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Blanket Stitched Flowers

This is another page from my Visual Journal where I have drawn different flowers all using Blanket or Buttonhole stitch. I’ve taken care to draw the direction of the stitches so that they best represent each flower or leaf. These drawings are to remind me of simple, quick and easy, floral designs to include on crazy quilt blocks, especially when they are part of a Doing Your Own Block swap. I love using simple Blanket Stitches close together to form a solid mass or else separated by tiny spaces to give a more representational view of a petal or leaf. This form of stitchery was very popular in the early 1900s even if sometimes the colours were a bit bright and off-putting. There is no need to strictly adhere to the colours of nature with crazy quilting so it’s a great way to be really creative.

Blanket Stitched Flowers

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Old fashioned Motifs using Bullion stitch Roses

This a new page from my Visual Journal where I have drawn various sized motifs all using Bullion stitch Roses along with other simple stitches such as Stem stitch, satin stitch and French or Colonial knots. The drawings are designed to be a reference for when I am doing crazy quilt blocks, especially for other people when I’m in a Round Robin. I’ve included corners, circles, long lengths designed to cover seams and individual Roses. The Roses have been highlighted with a bright pink pen. Some of these motifs were taken from sources such as original transfers, pictures of 1920s – 1940s baby clothes while others are my own ideas. The page can be printed out and glued into other VJs as a reference sheet so I hope someone else can find a use for them too.

Old fashioned Motifs using Bullion stitch Roses

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Using Bugle beads in crazy quilting

Today I sketched a few ideas for using Bugle beads as part of seam embellishments in Crazy Quilting. I have heaps of bugle beads in a tin, all colours and sizes and I thought they’d be good to include as part of a design. I used the candle idea on my Christmas Ornaments and that worked so the others probably will too. Feel free to use these ideas yourself, I’m sure there are hundreds more ways to use these beads.
Using Bugle beads in crazy quilting

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Fan Stitch Combinations

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Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

This is another page from my Visual Journal where I have drawn original ideas for stitch combinations representing fans. This is to give me ideas for Linda’s DYB6 fan block when it arrives. The three fans at the bottom of the page are from Dorothy Bond’s fabulous book of stitches, however all the other ones are my own ideas.

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Underwater Reef stitches

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Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

This is a page from my Visual diary featuring sketches of various stitch combinations which I used to represent seaweed, fish and shells. It was a starting point for my Ningaloo Reef crazy quilted picture which is yet to be finished.

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