Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 535

Crazy quilt block 82This detail is found on block 82 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt. Click on the thumbnail of the block to read more about the block itself and collect a free pattern.

This seam was first covered with some nylon lace that I had hand dyed using disperse dyes as it was a nylon lace. I then covered the base of the lace with a thin commercial braid. On one side of this braid I added a row of detached chain stitches worked in cotton perle #8. The stitches are units of 3 arranged in fan shape. At the base of the fan shape I added a seed bead.

Stitched over the nylon lace on the other side of the braid I  added a line of bullion knots that I wrapped with a detached chain. The thread is a hand dyed cotton that is the same thickness and perle #5. To tie off the detached chain I used a single oyster stitch. I completed the motif with two straight stitches either side of the detached chain wrapped bullion before adding some oval beads.

crazy quilt seam detail

I dropped button box quilt

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. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 82

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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  1. I love this block! Also I like the idea of using the thin braid to cover the edge of the lace. This is great for covering the raw edge of those laces where you have to cut off the gathering binding.

    Thanks for all you do, Sharon.


    Nicky Lowitz
  2. I like this seam. It is so pretty and looks quite simple; but when you read what has gone into it you realise that it’s full of work. So often a seam can be ‘overworked’ and comes out looking ‘fussy’ but this is so elegant. Thanks Sharon.


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