Crazy Quilt Block 95 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 95Crazy quilt block 95 is weird mix of stuff! As readers know when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use my stuff on it since it is a Y2K quilt not only was I drawing from stash but I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.

So… some blocks like this one were a challenge. That said it was on blocks like this that I learnt the most. By this stage of the process I was using anything that would make up a block so that piece 4 is Elastic lace used in underwear construction in order to stabilise it I backed it with cotton. I guess no on can accuse me of being a fabric snob.

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

Crazy Quilt Block 95 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 95 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 2: Quilters cotton
Piece 3: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 4: Elastic lace used in underwear backed with cotton
Piece 5: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 6: Quilters cotton
Piece 7: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 8: Cotton covered with nylon lace

Item Count: 

The on going item count below represents the unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons documented 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: 1818

Crazy Quilt Block 95 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 95 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 95

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 614On this patch (Piece 7) I covered the plain cotton with some nylon lace. I then embroidered these small motifs. I created them using cotton perle #5 thread to work Oyster stitch. I added some straight stitches in a Metallic thread to and then finished them off by adding a small bead.

crazy-quilt-detail-615This seam is covered with Twisted Chain Stitch worked in Rayon Ribbon Floss and then I added the black bugle beads.

crazy-quilt-detail-616This extended seam started off with a line of Buttonhole stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread, to which I added detached chain stitches that are worked in a hand dyed fine crochet  cotton. I left the space for the bagel beads and added them last. On the other side of the buttonhole I added straight stitches and Oyster stitch worked in stranded cotton floss (2 stands).

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 617Ric Rac was first attached to cover this seam, then I secured it firmly with Zig zag chain stitch. I then worked straight stitches using a hand dyed,  fine crochet cotton before adding the black seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 618Two seams can be seen in the photo above. The most noticeable consists of two lines of Detached chain stitches laced with Chenille thread.  Above the buttons is a smaller seam that  is Herringbone stitch that is laced with a second thread. Also you can see a piece of recycled jewellery that I added as charm. It is hand painted and quite delightful.

Crazy Quilt Block 95 detail 619

These are some of the vintage buttons I used on the block.

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 

A tutorial on how to make a Ric Rac Rose or two

Some people call it ric rac other call it rick rack but no matter what you call the stuff it can make great roses. Here are tutorials for two different types that you can incorporate in your sewing or craft projects.

How to make a Ric Rac Rose 1

Depending on the size of the ric-rac you will need between 8 – 12 inches ric rac. The wider the ric rac the longer the piece you will need and it will obviously make a larger rose.

Thread a needle with sewing cotton that is the same colour of the ric-rac.

How to make a Ric Rac rose step 1Fold the end of your piece of ric rac  by crossing on piece in front as illustrated. Have about half an inch lap over.

How to make a Ric Rac rose step 2Roll the ric- rac tightly about 3 or 4 times until the folded end is tucked in. This forms the middle of the flower

I found it useful to put a few stitches in the base of the flower at this stage.

How to make a Ric Rac rose step 3Continue rolling the ric-rac around the flower fairly tightly twisting every second V over in on itself.

Do this 4-5 times. If the flower slips in your hand add a few stitches at the base as you go.

How to make a Ric Rac rose step 4As you reach the outer edge of the rose continue rolling the ric-rac around a few more times NOT twisting the V. This forms the outer petals of the flower which you can ease out a bit once it is stiched so they look as if they are in full bloom.

Stitch the base and you have a rose!

Second type of Ric Rac Rose

Using about 16 inches of ric-rac fold it in half and lace it so that it ends up looking like this.


How to make a Ric Rac rose step 1From the fold in the ric-rac roll it tight 3 or 4 times and put a few stitches in the base of the flower to hold it firm.

Wrap the ric-rac around the flower another 3-4 times holding it together with the odd stitch at the base.


How to make a Ric Rac rose step 2When you have a good flower middle continue wrapping but twist the interlaced ric-rac. These twists create the outer petals so do it for two or three rounds of the rose.

How to make a Ric Rac rose step3Stitch them down at the base as you go.


Trim the ends fold under and stitch them in place


How to make a Ric Rac rose step 4You have a ric-rac rose!

Hope the tutorial is useful and have fun.