Crazy Quilt Block 80 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is very red! But as you can see if you look at the quilt this block is part of a diagonal line of blocks that all have tones of red and black in them. (If you click on the image of the quilt you will see a larger photograph of it.)
As you can see this a very red block but in the set of the quilt it does not look so dramatic.
Gosh we only have 20 more blocks on this quilt to go. They are all 6 inch blocks and were made as a Y2K quilt so I have 2001 different fabrics, lace, braids, buttons and charms on it.
Anyway on with introducing crazy quilt block 80.
Fabric content for Crazy Quilt Block 80:
- Piece 1: Cotton with a metallic thread woven through it
- Piece 2: metallic evening/costume wear fabric
- Piece 3: Satin
- Piece 4: Cotton
- Piece 5: Heavy Cotton
- Piece 6: Brocade
- Piece 7: Synthetic
Item Count for Crazy Quilt Block 80:
The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. This is a Y2K quilt and the challenge is to use 2000 different bits! I guess you could say it my way of making sure I got the count right! (I have no idea what I will do if I get to the end of this exercise and discover a miscount!)
The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. I guess you could say it my way of making sure I got the count right! (I have no idea what I will do if I get to the end of this exercise and discover a miscount!)
- Fabric: 7
- Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
- Buttons and charms: 5
- Total items on this block: 15
- Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1520
How I hand embroidered and embellished the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 80
As you can see the first detail looks like a big red London bus …well it is not actually a London bus but it is a charm of a London bus. I purchased it as a souvenir when I visited London. It was on one of those hideous tourist key rings. I always look at what is on key rings and often all you need is pair of pliers and bingo you have an interesting charm with a story. The block was very red and I felt once set in the quilt, it was going to stand out like a double decker bus! It does not but at the time I felt it might.
This is a very simple and quick seam embellishment. I used a commercially made gimp braid to cover the small seam in the middle of the block. Next I stitched the braid to the block and then added red/orange beads.
I often dye lace and use it to cover a seam. In this case the hand dyed red lace is set against a black background so I did not need to do too much with it. Using a rayon thread I attached the lace with Detached chain stitch, Oyster stitch and straight stitches.
The Palace guard charm was a little item I collected on the same trip to London as the key ring charm of the London bus. It balances the charm of the london bus which is in the top right hand corner of the block.
Feather stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread covers this seam. I added straight stitches also in cotton perle #5 yellow thread and then continued to pep it up a bit with some small gold beads as the block was looking a bit dark.
The next detail is from the top left corner of Crazy Quilt Block 80. I secured some red ribbon over the seam then added metal beads. Detached chain and straight stitches worked in cotton perle # 8 thread. I added straight stitches using a metallic thread to brighten the corner of the block and draw the eye away from the metallic fabric in the middle of the block.
A line of Sheaf stitch along the seam of pattern piece 4 is worked in hand dyed silk thread that is approximately the same thickness as #5 cotton perle thread.
The seam at right angles to it is Laced herringbone stitch also worked in #5 cotton perle thread.
The last detail on crazy quilt block 80 is a cluster of buttons which sit in the bottom right hand corner of the block. The buttons are fun but I enjoyed the seed bead tassel finished with a tiny set of red dice. They add a fun touch!
This article is part of a series 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. Links to all the series can be found on the CQ details FAQ page
Have you enjoyed this series? If so you may be interested in a tutorial I have written on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. The tutorial is a comprehensive tutorial that I converted to a pdf file (a link to the download is in the article) When I converted it I realised how comprehensive it was. At 19 pages of information it is a mini ebook and resource worth investigating!
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