Crazy quilt block 100 is of course the last in this series and I thought I would share with you a reminder of what the quilt looks like (click on the photos if you want to see a larger size) as feels quite momentous to be writing this post!
To be honest it looks better in life than it does as photograph as there are 2 pieces of fabric that all have a metallic copper thread through them. Each piece of fabric is unique but the colour is similar. The cords and ribbon on the block are also of a metallic thread in them that has a copper tone. Basically because when you see this block it glitters a bit it has more life than the photograph.
As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.
Crazy Quilt Block 100 Fabric content:
Piece 1: velvet
Piece 2: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: taffeta
Piece 4: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 5: synthetic
Piece 6: metallic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 7: teddy bear fabric with high pile
As regular readers know that the challenge to this quilt was use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going count list below list the number to date.
Lace, braid and ribbon: 2
Buttons and charms: 8
Total items on this block: 17
Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1909
But you will notice I am short! Oh No! But wait a minute look at what I did when joined my quilt blocks …
Buttons are at most corners – making up the short fall! It looks like I dropped the button box and it is how the quilt got its name.
Crazy Quilt Block100 free Pattern
How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 100
Because this seam was on velvet I used simple straight stitches and beads to decorate it.When ever a seam is little thick to stitch through I use tricks like this.
Here is simple line of herringbone with added beads. I kept the seams simple because there was so many metallics on the block.
On this seam used Detached chain stitches
The button cluster is mix of modern and vintage buttons.
I hope you have enjoyed the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt series. Each article offers a free block pattern from the quilt. The articles in the series are all listed and linked to on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.
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