Crazy quilt block 86 with a free pattern

Crazy quilt block 86Crazy Quilt Block 86 is a warm autumnal toned block in orange and brown tones and sits well next to the bronze brown tones of block 85 . As you can see from the image of the quilt below the blocks are set so that the different colours form  diagonal lines that run across the quilt. It was a challenge getting all the blocks to read properly and it was also a challenge to create useful blocks from my stash at the time.

In this quilt my challenge was to use as many different pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, and buttons in the quilt as possible. As the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is a Y2K quilt so I was trying to use 2000 items on the quilt. Apart from sharing with readers what fabrics and items I used on these blocks these posts keep track of the tally too!

Here is the block diagramed out so you can see the pattern. Many people are surprised by the ribbon woven through the crochet lace on the lower right hand side of the block because it does not run along a seam it runs across one! I have often said there are no rules in crazy quilting and this is another example.

Crazy quilt block 86 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: Velvet
  • Piece 2: cotton under nylon lace
  • Piece 3: A loose weave cotton
  • Piece 4: Silk
  • Piece 5: Cotton ( recycled from a pari of trousers)
  • Piece 6: Cotton ( furnishing fabric scrap)

Item Count: 

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:4
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 17
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1637

Crazy quilt block 86 pattern

Here is the free crazy quilt block pattern. I hope you find it useful.

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that offers a free block pattern from  my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

Each block is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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8 Responses to Crazy quilt block 86 with a free pattern

  1. Marianne Squire Maszer says:

    I really love the autumnal color scheme. I have never thought of placing a ribbon off a seam, thanks for the great ideas, as always.
    You are a true inspiration to me. Grins from NJ, USA ….

    • sharonb says:

      HI Marianne I think at the time I did not want want to waste it and it was too long to go elsewhere so I did that with it!

  2. sharonb says:

    Thanks everyone for the compliments!

  3. lin says:

    You must have had an amazing stash of beautiful laces and bits and bobs. Another stunning block Sharon. xx

  4. Janie says:

    Thanks Sharon for sharing your gorgeous work, always different always fun.

  5. Linda K says:

    I am really enjoying following you and taking inspiration from TAST. Wishing you and all your followers a a happy and creative World Embrodery Day.

  6. Jules says:

    They are all stunning, but I really love the colours in this block. And the little bird button -fab! Is it a Kookaburra?

    • sharonb says:

      HI Jules thanks I am not sure what the bird is supposed to be – it sort of looks like generic big beaked bird –

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