Repairing and embellishing my Crazy Quilt 3.

Earlier this month I shared my Romantic Crazy quilt 3 with you all and also disclosed that I made a serious mistake and had a gap to repair as I had attached insignificant fabric!

IMG_2001

This week I have been doing some serious embellishing so I thought I would explain firstly what I did to cover this mistake. Selecting some mauve silk ribbon which was 2mm wide I stitched a line of chain stitches and then added seed pearls into the middle of each chain.

IMG_4274sharpened

Initially I was disappointed with this block and the colours that I had chosen but once I began planning the embellishment it all started to come together. I spent several hours embellishing this block, experimenting with buttons and beads, and of course plenty of crystals. Note the little hot fix crystals on the antennae of the dragonfly. Coral coloured pearls and antique glass seed beads looked great emphasizing the coral pink silk dupion. I found some light purple seed beads which I stitched in the centres of the little Harriet flowers.

IMG_4268ed

A sweet little coral coloured teddy bear button fitted my colour scheme perfectly and I also attempted another silk ribbon rose in the same mauve silk that I made my repair in.  As the buttonholes are not in a straight line I decided not to cut them but place small pink buttons between them instead. The grey roses were given small hot fix lavender pearls.

IMG_4270eed

 However my real excitement is in discovering the usefulness and beauty of silk ribbon embroidery. I treated myself to a couple of books on this so I can view the series of necessary stitches on my iPad. The hardest part is securing the ribbon at the beginning and the end, and not getting the ribbon twisted! Some of my buttons had seed beads threaded through the eyes too. As you plan your embellishment placement use the lines of embroidery stitches for accurate positioning of small bugle and seed beads.

IMG_4269ed

Here is the finished block but I am now keen to create something with it rather than just collect a series of blocks so I think I may make it into a small cushion by mounting on some taupe brown silk dupion.

IMG_4272-750

That will have to be another posting because I want to share the embellished smaller block which is 5″ square.

IMG_4267sec1

On this block I used the embroidery stitches for as guide lines for silk ribbon embroidery. I added some sequins with a seed bead in the top to hold them in place and attached lots of lemon coloured bugle beads around the dragonfly.

IMG_4267sec2

The row of ribbon embroidery shown here is a series of ribbon stitches where you put pass the needle through your ribbon and hold a small loop with a thick needle. The small green stitches were colonial knots but some disappeared as I pulled too tight! Below you see a few overlapping ribbon stitches and lots of AB crystals placed along the wavy lines of embroidery stitches in the lower left corner.

IMG_4267sec3Here is the finished quilt block.

IMG_4267cr

I hope these photos and experiences have inspired you.  I have just completed my next quilt block for Valentines so that now needs embellishing too!

Happy embroidering from Hazel

This entry was posted in Embroidery projects and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Repairing and embellishing my Crazy Quilt 3.

  1. Kate Britschge says:

    Wow! That is so gorgeous!

  2. Dianne says:

    Exquisite is the only word I can think of to describe this very lovely piece.

  3. Wait until you see the next one for Valentines!

  4. dana12559 says:

    Oh, Hazel! You most definitely have inspired me. I have never cared for crazy quilt blocks but you’ve completely changed my opinion. It’s so beautiful! I’d love to do a whole quilt but I only have a 5×7 machine.

  5. Margaret Smith says:

    Absolutely beautiful Hazel. I hope to do one of these quilts next winter. All I need is a little imagination. Please keep posting. I can’t wait to see the rest of the blocks.

  6. Marsha Nelson says:

    Hazel, you are a true artist. I just love the heirloom feel of the crazy quilt block. I can’t wait to see new ones.

  7. lib007 says:

    This is so very lovely; I love your combinations of colors and textures. You are an Artist!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s