Introducing block 4 of I dropped the button box

Introducing block 4 of I dropped the button box

I am up to documenting the fourth block

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Is a cotton found in a soft furnishings fabric swatch book
  • Piece 2: Is a damask  found in a soft furnishings fabric swatch book
  • Piece 3: Silk
  • Piece 4: Polyester from a garment
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: Silk
  • Piece 7: Polyester from a garment

Item Count: 

This quilt is actually a Y2K quilt as it is made up of 2001 different elements. My definition of an element was either a different fabric, lace, braid, charm, buttons or ribbon. The quilt  was  so named because I was a bit short on the number and my button collection came to the rescue. I am fairly sure there are not repeated fabrics, trims, lace or buttons. That is what I aimed for anyway!

I admit to  enjoying the process of documenting this quilt as it prompts me to remember how much I enjoyed making it. I think it was the ‘all pieces different’ aspect that was a fun challenge for me. I did not want it to look a pile messy glitzy stuff! As a result I really enjoyed the challenge of pulling it into some sort of control. Anyway  back to the count

  • Fabric: 7
  • Braid: 2
  • Lace: 1
  • Buttons: 8
  • Total items on block: 18
  • Total tally on Quilt so far 82

What is the back story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use but I retain all copyright. Please attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and republish online. Link please don’t republish.


  1. Hello Sharon, Can you tell me from where you got the biggest button on block 4 please? It is under the words "Piece 5". I ask because I have some like that that came from my mother. She had them in her button jar for as long as I can remember! Thanks.

    Ruth Palsson

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