Introducing block 31 of the I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt

Introducing block 31 of the I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt

crazy quilt block

We are now at block 31! I have always liked this block as it is so overladen with vintage buttons. There are 11 of them but they sit OK.  It is also one of the few blocks that has a plain seam. Can you see it?  Between piece 1 and piece 2 is a seam which I did not embroider but no one ever finds it. I left it because it felt like the block had enough on it.  I have always enjoyed this block and I hope you will enjoy the details coming up too!

If you want to check out the eye candy you can click on the block to see a larger version

crazy quilt block pattern

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Silk
  • Piece 2: Damask
  • Piece 3: Cotton
  • Piece 4: Moire Silk
  • Piece 5: Cotton
  • Piece 6: A light weight soft furnishing fabric

Item Count: 

This quilt is a Y2K quilt which is made up of 2001 different elements. By element I mean either a different piece of fabric, a piece of lace or lace motif, braid, charm, button or strip of ribbon. This count is ongoing and represents the items in the quilt blocks documented in this blog so far.

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 4
  • Buttons: 11
  • Total items on this block: 21
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far 609

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. Like Linda, I have always loved monochrome blocks especially white/cream. This one is gorgeous and may even end up being my favourite on the whole quilt. However, I counted 16 buttons, including the 5 ‘leaf’ ones, which don’t seem to be on the materials list. Hope I haven’t messed up the count, lol.


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