2020 quilt block 21

2020 quilt block 21

2020 quilt block 20Once again I am sharing the next step towards the 2020 challenge. Here is my latest 2020 quilt block 21. As regular readers know the 2020 challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt by the end of the year 2020. Items can appear twice but must only be counted once. An item can be material, lace, braid etc or bead, do-dad, charm etc technique or stitch. To find out more about the challenge, you will find the guidelines and list of resources here. With block 21 the tally becomes 670 items so I am progressing!

2020 quilt block 20 unembellishedThis was my starting point for the 2020 quilt block 21. As You can see the embellishments and embroidery changed it completely!

2020 quilt block 20 patternFeel free to use the block pattern if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides and measure 8 inches across from point-to-point.

The items used on  hexie 21

Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread iare not counted.

  • Beads:10
  • Braids: 1
  • Buttons: 2 A vintage glass amber button and wooden butterfly shaped novelty
  • Charms: 1 heart shaped metal charm
  • Fabrics: 5
  • Lace: 1
  • Lace motifs: 2 one motif and the corner of a needlelace doily
  • Ribbon: 1
  • Stitches: 3 They are Triangular Feather Stitch, Palestrina Stitch, Barred Chain Stitch,
  • Threads: 10

Total 36 items on my 2020 challenge block 21

The Tally from previous blocks is 635

2020 quilt block 21 brings the total of items used to date to 671! 

The details on 2020 quilt block 21

2020 quilt block 20 detail 1

Here is a detail of a wide ribbon covering a seam. I worked Triangular Feather Stitch along the side of the ribbon before adding detached chain stitches and seed beads to the arms of the feather stitches. On one side of the ribbon I added a fine braid and on the other side of the ribbon I added a line of bead tassels.

2020 quilt block 20 detail  2 In this detail you can see how I used Barred Chain Stitch and Palestrina Stitch to arch around towards the beaded hand dyed lace motif

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my challenge with this block.  If you want to see my other blocks you can find them under the 2020 Crazy Quilt Category.

Have you seen my  Stitchers Templates?

marking a seam using my stitchers Templates

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages.
Or go directly to the Pintangle shop to purchase them.

I have also written a book

holding my book in front of quilt

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, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.


  1. Hi, Sharon,
    I love reading Pintangle and I have your books and templates, but I cannot figure out how to measure for the background fabric for a hexagon. I have a stack of them ready and the black fabric, but no idea how to measure for that background piece. Can you please share that detail? Thanks.

    Susan W Pekari
    1. Are there any pictures of the completed quilt? Any instructions as to how you joined the blocks to make them into a quilt? All I’m seeing are 20+ blocks and how they were made…..

      1. Ddc sorry you ask about the completed quilt- It is still unfinished as 2020 stalled many of us. You assemble the quilt by stitching the blocks together. It’s up to you how you arrange the blocks

  2. Hi Sharon, what a pretty block! I particularly love the use of the drops along the curved seam and the hand dyed lace motif. Gorgeous!
    Keep well and stay safe.

    Joan Flynn

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