Introducing block 26 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

Introducing block 26 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

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Time to introduce block 26! That means we are now just over one quarter of the way through documenting this quilt as there are 100 blocks in the quilt. I hope readers are still enjoying this process.

In this block you will see lots of fabrics that are not often used in crazy quilting. I used them deliberately because someone once told me I should only use good material s like lace and brocade etc. Since I have an overflow of cheap nasty costuming fabrics I used those simply because that is what is at hand and I felt it was actually staying true to the tradition. Other stuff on the block like the gold ric rac that runs along the edge of seam 7 is fairly crass and hideous but it was a challenge to make it work that I enjoyed. So this block is really a case of saying I can use what I want.

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Synthetic satin
  • Piece 2: Metallic after five dress (found in a second hand shop)
  • Piece 3: Elastic stretch lace (used in a costume but made to be used in underwear)
  • Piece 4: Lycra with a silver paint
  • Piece 5: Nylon stretch lace over cotton
  • Piece 6: Recycled Chinese brocade
  • Piece 7: Metallic after five dress fabric
  • Piece 8: Wide velvet ribbon over lycra

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Item Count: 

This quilt is a Y2K quilt which is made up of 2001 different elements. By element I mean either a different fabric, lace, braid, charm, buttons or ribbon. This count is an ongoing count of items and pieces in the quilt blocks documented so far.

  • Fabric: 8
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 4
  • Buttons: 9
  • Total items on this block: 21
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far 512

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.
I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use but I retain all copyright. Please attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and republish online. Link please, do not republish.

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  1. It’s a beautiful block. The colors are just gorgeous. The pink lace bit is a gem. Not too bad for throwing a bunch of junky fabrics together. Of course, I never would have known!


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