CQ detail 340

CQ detail 340

crazy quilt hand embroidered seam detail

Seam decoration on crazy quilt block

This is part of crazy quilt block 50. This seam started with a line of feather stitch worked using a hand dyed silk thread. Then I return to add cast-on flowers using the same thread. I then added a seed bead to the middle of each flower.

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. However, you must attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and reprint them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing.


  1. Thanks Gail. It is a very nice way to start the day when I get a message like this. I am pleased your quilt was a success. It is nice when all that hand work goes into it when people appreciate it. Enjoy the compliments.

    Sharon B
  2. I've become so hooked on making crazy quilt squares. Just started my 4th quilt. My family and friends see what I've done and want one. I've used bunches of your "dropped the button box" templates. Followed your stitch dictionary. This week at quilting I showed one of the ladies my Oyster stitches. It took me so long to master this stitch. She said she has been embroidering since she was 7 and thought she had known all the stitches there were. I hung my first crazy quilt in a show and people just raved about the laces and buttons. They wanted to know all the different stitches. Hope I've gushed enough about my love of Pintangle.


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