Block 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

I dropped button box quiltBlock 81 on the I Dropped the Button Box Crazy Quilt has a marine theme too it. Usually when I share a block pattern I write about that and  then at a later date share the seam embellishments in other posts but with this block I don’t think it will work so there is an eye candy warning ahead as I will talk abut the details on the block too.

As usual if you click the thumbnail of the quilt, or the thumbnail of quilt block, in each case you can see a larger version.

The block I am going to talk about today is block 81. It sits on the far left hand side of the quilt second row up from the bottom. As you can see unlike other blocks in the series that have distinct seam embellishments this block has been treated like a back layer to a picture.

Crazy quilt block 81

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Synthetic
  • Piece 2: Silk devore burnout over a dark cotton foundation fabric
  • Piece 3: Synthetic
  • Piece 4: A flocked Synthetic after five fabric
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Silk

Crazy quilt block 81 diagramItem Count: 

When I made this quilt the challenge was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:2
  • Buttons and charms: 8
  • Total items on this block: 16
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1536

Crazy quilt block 81 patternDetail 533

The block has a U shaped formation of feather stitches and up and down feather stitch in hand dyed cotton, hand dyed silk and metalic threads. These are worked over couched novelty yarns such as the tubular knitting yarn secured by the seahorse charm,  in the detail below. French knots and seed beads are interspersed with larger beads, charms and some bugle beads.

Crazy quilt detail 533

Detail 534

The most noticeable detail on this block is the ‘jelly fish’ that sits on a band of hand dyed lace. It is made of a shiny plastic button. For tendrils I used a synthetic metallic yarn that I teased out a little before couching it to the block.  The fish charms are hand made glass beads that I found at a craft fair.

Crazy quilt detail 534Free Crazy quilt block patterns
As I write this series I am diagraming out each block on the I dropped the button box crazy quilt and giving away the block patterns. The  links to these pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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  1. It was the jelly fish that first struck me, too. So charming. However, I am impressed by the great collection of charms you have. On this block they are all sea creatures playing hide ‘n seek in the tangle of feather , up and down buttonhole, Portuguese stem (?) stitches and the French Knot bubbles….

  2. I love the block especially the jellyfish. I’ve picked up little odds and ends for years knowing that some day I would find a use for them. You’ve demonstrated a great way to savor all of those little things.

    Carole Dyer

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