Crazy quilt 8 inch blocks

crazy quilt block illustration

Stitches used and information about this Crazy quilt block.

Firstly the block is an 8 inch block. Chevron stitch is worked in hand dyed thread which is the same weight as DMC pearl 5, is to be found in the top left hand corner below the lace. The row of stitches are topped with sequins and beads.

In the right hand corner is a line of mother of pearl vintage buttons with a contemporary heart shaped bead at the base. Next to this, is line of floral motifs worked in detached chain, for the leaves. The flowers are detached chain with two straight stitches threaded under the bar that ties the chain. This stitch combination is also known as tulip stitch. I have topped them off with french knots. This combination of stitches is worked in two strands of DMC floss in the leaf sections and hand dyed silk for the flowers.

In the right hand corner a wide ribbon runs diagonally across the crazy quilt block. The top side of the ribbon is edged with two rows of tied herringbone. This is topped with some lace motifs and interspersed with novelty beads in the shape of a butterfly. The other side of the ribbon is edged with buttonhole stitch topped with lace floral motifs at the center of which I stitched a small bead.

In the bottom left hand corner is a wide band of crochet lace. I picked out the pattern in this piece by beading the design, stitching a bead in each small hole. To the edge is a row of flowers worked in cotton using detached chain, straight stitch and french knots worked in DMC pearl 5. At the base of these are novelty beads in the shape of a flower.

In the center of the block near the lace butterfly motif are three buttonhole half wheels, which each have a bead in the center. Above the lace butterfly is a blackwork motif worked in hand dyed cotton thread. This design was done using back stitch on waste canvas.

Both lace and buttons are vintage. The foundation fabrics are a mix of contemporary and recycled fabrics. The yellow section in the bottom right hand corner is a home furnishing fabric. The green fabric in the left hand corner is silk. The section that contains the blackwork motif is polished cotton, and the pale green which is almost covered by lace in the top left hand corner is a synthetic after 5 dress fabric. The green fabric in the top right hand corner that holds the spray of mother of pearl buttons is a Chinese brocade. About half the fabrics in this block are from swaps with fellow quilters.

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