Please put on your imagination hats and then imagine me bounding into the room, with a big silly grin on my face waving my 2020 crazy quilt block 7 enthusiastically. It is great to be back home stitching, pulling out stuff for this challenge, making a mess and having fun. Yes, block 7 is now finished and bound.
The aim of the 2020 challenge, is to make 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. I figure this is a leisurely and enjoyable project, as I have a couple of years to complete it. The fun is in finding and using 2020 different items.
This was my starting point for block 7. I have started to share my unembellished blocks, as many people who start out get worried over the look of the block before they start stitching. For me, it is often the embellishing that pulls a block together. I used 5 pieces of fabric and during the piecing process, I added the braid/trim, the lace and the cut doily.
As usual, here is the basic pattern of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, for those who want to use it. Before you ask, all my hexagons have 4-inch sides and measures 8 inches across from point-to-point but you can use this pattern for other sized hexagons too.
Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 7
The first photograph illustrates how I embellished the braid/trim with vintage sequins and bead scallops. Between the sequins, I placed a white vintage flower shaped novelty bead and I spaced a French Knot (counted on block 1) between the sequins.
The next detail is a version of chain stitch (version two on this page in my stitch dictionary). First, I worked the foundation row in a hand dyed cotton #5 perle thread then whipped it with a Threadworx thread called Pastel Sunset (I am not affiliated or get any kickback just thought it’s such a pretty thread people would want to know what it is) The butterflies are a vintage plastic button!
This section is a little complex. As you can see I beaded the lace. The strange alien flower motifs above the lace are made of Stem stitch (counted on block 1), Detached Chain Stitch (counted on block 1), both worked in a Caron watercolours thread (also not affiliated, nor do I gain financially). The little raised disk-shaped flowers are made of Cast on Stitch (counted on block 2) using one of my hand dyed cotton perle #8 threads. the little round disk-like daisy shape beads are plastic and pretty cheap as I found them in a discount store.
The rabbit button here is something I have hoarded for years as it was such a treat to have. It is a hand-painted mother-of-pearl button done by Gerry Krueger. Her hand-painted buttons are really the cutest things and simply gorgeous. She does have an Etsy store and writes a blog: Older Rose. Follow the link if you want to see her stuff and read her blog (also not affiliated just love her buttons! )
When I shared on Facebook a work in progress shot of this block I was asked about how I was keeping track of the number of things I had used so that the count was not muddled. I keep a studio journal and here you can see the page. I have scraps of the fabric and a piece of the braid/trim used on the block, bits of thread taped in as stitched and the card that Gerry’s button was on. It has her website so if ever I want that information it is there. You can see I also print out a photo of the block and glue it in when it’s done and keep a running tally of what is what.
Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 7
Seed and bugle beads are not counted.
- Fabrics: 5
- Lace braid/trim and doily: 3
- Buttons 3: 1 hand painted 2 different coloured butterflies
- Beads and sequins 4: vintage white flowers beads, round disk-shaped flower beads, pale glass face beads, vintage sequins.
- Threads: 5 hand-dyed cotton perle #5, hand-dyed cotton perle #8, Threadworx Pastel Sunset, Caron Watercolour, pale yellow silk ribbon.
- Stitches: 1 Whipped chain Version 2
Previous tally 164
2020 crazy quilt block 7 bring the total of items used to date to 185!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 crazy quilt block 7. The aim is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. If you want to find out more about the challenge. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here
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