2020 Quilt block 23

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 …

Free ebook of Vintage Crazy Quilt Embroidery Patterns

In 1884 Mary Haehnlen wrote  A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work. It’s a little gem because it is full of vintage Crazy Quilt embroidery patterns. I bet she never thought that over a century later, women from all over the globe would be interested in it. To …

Crazy Quilt Block 99 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 99 is another favourite from my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. Regular readers will know that when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use up some of my stash and since it is a Y2K quilt I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of …

Crazy Quilt Block 96 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 96 is one of my favourites as I enjoyed the colour scheme. As I have said in previous articles these blocks were all created from fabrics and embellishments drawn from my stash. Sometimes when you have to pull from your stash you end up doing something different …

Crazy Quilt Block 84 in the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

Crazy Quilt block 84 is a softer coloured block in pastel tones. The I dropped the Button Box quilt has blocks arranged in colour toned diagonal bands – you can see the quilt here I like this block even though I am not really pastel sort of person. There are …

Fly Stitch — and how to work it

Fly stitch is a simple stitch that can be used for many things, such as in the sample above. In this piece of contemporary embroidery, I worked fly stitch in stranded cotton floss, perle #8 cotton, perle #12 cotton over layers of chiffon and net to produce a watery effect. …