Crazy quilt block 92 is a little on the autobiographical side as it has a small plastic charm of a house with a sold sign. It marks when we sold out house in Western Australia in order to move East. It was a good move. One of the things we did before we left was sell part of our library as transport costs were so high. I felt the fabric with a print of books on it suited the theme. What is the duck doing there? Well it is a long story but my husband used to play in band called “Mucky Duck”
As usual you can click on the block to see a larger version.
Crazy Quilt Block 92 Fabric content:
- Piece 1: quilters cotton
- Piece 2: Silk
- Piece 3: Polycotton
- Piece 4: Polycotton
- Piece 5: Synthetic after 5 wear fabric
- Piece 6: quilters cotton
- Piece 7: velvet
My personal challenge when I made this quilt 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. In other words I am using this series to check the count!
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 4
Total items on this block: 14
Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1758
Crazy Quilt Block 92 free Pattern
The Seam details on Crazy Quilt Block 92
The first detail is a little tiny section that can easily be missed. It is a seam of laced arrow stitch.
This seam was first covered with lace then I decorated the lace with straight stitches and seed beads.
This seam is decorated with Crossed Buttonhole worked in perle #5 thread and further decorated with floral novelty beads. I created a leaf and stem from straight stitch and detached chain stitch worked in the same perle #5 thread.
Another way I decorated this block was to use feather stitch that is worked in a hand dyed cotton perel thread #5 and then arranged little floral spikes using detached chain stitch, and straight stitch. These are emphasied with a bright yellow bead.
On these seams I laced running stitch with rayon ribbon floss (the green thread)
These are the buttons on the block I am often asked about buttons as I do just place them on top of embroidery or lace or braid. I situate them where I think they will look best as they draw the viewers eye to that point.
Finally here is the small house charm that provoked the block to become themed.
If you are a new reader to this site, the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines. My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!
This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from the I dropped the button box quilt, while also documenting each block. You can find the blocks listed 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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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block. I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.
The arrow stitch with the blue beads in the close-up is great.
As is the woven red cord with the iridescent beads above it.