2020 Challenge – Block # 3

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block #3

A few weeks ago I said I had found a direction or inspiration for my 2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge blocks, and here is the first one.  Before I get into the specifics about this block I want to talk a little bit about the “inspiration”.

This is the pamphlet I talked about in my earlier post,  I found it while we were visiting Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic Rain Forest in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.





This illustration was painted by John Dawson.  Mr. Dawson has done many illustrations for the US National Parks.


What I intend to do is to make a Crazy Quilt representation of Mr Dawson’s Olympic illustration.  To do this I made a copy of this pamphlet and then drew a 3″ grid across it (the copy).  Then I marked each square, so I could put it back together.  Finally, I enlarged each three inch square to six inches.  I worked from the enlarged section to make the first Crazy Quilt Block (see the photo above). I will work each enlarged section until I have a complete representation of Mr. Dawson’s painting.  I will need to fill in the sections where there is written text, but since I live on the edge of the Olympic Rain Forest that shouldn’t be to difficult.

I designed this block myself.  It has 9 different fabrics in it.

I used three kinds of lace:

  • 2 types of cotton lace, which I hand painted
  • 1 hand tatted lace done in variegated blue thread
  • I have used 20 different threads
  • 16 different seam embellishments
  • 2 Embroidery Techniques
  • 14 types of seed beads
  • I  have used a total of 182 seed beads
  • 2 sequins

There is a total of 64 different embellishments on this block.

My cumulative count for the Crazy Quilt Block Challenge is 176 items.

Until next time,





I grew up in Yakima, which is located in Central Eastern Washington. I am married and have four adult children, nine grandchildren. I graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Education. I currently live in the Tahuya Forest on the Kitsap Peninsulan in Western Washington. I learned to quilt in high school. My grandmother taught me to crochet and embroidery. I am passing this knowledge along to my daughters, granddaughters and anyone else who wants to learn these arts.

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