The 2020 challenge is to use 2,020 different items on a quilt originally it was to be completed by the end of the year 2020 but I did not manage to make the deadline. A countable item can be material, lace, braid etc or bead, do-dad, charm etc technique or stitch. Items can appear twice on the quilt must only be counted once. To find out more about the challenge, you will find the guidelines and list of resources here. My 2020 quilt block 25 adds 29 more items to the tally. So I am inching closer. I am still calling this a 2020 quilt because as yet I have not thought of another name for it! Maybe 2025 with 2025 items on it?!?
This was my starting point for the 2020 quilt block 25. As you can see I incorporated the lace into the seams as I assembled the block. On this block I used a piece of lace that was off a collar and the corner of a hankie that has S on it.
You are free to use the pattern of my 2020 Quilt block 25 if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides and measure 8 inches across from point-to-point.
Items and details on my 2020 quilt block 25
Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread iare not counted.
- Beads: 5
- Buttons: 3
- Fabrics: 5
- Lace: 3 (including a vintage lace collar)
- Lace motifs: 3
- Ribbon: 2 (used in 4 petal flowers)
- Stitches: 2 ( Knotted Feather and Twisted Chain)
- Threads: 4
- Techniques: 2 (use of a hankie, 4 petal ribbon flowers)
Total 29 items on my challenge block
The Tally from previous blocks is 795 so my new total of items used to date to 824
In this detail you can clearly see the hankie corner I used in the middle of the block.
Another detail of Twisted chain stitch stems worked in a crochet cotton that has a silver fleck in it. I also tucked bugle beads into the forks of Knotted Feather Stitch. You can also see the 4 petal ribbon flowers I made to compliment the lace motifs. In the photograph below I beaded the lace motive and added cloisonné beads I purchased on a trip to China years ago.
Are you interested in crazy quilting? If so you may be interested in a tutorial I have written on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I converted the tutorial to a pdf file (a link to the download is in the article) When I converted it I realised how comprehensive it was. At 19 pages of information it is a mini ebook and resource worth investigating!
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.
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Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery
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I really want to make a crazy quilt from my wedding dress with additional fabrics added of course! I started a block & truly liked it. However I found as I added trims that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the ends of lace, ribbon,etc.
Seems to me that many of them should be sew. In the seams as one sews fabric pieces together! But when I search books & online everything says to add the trims AFTER sewing the pieces together!
HI Ellie – you say that “when I search books & online everything says to add the trims AFTER” not in my book I include lace and trims as I piece the block.There is an demo on how to do it on page 40
What a pretty block.
Can you detail how you got the black boarder around it and how they hexies are fastened together? I am new to this.
Cathy the black border is folded over from the back – its the backing of the block. the hexies are a quilt as you go technique each had batting behind the block and then backing and the backing is folded over. I will top stitch them together when I have them done. Hope that helps
I love how you have built up the floral bouquet with lace ornaments, buttons and stitches, as well as how the butterfly has been decorated. Your work is always a treat to look at.
You are a beautiful artist. Your work is always inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the compliment fluffed