Introducing Block 71 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

Introducing Block 71 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

crazy quilt seam embroidery detail Block 71 is a bright awkward colour scheme that looks OK in life but does not photograph well.

This series aims to illustrate the hand embroidered seams on my Y2K crazy quilt, block by block. Over the next few weeks I will share articles about the embroidery and embellishments in close detail but for the moment I want to point out that this block was challenge posed to me by a friend over coffee (check out the charms on the block). The challenge was to use ugly cheap stuff. There are two pieces of metallic fabric on the block and in the bottom right hand corner the lace is elastic as it really is meant to be used on under wear!

Someone told me I could not do it – so I tried. This block is the result. It is a “there are no rules in crazy quilting” type response but after finishing it I must admit to going through my fabric scraps and tossing a lot of stuff that I knew would pose more of a challenge to use!  Anyway  I hope readers will enjoy reading about it.

crazy quilt block 71 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: Metallic after 5 wear fabric
  • Piece 2: Synthetic
  • Piece 3: Poly Cotton curtaining
  • Piece 4: Metallic after 5 wear fabric
  • Piece 5: Synthetic covered in nylon lace
  • Piece 6: Synthetic covered in elastic lace
  • Piece 7: Synthetic

Item Count: 

On the quilt I used 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as I did it as Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

  • Fabric: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 17
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1364

crazy quilt block 71 free patternIf you want to see the set of this quilt there is a photograph of the full quilt on the CQ details FAQ page. All articles in this series are categorised as Crazy Quilt details. If you don’t want to miss out on any in this series just follow the link to  Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box.

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.


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