CQ Detail 79

CQ Detail 79

crazy quilt block detail

This detail is actually 3 details but I thought they could all be covered in one post. First there is the seam treatment, then the lace motif and finally the charm


This seam is covered with a piece of braid. Each side of the braid is embellished with a line of stitching. The bottom  of the braid is straight stitch and the top of the braid is a line of Oyster stitch with an extra straight stitch added to the end of the stitch.


The oyster stitches are worked in DMC perle thread #8.

A hand dyed silk was used for the straight stitches worked along the base of the braid.

Placement and Foundation Fabric:

This seam is between piece 3 and pieces 1 and 2 on the diagram of block 11. In the same post I wrote about the fabrics I used on the block.

Type of braid

This braid was found in remnant bag in a soft furnishings shop.


The lace motif was hand dyed by me and I embellished a little further with seed beads.


Procion cold water dyes for the silk thread


The little blue bird has sentimental value as the first necklace I was give as a girl of 12 was a small blue bird. When i saw the charm it immediately took me back so I included it on the block.


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.
For a stitch guide to hand embroidery stitches, instructions can be found in my stitch dictionary


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