2020 crazy quilt block 7

2020 crazy quilt block 7Please 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 7 blank and nunstitchedThis 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 7 patternAs 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

2020 crazy quilt block 7 detail 3The 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.

2020 crazy quilt block 7 detail 2

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!

2020 crazy quilt block 7 detail 1This 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

Total 21
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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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.

19 Comments

  1. Hi Sharon!

    I love this block. Love the colors, the alien flowers, and . . . well,. . .just everything about it. I’m hoping to still participate in the challenge. I did a bit of designing, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

    I’ve decided to go back to teaching (probably 3rd grade) full time, so I’ll be living and breathing that for a while. LOL

    I also have quite a few UFOs/WIPs to work on. One of which, I def should put first before anything else.

    My curiosity was piqued by a poster’s question about your Camino experience(s)? If it is something personal, please don’t feel you need to answer. I’m just naturally nosey, and I always liked Caminos (the cars).

    Have a great Labor Day weekend! In-Joy!

    Karen
  2. Hi, I want to known if I can print this pattern nr. 7 and all the other patterns before? Also the same for the explanations.
    I like to make this crazy quilts at my time and speed, because for the moment I have a lot of other things to finish first.
    Sorry for my English but I speak Dutch.

    Rose Van Nieuwenborgh
  3. Thanks for sharing your process, I can see the use of your wonderful templates in some of the stitched lines. The block is beautiful. I too love Gerry’s buttons, I have a chipmunk, pansy, and goldfinch of her delightful work.

    Marianne Squire-Maszer
  4. A question Sharon and perhaps a silly one at that, feel free to either answer it or not 🙂

    Do you think you approach your textile work is any different now you have had your Camino experience? Do you ‘see’ any differently now than you did before you went (on either walk)… Could a viewer look at your blocks and notice even subtly a change “before” and “after”… Just curious

    1. Hi Sharon – I think things changed a little after the last camino – but I don’t think my blocks have changed- I decided to sketch more and at the moment I playing with a few new ideas – a sort of improv quilt with embroidery – but it’s at the exploring stage. I have dozens of photos that could be used for embroidery designs and some ideas for new stuff here but its all still percolating around. I probably could write a ‘have a cuppa post’ about it but I will do it when the ideas have formulated into something more solid. Otherwise is all sounds like waffle.

      sharonb
  5. Your work is amazing and your attention to detail leaves me speechless (and that means heaps if I’m speechless ). No wonder you are such a successful author. See you soon.

    Margaret Roberts
  6. Well done, Sharon. My quilt has been put on hold temporarily while I make items for the Northam Show. I’m putting in 13 things – all sewn, knitted or crocheted. The show is 7-8th Sept, then I can get back to block 4. I’m loving “finding” trims and laces and trinkets that I swear I have never seen before although obviously I have because it was me who put them away in boxes in the first place. Glad you are able to get back into your cq again and yes, I can well imagine you bouncing around the room with a silly grin on your face, lol.

    Vivienne Garforth

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