see her studio journal too!

Another freeform approach is from Luiz Vaz on stitchin fingers (I loved the fish!)

I liked the methodical approach of Linda of Stitched Lines.

And in total contrast the freeform approach of Yarn Goddess of Sooner or Later

Finally I liked very much how Veena of Arts Crafts and More, applied this stitch.

I hope you have enjoyed the first highlights feature.  I know I enjoyed collating together the material. In future I will try and keep it limited to around 5, I promise.

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Tomorrow there is a new stitch!