Here I am with my next block in the challenge. Sitting in my twirly chair waving it all about as my 2020 quilt block 23 has 39 different items on it! Why is that exciting? As regular readers know 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. This block brings my total to 744 items. Now that I look at it I worry I am getting a bit crowded as it may be at a tipping point.
This is what the block looked like before it was embellished.
Feel free to use the block pattern of my2020 Quilt block 23 if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides and measure 8 inches across from point-to-point.
The item count on 2020 Quilt block 23
- Beads: 6
- Buckle: 1
- Charms: 4
- Fabrics: 7
- Lace motifs:
- Ribbon: 2 Green stripe and metallic knitting ribbon
- Sequins: 2
- Shibori ribbon: 1
- Stitches: 5 Whipped Chain (Both sides) Coral Knotted Herringbone, Up and Down Buttonhole, Beaded half Buttonhole wheel, Laced Fly stitch
- Threads: 10
Total 39 items on my challenge block
The Tally from previous blocks is 705
2020 quilt block 23 brings the total of items used to date to 744. So progress is being made!
Sharing the details on my 2020 Quilt block 23
In this detail readers can see how I used Laced Fly stitch down the middle of the green ribbon. I then laced it with a metallic thread and added beads to the middle of loops formed by the lacing. I added some small green sequins to the spines of the fly stitches. Along the edge of the ribbon I worked some Beaded half Buttonhole wheel. In this detail you can also see the Up and Down Buttonhole. I worked it in cotton perle #5.
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.
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