You have to imagine me sitting in my twirly chair, big silly grin on my face, hand in the air waving to all North, South, East, and West as 2020 crazy quilt block 13 is finished. I have worked out that in order to do this challenge and meet the challenge by the end of the year, I am going to have to set a cracking pace at stitching these. But I figure I am not the only person in that situation!
Enough with the babble, this is what the block started out as. By the time a block is embroidered and embellished, it always morphs into something else and looks totally different. Stitching adds another layer of visual interest and can often pull a block together while embellishing. In this series of articles I share a photo of my unembellished blocks so readers can see how each block starts out. So, if you are new to crazy quilting, don’t fret too much about how you begin. Just keep on stitching!
The pattern for 2020 crazy quilt block 13
Feel free to use the basic pattern of my 2020 challenge Block 13 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.
The 2020 challenge block 13 item count
Briefly incase you a new to this series the aim of the 2020 challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt by the END of the year 2020. Items that are the same can be used twice on the quilt but must only be counted once. A counted ‘item’ can be material lace ribbon etc, an object (such as buttons beads etc), an embroidery technique (thread painting, Brazilian embroidery, ribbon embroidery etc) or a type of stitch (eg herringbone stitch). Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread is not counted. To find out more about the challenge, you will find the guidelines and list of resources here
- Fabrics: 5
- Lace ribbon and braids: 4
- Thread 2: Green silk and purplish metallic
- Silk Ribbon: 2 (light and darker purple)
- Buttons: 10
- Beads: 7
- Charms: 1
- Stitches: 1 Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole
Total 32 items on my 2020 challenge block 13
2020 challenge block 13 brings the total of items used to date to 359!
Stitching details on 2020 crazy quilt block 13
The first photograph highlights a series of scallops which are made of hand dyed lace. I beaded the line and added silk ribbon leaves and novelty beads.
The last detail is a line of Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole to which I added seed beads and little dome shaped beads. I worked detached chain stitch in the forks to give the seam a bit of body. I looked a bit visually week up until that point.
Have you seen my book?
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 how to balance colour, texture and pattern, to direct the viewer’s 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.