2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonTime to share my next block I have worked for the 2020 challenge! The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources are here.  I will start off sharing a photo of the finished block and what it started life looking like. I have been hiding things on the block. This time around I have two items (counted as one) that are hidden insight. You are bound to spot them in the close ups, but in life they are not easily noticed on the block.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon Boggon unembellishedAs you can see there are 6 pieces of fabric and piece of shibori silk ribbon which I treated as you would a piece of fabric.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 pattern by Sharon BoggonHere is the pattern for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 3

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 1 The first detail I will write about runs along the side of piece 7. This decoration is made of is made of  threaded double chevron stitch (not in my stitch dictionary yet). It is made up of two rows of Chevron stitch worked in Cotton perle #5 (not counted as it has been previously used in this project), then laced with a hand dyed tubular knitting yarn before adding a row of metal heart shaped beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 2The seam that runs along piece 5 is decorated first with cotton lace which I then added a line of Fargo Roses worked in a hand dyed 7mm silk ribbon. Next I butted a line of buttonhole stitch worked in  Edmar Lola Rayon thread, before adding some dolls buttons. These are in different shades but I counted them as one item.

Next to the cotton lace I have 3 buttons, a vintage heart shaped button, a hexagon button which seemed appropriate to add and on the other side a white round vintage button. The heart shaped button has a small shank and the two tucked either side stops it from wobbling about.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 3Above this seam, between piece 3 and 4  I have a line of whipped stem stitch which is worked in cotton perle #5 (not counted) and whipped with a pale green flat silk thread which I also used for the pairs of  Detached Chain stitch (counted on block 1). I then added flower shaped cup sequins secured with a seed bead. In this close up you will also see the items that are “hidden in sight”. These little butterflies that are the size of sequin, are not easily seen on the block as they sit on a background fabric that that is of a similar tone and colour. They are a little surprise for someone to notice if they look. I counted them as 1 item.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 5Using my templates I traced off the line to establish the stem for the floral motif that runs up the middle of the block. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) worked in cotton perle #5 and the two leaf shapes are of course Detached Chain Stitch (counted on block 1). I then arranged the “flowers” made up of heart shaped mother of pearl beads.  Poking out of each “flower” I used straight stitch  (counted on block 1) topped with a seed bead. For these I used a green/aqua silk thread that is about the thickness of cotton perle #8. The bead tassels I have directions for in my book (page 139).

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 8Here is a closer detail of the heart flowers.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 7The seam that buts piece 6 I added seed beads too and French Knots (counted on block 1) using a hand dyed cotton perle #8.

2020 crazy quilt block 3 detail 6The lace butterfly was easy to embellish with seed beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 2 studio journalFor those who are interested in how I am keeping track. I am using a spiral bound sketch book. As I pieced the block I stuck in a small scrap of the fabric (I did not do this with the shibori ribbon as I had o scrap!)  I did the same with threads noting what they were and I photographed the completed block. Basically I am taking notes along the way of the stitches I use etc and checking the notebook as I go. After about 20-30 blocks its easier to flick through the pages than lay out all the blocks checking to see if you have used a particular bead or thread. I will at some stage start an alphabetical list of stitches used for easier reference (probably at the back of the notebook). As you can see in comparison to some of the people who are doing the challenge and have shared how they are keeping track my system is far from fancy!

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 3

Seed beads,  Bugle beads Stranded cotton floss, cotton Perle thread are not counted

Fabric: 7 (includes the shibori silk ribbon)
Lace: 2
Buttons: 4 Vintage heart shaped button, dolls buttons, hexagon button, white round vintage button
Novelty beads: 4 metal heart shaped beads, flower shaped cup sequins, little butterflies, heart shaped mother of pearl beads
Lace motif: 1 buttterfly
Specialty threads: 6 hand dyed tubular knitting yarn, Edmar Lola Rayon thread, 7mm hand dyed silk ribbon ( for the Fargo Roses), pale green flat silk thread, hand dyed cotton perle #8, green/aqua silk thread
Stitches: 3 Buttonhole stitch, Fargo Roses , Whipped stem stitch

Total 27
Previous tally 65

Total of items to date 92

I hope you have enjoyed what I have doneon my 2020 crazy quilt block 3. The aim is make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here 

Admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share there work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

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 about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.With my templates you are able to 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 Crazy Quilt 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 Crazy Quilt Templates

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

 

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This is more than a hand embroidery sampler

As I sat to write this, I thought this is more than a embroidery sampler. It is not just the size which is 96 feet long it is that I have lived with parts of this cloth sitting in my sewing box for years and years as I started doing it in 1996. If you are not aware of the whole back story you will find it here. The reason I say it is more than a regular hand embroidery sampler is that I always enjoy experimenting with hand embroidery stitches even  the very basic ones, but as time went on I added more and more snippets of text that marked events in my life.

hand embroidery sampler detail 714

In this area I was playing around with basic stitches. In this case I was working back stitch using a hand dyed thread. This is a blackwork filling pattern but the hand dyed thread gives it a modern twist.

hand embroidery sampler detail 715This is also back stitch worked as a chevron pattern. Hopefully beginners will see what is possible with some of the basic stitches.

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The next band of my embroidery sampler is running stitch worked row upon row.

hand embroidery sampler detail 717

The band after that echos the chevron pattern. It is running stitch worked in a zig zag formation.

hand embroidery sampler detail 718

This is mainly stem stitch worked in various weights of thread. Some are cotton perle #5, others are 3 threads of stranded cotton floss, other threads are wool. There are also French knots and the beads are secured with straight stitch.

hand embroidery sampler detail 719

The next area is mainly worked in chain stitch in different threads. There is some hand dyed cotton perle #5, some  wool and some linen thread. I also used  French knots and once again the beads are secured with straight stitches.

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I often stitch while watching the evening news. Often snippets are incorporated in my stitching. I was pleased to hear that we were declared to be finally out of drought when the next news story was that there were floods in Pakistan. I added this using a dark green perle #8 cotton to work the letters in back stitch.

hand embroidery sampler detail 721

This is another area of back stitch that is worked in cotton thread. I added  big chunky beads and woven cross stitch worked in wool.

Needlework embroidery sampler section 51 cI hope you enjoy seeing these are details of my hand embroidery sampler. They are bands 714 to 721 of a section of the sampler which was worked between June and December of 2010. The sampler itself is only 6 inches wide but it is 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long you can read about why it exists on the Sampler FAQ page

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Waving at the start of a new week and of course since it is Monday it is time for a round up of the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) highlights.

First of all of course in my “featured” article this week, I want  to say thanks to Annet  as the TAST logo stitched by Annet on Fat Quarter is an example of stem stitch.

Every  week choosing what to feature is hard as the examples are so good. So make a cuppa and I will share with you some of the samples that caught my eye.   Do make sure you visit the comments section on week 15  and take a look at the links people have left because there is a plenty of more good stuff to see. Although I try and keep the featured sites to 5 in total if you visit the sites you will see why I ran over the number, every week!

stem stitch sample

Luiz Vaz who is active on Stitchin fingers but has a new blog Embroiderland worked this sample (It’s worth adding this blog to your RSS feed as Luiz does some great work.)

stem stitch sample Severine Allais stitched an image on a postcard.

stem stitch sample

Raphaela on Textile Explorations worked this lovely composed work that incorporated buttons!

stem stitch sample

Over on Claudias blog you will find another scene worked in stem stitch.

stem stitch sample

Anneliese worked her sample of stem stitch on a piece of hand printed fabric.

stem stitch sample

Jane Lyttle on Stitchin fingers worked this sample on a crazy quilt block and added a bright pink bird!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these few samples dont forget to check out the comments on TAST week 15, follow the links and see what else people have been doing