Crazy Squares Quilt
An antique design comes to life with a most modern appeal! For a contrast of colors and an economical use of fabric, this home décor project delivers the dynamic details.
Theme: Quilting & Patchwork
|1 1/4 yd||Solid white||Cut (6) 2" wide Strips x WOF, sub-cut into:|
Cut (12) 2" wide Strips x 8 1/2"
Cut (3) 2" wide Strips x 37"
Cut (4) 3 1/2" wide Strips x WOF
Cut (5) 2" wide Strips x WOF for binding
|(16) 10" Squares||Assorted prints||Cut (16) Crazy Quilt Blocks |
[Read instructions below before cutting]
|1 3/4 yd||Backing fabric|
|48" x 48"||Batting|
- Finished Size: 43" x 43"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- WOF = width of fabric
Making the Blocks:
- Carefully stack eight of the print fabrics over the cutting area of the Crazy Quilt Block die.
- Layer the die, fabric and cutting pads, and cut the Crazy Quilt Blocks. Carefully remove the top cutting pad and the scrap fabric around the crazy block pieces. Leave the fabrics on the die.
- You are going to mix the fabrics so that one piece of each of the fabrics is in each of the finished blocks. Take the first piece and move it, as it is, to a blank area on your table next to your sewing machine.
- Take the next piece and move the top fabric to the bottom of the pile. Move this to the table in the same position as it was on the die.
- Take the 3rd piece and move the top two fabrics to the bottom of the pile. Move this to the table in the same position as it was on the die.
- Continue in this manner, moving one additional fabric to the bottom of the pile, until all eight pieces are on the table.
- Sew only one block together at a time. Notice how the block is divided into two sections; one with three pieces and one with five pieces. Using only the fabrics on the top layer, piece the two sections together, pressing after each piece. The points of one piece will stick out on each side of the seam. You will know you have the pieces placed correctly if the 1/4" seam is at the intersection of the point and the other piece. After the two sections are together, sew the long seam to make the finished block. It will measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" unfinished.
- Repeat the sewing procedures, one layer at a time, to make 15 more blocks.
Assembling the Top:
- Arrange the 16 Crazy Quilt Blocks on a design wall in 4 rows of 4 blocks. Leave a space for sashing between each block. The blocks can be turned and rearranged until you are satisfied with how they look.
- Place a 2" x 8 1/2" piece of white sashing between each block in a row.
- Sew the 4 rows of blocks and sashing together. Each row will have 4 blocks and 3 pieces of sashing. Press. Return to the design wall, leaving a space between the rows for sashing.
- Place a 2" x 37" piece of white sashing between each row.
- Sew the 4 rows of blocks and 3 rows of plain sashing together to make the quilt center. Press.
- Sew the four 3 1/2" Strips together lengthwise. From this long Strip cut two 3 1/2" x 37" and two 1/2" x 43".
- Sew the 3 1/2" x 37" Strips to opposite sides of the center. Press.
- Sew the 3 1/2" x 43" Strips to the other sides of the center. Press.
- Cut a 48" piece and two 6" wide Strips x WOF of the backing fabric. Sew the 6" Strips together, lengthwise and add this to the 48" side to make a piece large enough for the quilt back. Trim off the extra part of the 6" Strip.
- Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine, as desired.
- Sew the binding strips together to form one long strip. Fold the binding in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and press.
- Sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.