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The first seam I want to draw your attention to is the one that is covered with a small piece of hand dyed lace. It runs diagonally across the photograph between the pansy shaped button and the button cluster. If you look closely won will see I have added seed beads to each flower petal in the pattern of the lace. It just adds a little pop!
Along the top of the lace I used detached chain stitches arranged in a fan formation. I worked these in cotton perle # 8.
The next seam also runs diagonally across the block and I covered it in gimp braid. On the bottom side of the braid I worked straight stitches topped with seed beads. On the top side I works a row of chevron stitch in perle #5 cotton thread. I then laced the chevron stitches with tubular knitting ribbon. Along the top I then added a row of detached chain stitches and straight stitches in little flower formations completing them with a little blue seed bead.
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.