This was my starting point for the 2020 crazy quilt block 11. As I have said before, I have noticed that beginners often worry over the look of an unembellished crazy quilt block. Many blocks start out looking distinctly dodgy. The thing you learn, however, is that by the time a block is embroidered and embellished, it looks totally different.
Every time I share one of these blocks, I also share a photo of the unembellished block so that beginners don’t feel so worried about the block they produce. Stitching adds another layer of visual interest and can often pull a block together while embellishing. So, if you are new to crazy quilting, don’t fret too much about how you begin. Just keep on stitching!
Feel free to use the basic pattern of my 2020 challenge Block 11 if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides and measure 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 11
Before I discuss the embellishments, embroidery and details on 2020 crazy quilt block 11, remember that the aim of the 2020 challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt by the END of the year 2020. (I emphasise END because some people feel they don’t have time to do it – this is a big hint … you do!) Items that are the same can be used twice on the quilt but must only be counted once. A counted ‘item’ can be material, an object (such as buttons beads etc), an embroidery technique (thread painting, Brazilian embroidery, ribbon embroidery etc) or a type of stitch.
The first photograph highlights a small button cluster set beside the seam, which is covered with a patterned ribbon. I worked herringbone stitch alongside the ribbon using a rayon thread. On the ribbon itself, I worked straight stitches using a green metallic thread. Here you can also see whipped back stitch above a line of buttonhole stitch.
On this side of the block, I couched a thicker mauve pink thread that attracted me because it has little silver metallic highlights in it. I also scattered a good few butterflies about. The little organic leaf motifs are stitched in silk ribbon and the same green metallic thread used on the other side of the block. The lace flowers have a dome shaped bead in the middle.
The last detail is a seam which I covered with a hand dyed lace. Using my templates I marked the scallops and stitched them in stem stitch using a hand dyed cotton perle #8.
What is the count on 2020 challenge block 11?
Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread is not counted.
- Fabrics: 6
- Lace ribbon and braids: 3
- Lace motifs: 3
- Buttons 4:
- Beads 1: half cup metal beads
- Charms: 7
- Threads: 8 Caron watercolour 199, hand dyed #8 cotton Perle, green metallic, Pale blue rayon, couched mauve cotton with silver metalic, mid blue rayon, pale green silk ribbon, Pale blue metalic braid
- Stitches: 3 Herringbone stitch, Crossed buttonhole, Whipped back stitch
Total 35 items on my 2020 challenge block 11
2020 challenge block 11 bring the total of items used to date to 302!
A useful printable resource for everyone!
I get many questions about managing and tracking the count of items, as it’s a bit of a task in this challenge to keep track of what you use. I have some wonderful news about a shared resource that helps with this!
Janis Stoker of Journeys With Janis has incorporated all the suggestions I made for things you might count in the challenge and has created a PDF printable to help you keep track of what you use! Janis has generously offered to share it and share it with you all! If you can use it for the challenge please do so – you can download this printable here. No strings attached – no email required or anything like that. I would like to thank Janis for making this handy tracking sheet available to the community.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 challenge Block 11. If you want to see my other blocks you can find them under the 2020 Crazy Quilt Category. To find out more about the challenge, you will find the guidelines and list of resources here
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.