As you can see I am still stitching my 2020 quilt blocks. Not sure I am going to continue calling it that as 2020 was such a pain of a year. So at the moment I am calling them my Hexagon blocks but I might just start calling them 2021 blocks. Anyway here is my hexagon quilt block 27 as usual click on the block and you can see a larger photo.
This was my starting point for block 27. I share my starting point as for anyone who is new to crazy quilting looks at a block as the main thing. With crazy quilting the embroidery and embellishments add another visual layer of complexity. This means that by the time a block is finished, it looks totally different. I hope that sharing a photo of the bare block helps beginners to not fret too much about how a block looks when you begin.
Feel free to use the block pattern if it appeals to you. My hexagons have 4-inch sides without seam allowances and measure 8 inches across from point-to-point without seam allowances.
The items and details on my hexagon quilt block 27
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 I did not manage to complete the challenge as 2020 was such a disruptive year. But I am doing it anyway and will probably re-name the quilt to 2021.
Seed beads, bugle beads, and regular perle #8 and perle #5 thread iare not counted.
- Beads: 4
- Braids: 1
- Buttons: 3 (covered button, butterfly button, antique button)
- Doily: 1
- Fabrics: 6
- Lace: 1
- Lace motifs: 3
- Ribbon: 1 (Used in 4 petal flowers)
- Silk ribbon: 1
- Stitches: 2 ( Closed Buttonhole and Beaded Fern stitch)
- Threads: 7
- Techniques: 1 (covered button with silk ribbon embroidery)
Total 31 items on my challenge block
The Tally from previous blocks is 855, the items on this block it brings the total of items used to date to 887.
In this photograph you can see a covered button which has silk ribbon embroidery on it. Also Beaded Fern stitch sits behind the floral lace motifs.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this block. If you want to see my other blocks you can find them under the 2020 Crazy Quilt Category.
Have you enjoyed this series? If so you may be interested in a tutorial I have written on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. The tutorial is a comprehensive tutorial that I converted 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!
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 crazy quilting 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.