CQ Detail 50

CQ Detail 50

This morning I will talk about two details. The first is the floral motif pictured above and the second is  the lace that runs beside the seam.


The floral motif is made up of  bullion knot roses, fly stitch leaves and French knots.

The lace and seam are both embellished with  detached chain stitch and straight stitch.


The bullion roses and French knots are both worked in a hand dyed cotton the same weight and thickness as perle thread #8.

The leaves are worked in both wool and cotton. A strand of each was threaded in the needle and worked at the same time as you would work two strands of floss. They were hand dyed together and the different fiber dyed different tones of the same colour.

The thread used to embroider the lace was also hand dyed cotton.

Placement and Foundation Fabric:

This seam is between piece 6  and piece 2. You will find the diagram in the article I wrote when I introduced block 7 In the same article I also talked about the foundation fabrics I used.

Type of lace

I think the lace is cotton rayon mix because of the way it took the dyes.


Procion cold water dyes for the cotton, wool and lace


What is the story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.


  1. I love the lavender or purple roses. Don’t you just love using the bullion stitch? It is so much fun to see how far you can take it. I am thinking about using a long button needle, like they use in applying buttons to pillows and I can get a really long cord. I am going to try to use this to make dread locks on a doll that I made. Will let you know how it turns out.

    Jan MacKay

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