Crazy Quilt Block 97 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 97Crazy quilt block 97 is another favourite. 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 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 

TAST Week 35 Highlights

Sample of hand embroidered Sheaf Stitch Once again I took far too long trying to decided what samples to feature but after much skipping about on peoples blogs, and websites I made a final decision.

Last week I asked if people wanted a catchup week. The votes to take a week off, out number those against. Tomorrow I will announce officially a catch up week.

Since in all probability it will be the last before the run up to the end of the year and the associated busy seasonal celebrations enjoy it!

First featured sample comes from Leela who shared her sample over on her blog and worked this delightful fan.

Sample of hand embroidered Sheaf Stitch

Debbie over on Jerusalem Notes tied her sheaf stitch off with beads. She said she didn’t like it but I like what she did!

Sample of hand embroidered Sheaf Stitch

Over on Pierres, Papiers, Ciseaux this delightful sample was worked in almost a canvas work style. Pop over to her blog for notes about the stitch and threads used

Sample of hand embroidered Sheaf Stitch Once again Chris of Ella’s Craft creations caught my eye with her interpretation. Visit her blog for more close up details

Sample of hand embroidered Sheaf Stitch Annet over on Fat Quarter developed a lovely variety of sheaf stitch. Visit her blog for more varieties and experimentation.

Hope you have enjoyed the featured samples this week.

Further information about the TAST challenge

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

Sheaf Stitch Tutorial

Sheaf Stitch Sample 4Sheaf Stitch is a quick, easily worked hand embroidery stitch that is ideal for beginners and children yet it versatile enough to keep advanced embroiderers intrigued.  This stitch is often underestimated.

It looks good in a thread that has a firm twist such as cotton perle #5 or Cotton Perle #8 if you like a finer embroidered texture. In my samples I have used Caron Watercolours thread which is a variegated thread on a hand dyed 27cnt Linda fabric.   One ply of Caron Watercolour thread is about the same weight as a #5 pearl cotton but the twist is not quite so firm.

Sheaf Stitch can worked in lines to form a border or you can have a huge amount of fun arranging this stitch in some very attractive patterns. Since I have an addiction to pattern I always enjoy this stitch!

Sheaf Stitch is also very effective when you vary the length of each bar or add to the number of the bars.

Sheaf Stitch Sample1How to hand embroider Sheaf Stitch

Bring the needle out at the top of where you want your stitch to be and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the middle stitch in the sheaf

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 1Point you needle to the right bringing the needle out to the right. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial2Take the needle to the to the top insert the needle and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the right hand side stitch in the sheaf.

Point your needle to the left bringing the needle out to the left. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 3Point you needle to the left centre of the middle straight stitch. Pull your thread through.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 4Thread your needle under the left straight stitch.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 5Take your thread over the top and pass your needle under the right straight stitch. Insert the needle in the middle and take the thread to the back.

Sheaf Stitch step by step tutorial 6Pull snug to make a small cross bar.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2You can arrange Sheaf stitch in patterns.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3I hope you enjoy the stitch!