The first is a little detail is easily missed as the eye lands on the butterfly charm but beneath it is a piece of dyed nylon lace that is secured with french knots. The fabric in the bottom right of the photo is lycra. It was some fabric left over from costuming and some fabric snob had annoyed me, informing me that only natural fabrics should be used on blocks. Well, I did not say anything but included some of the worst lycra in the block. The fabric really is kitsch with silver speckles and the like. It sort of annoys me when people say you can and can not do this or that in crazy quilting as there really are no rules.
The next detail and the last on this block is a seam covered with some hand dyed lace. The line of little floral motifs are made up detached chain stitches, straight stitch for the stems and bullion knots for the flowers. All are worked in hand dyed cotton perle #8 thread.
I will start on the block 73 next week!
This article is part of a regular series which illustrates the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. If you want to read more articles like this look under Crazy Quilt details category
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
Each block on this quilt has a free pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.