My 2020 quilt block 22 has 34 different items on it! As regular readers know the idea behind the 2020 challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt by the end of the year 2020. This block brings my total to 705 items. But before I get into that let me share with you a photo of what the block looked like before it was embellished. As you can see it changed a lot! The cutwork is a corner of a serviette ( a dinner napkin).
Feel free to use the block pattern of my2020 Quilt block 22 if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides and measure 8 inches across from point-to-point.
As I have said the challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt made 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. I don’t count Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread. To find out more about the challenge, you will find the guidelines and list of resources here
The item count on this block
- Beads: 5
- Buttons: 6
- Charms – novelty beads: 4 Butterflies
- Fabrics: 5
- Cutwork serviette (table napkin) 1
- Lace: 1
- Lace motifs:1
- Ribbon: 1 green ribbon pleated braid
- Silk Ribbon: 1
- Stitches: 1 Beaded Alternating Feather Version 1
- Threads: 5
- Techniques: 2 Beaded cutwork, and chain stitch wrapped bugle beads
Total 34 items on my challenge block
The Tally from previous blocks is 671
2020 quilt block 22 brings the total of items used to date to 705. I feel I am beginning to make progress! It has not made a dent in my stash but I have enjoyed using it.
A useful resource to manage tracking items
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. 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.
The details on my 2020 Quilt block 22
I would like to share a few details with you. The first is how I treated the lace by adding a flat disk like bead in the peak of the scallop and a glass novelty bead/charm in the shape of butterfly to decorate the dip of the scallop. I also wrapped bugle beads in a Detached chain stitch using a variegated #5 cotton perle thread.
In this detail you can see the Beaded Alternating feather stitch is worked in a hand dyed silk thread which is about the same thickness as a cotton perle #8. You can also see how I beaded the cutwork serviette.
On this section of the block I used a number of buttons in a flower spray!
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.
If you are interested in joining in on the challenge and sharing what you do you can share on the two Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International. Follow the links and join the groups and have fun.
Have you seen 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
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.
I’m interested in starting a CQ and a bit intrigued by the hex shaped blocks. Is there a compilation of them in your book or elsewhere? Seems the templates w/be helpful.
Hi Judy a lady called Jennifer Clouston wrote a book called Foolproof Crazy Quilting and it created a bit of crazy for them – its a great book so check it out
What I’m asking is whether I can purchase a full set of the hex patterns. I see some listed online, but not a compilation. Thx!
Judy If you work back through this category you will find all the patterns free -hope this helps https://pintangle.com/category/crazy-quilting/2020-crazy-quilt/
Hi Sharon, lovely block as always. Being locked in sure gives us a great opportunity to progress with our blocks. I pieced 10 blocks yesterday and today I am embellishing the first 2. Nearly sent myself crosseyed using Delicas on a lace motif but it worked well. Digging around in my vast stash is great fun. I keep finding things I had forgotten about. More new 2020 goodies! Cheers Joan
HI Joan I am pleased you are enjoying the challenge. One of the reason I like these sorts of challenges is that I get to dig out everything and use it!
Beautiful block, love the color of fabrics.
Have a great day!
What a beautiful collection of buttons you have added – the are all flowers in themselves.
Thanks Queenie – I have been a button addict for years
I always look forward to seeing what creative things you come up with next. Always exquisite.