Crazy Quilt Block 97 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 97Crazy quilt block 97 is another favourite block of mine. As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version. See the blue lace in the top left corner. It has a story attached to it.

I used some very old piece of lace which in junk shop in Oxford,  England.  I was browsing around the store when I spotted a roll of lace wrapped around a piece of broom handle. Someone had wound each piece of lace on to the broom handle and slipped a pin in to secure it then they had wound on another piece and slipped a pin in. They had done this until the roll was about 4 inches thick and the pins had now all rusted.

The wad of laces looked to me as if they were of 50’s vintage because that was what was on the outer layer. However since the pins had rusted,  there was no real way of knowing what was in there. At the time I was curious about it and when I expressed an interest the shop keeper removed two pieces from the roll to discover the lengths were about 15 cm (6 inches) long and in removing them the lace was likely to tear. She offered them to me for a couple of pounds and I jumped at it.

When I got back home I was delighted because these small pieces of lace got older as I carefully unwound them. I think they were samples from a lace maker as each was tagged. To my amazement I discovered as I unwound the samples they got older and they went back to the Victorian era if not older. Unfortunately they were all very badly damaged. The use of numerous pins to secure each piece of lace had caused rust staining,  and worse the samples were often torn.

To be honest that did not bother me as I wanted to use the lace for crazy quilting. If it had been  in good condition I would not have used them but since they were damaged I felt there was no harm if reclaimed for crazy quilting. I dyed the badly rust stained, repaired what was worth repairing and reclaimed what I could and made something of it.

I have used many of these laces on this quilt and they influenced this quilt in another important way. Because I wanted to use the scraps I had salvaged I decided to make the blocks the size they are. I felt the proportion of the blocks to the laces, highlighted them better than if they had been used on larger blocks. Also many were too small to use on larger blocks.

Crazy Quilt Block 97 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 97 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Cotton
Piece 2: Crepe
Piece 3: Velvet
Piece 4: Velvet
Piece 5: Silk
Piece 6: Silk
Piece 7: Crepe

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.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 14
Total items on this block: 24

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1857

Crazy Quilt Block 97 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 97 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 97

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 626This seam is hand embroidered with detached chain stitch worked in cotton perle #5

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 627

This seam is covered with a braid. Along the edge I used Pistil stitch

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 628

The hand embroidery stitches that have been used above the lace is Feather stitch and Sheaf stitch.

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 629

This is Chevron stitch worked in soft cotton thread. I added bugle beads were added and topped with seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 630The button cluster on Crazy quilt block 97.

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?
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.
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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.

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Crazy Quilt Block 93 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 93Crazy quilt block 93 is possibly one of my favourites. If 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.  You can see the quilt  in the on the CQ details FAQ page.  My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also pulling everything on the quilt from my stash! I did not want to buy new fabrics and items for the quilt.

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

Crazy Quilt Block 93 patternCrazy Quilt Block 93 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Soft furnishing polycotton
Piece 2: Soft furnishing polycotton
Piece 3: Soft furnishing polycotton
Piece 4: Soft furnishing polycotton
Piece 5: Polycotton
Piece 6: Cotton covered with wide brocade ribbon
Piece 7: Tafeta
Piece 8: Soft furnishing polycotton

Item Count: 

As regular readers know I set myself a  personal challenge when making my I dropped the button box quilt.  I wanted to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt.  I am using this series to check the count! This  item count list it the items to date that have been documented in this series of articles.

Fabric: 8
Lace, braid and ribbon: 4
Buttons and charms: 8
Total items on this block: 19

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1778

Crazy Quilt Block 93 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 93 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 93

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 602The first thing I always notice on this block is this vintage button. It sits on a seam that has been decorated with buttonhole stitch. I varied the height of the arms and added a seed bead on the longest arms.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 603The next seam I covered with a band of lace. At the base of the band is line of Herringbone stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton perle #5, that is couching down a thin ribbon. I added seed beads for further embellishment. Along the top I used Pistil stitch arranged in a fan worked using cotton perle #5 thread.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 604Feather stitch  is one of my favourites. You will see me use it again and again. This sample is worked using cotton perle #5 and I added some seed beads to the arms.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 605On this seam I covered it with lace and picked out the pattern of the arches in back stitch. I used cotton perle #8. Along the base of the lace I used detached chain stitches arranges in a small fan with a seed bead at the base.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 606The last is a cluster of vintage buttons that I placed over a brocade ribbon that was secured to the block using Herringbone stitch.

I dropped button box quiltThis 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.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Pistil Stitch Tutorial

Pistil stitch which is really a French Knot with a tail. It is an interesting stitch which is ideal to use for the centre of flowers or arranged in a circle as flower motif. The weight of the thread will determine the size of the finished stitch. You can also work this stitch using silk ribbon.

Crazy Quilt Block 93 detail 603Pistil stitch is also known as long tack knot stitch and Italian knot stitch but the most common name is Pistil stitch.

Some people find it better to work with the fabric stretched in an embroidery hoop. I recommend that you use a milliner needle as they are the secret weapon in creating many of the knotted stitches. Most embroidery needles have an eye that is wider than the shaft of the needle. Milliners or straw needles have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding any of the knotted stitches easy. This works for any stitch where part of the process involves wrapping the thread around the needle and then moving the thread along the needle in order to complete the stitch.

To hand embroider Pistil stitch

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 11. Bring the thread to the front of your fabric. Wrap the thread around the needle twice as you would a french knot and insert the needle back into the fabric a little distance from where it emerged, holding the ‘tail’ of the knot taut and flat to the fabric.

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 22. Take the needle and thread through to the back of the fabric.

 

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 43. At this point it is sometimes helpful to brush the knot down the shaft of the needle with left thumb nail so that it is sitting firmly on the fabric.

 

step by step tutorial for pistil stitch 34. Hold the knot with your thumb as you pull the thread through to the back of the fabric.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!

 

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Crazy quilt template set 2

Have you seen my Stitchers templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers 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.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here