This detail on block 79 started off with a line of back stitch worked a little loosely so that I could thread a thicker thread through it. The thread is a type of knitting yarn that is a bit like a thicker chainette. I laced it in and out of the back stitch then secured it with some small bugle beads. It is a very quick and easy seam treatment for crazy quilting that a new hand to crazy quilting can easily work.
The buttons were added after the embroidery and are two modern buttons that went well with the block.
The next detail is easily missed on the block as it is only an inch long. The seam decoration consists of a line of tied herringbone stitch that is topped with detached chain stitch. I added some small red beads along the seam to draw the eye a little. I did not want this seam to be to strong as it sits next to the buttons on the block and I did not want it to compete. So to keep it in control I stitched it in a thread that was similar in colour and tone to the fabric.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.
Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
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