It’s time to share my next block in the 2020 challenge. Here is my 2020 crazy quilt block 5. The hexagon, when finished and bound, has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches from point to point across.
For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge, the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources here.
Meanwhile, back to my starting point for 2020 crazy quilt block 5.
I only used 4 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of hand dyed lace on this block. As I was piecing it, I included some prairie-points made from 1-inch-wide satin ribbon. The ends were tucked into the seam joining pieces 1 and 2.
Here is the pattern for those who want to use it:
Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 5
The first photograph illustrates two details on the block.
The first detail covers the seam that runs between piece 3 and the first 2 pieces on the block. I used my templates to mark the curves and then worked Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a hand-dyed cotton perle #5. I added Oyster stitch worked in the same thread, along the lines. After that, I added some straight stitches to the top in a pinkish Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid (sorry I don’t have the shade number as the label has fallen off) and pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small seed bead. The flower shapes are made of Preciosa Pips which are Czech glass beads in a pale rose copper colour. I arranged them in whole or part circles so they looked like flowers. In the middle, I used some small glass beads that are flower shaped but have a bit of shank so they sit in the middle well.
The next seam is decorated with a line of Triangular buttonhole stitch worked in the same fine pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small blue seed bead.
I then used six flower shaped buttons to form a herbaceous border of flowers. The stems are worked in silk ribbon that has been hand-dyed. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) and Leaf Stitch (counted on Block 4 and can be found on page 133 of my book). This row was fun and quick to do!
The next crazy quilt detail here, is the seam that runs the length of the block along piece 4. I attached some hand dyed lace before beading the edge. The curves were created using my templates and marked using a dissolvable pen. The chain stitch covered the marking. To work these lines I used a hand dyed silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #8 thread. I then tucked some Detached Chain stitches (counted on block 1) into the corners and added the camio last.
Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 5
Seed beads are not counted
Lace and ribbon: 2
Buttons: 6 Vintage buttons
Novelty beads: 2 Preciosa Pips Czech glass beads pale rose copper colour, small glass flower shaped novelty beads.
Charms: 1 camio
Specialty threads: 4 Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid, 4mm hand dyed silk ribbon, hand dyed cotton perle #5, hand dyed cotton perle #5, pale blue cotton perle #12
Stitches: 3 new stitches which are Triangular buttonhole stitch, chain stitch , Oyster stitch
Previous tally 120
Total of items to date 142
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have done on the fifth block of my 2020 crazy quilt. Feel free to ask questions or simply leave a comment.
If you want to join the challenge the guidelines are here and the admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International are happy to see people share their work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person. For those who have blogs, you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.
Have you seen my book?
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, to direct the eye around the block. I also cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.
My Crazy quilters templates
My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.
These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.
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