Introducing block 18 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

Introducing block 18 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

crazy quilt block detail

Today I am introducing block 18,  of the “I dropped the button box” quilt.

crazy quilt block patten

As you can see  this block consists of 8 pieces.

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Chinese brocade Silk.
  • Piece 2: Metallic after five fabric.
  • Piece 3: Velvet
  • Piece 4: Cotton
  • Piece 5: Velvet
  • Piece 6: metallic after five fabric
  • Piece 7: Tafetta

Item Count: 

As I have explained before this quilt is a Y2K quilt which is made up of 2001 different elements. By element I mean either a different fabric, lace, braid, charm, buttons or ribbon. This count is an ongoing count of items and pieces in the quilt blocks documented so far.

  • Fabric: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons: 7
  • Charms: 2
  • Total items on this block: 19
  • Total tally on Quilt so far: 353

crazy quilt block pattern

What is the 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 dont republish.




  1. Hi Carol I would baste the pieces to muslin and keep the blocks a manageable size. If you browse the crazy quilting category in this blog you will find heaps of links to resources.

    Sharon B
  2. WOW. I was looking for instructions for turkey work and Googled "embroidery stitches" and found this site. I’ll be back. It is fascinating. I am about to embark on a big project, a crazy quilt made from old washable silk blouses I’ve been collecting from thrift shops for several years, for my king size bed. Does anyone have any ideas for making a project like this easier to handle? I plan to use 18 inch squares and can’t decide whether an iron-on backing or stabilizer would be best to use, or just baste the silk pieces to a muslin square. Any help would be appreciated. I live in Alaska.

    Carol Matthews

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