Introducing block 41 on the I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt

Introducing block 41 on the I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt

With the new year I am now about to start documenting block 41 of the I dropped the button box quilt. This block is in tones of buttery yellow and soft browns with a smidgen of gold. Many of the fabric pieces were scraps that from a regular quilt I made for my Daughter for her 18th birthday. So this block has a alot of quilters cotton in it. I have just counted the buttons on it. There are 16 however I did that I don’t know but there they are!

Over the next few weeks I will focus on each seam and embellishment and I hope you will enjoy the process.

crazy quilt block pattern

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: quilters cotton
  • Piece 2: quilters cotton
  • Piece 3: Cotton from a soft furnishing store
  • Piece 4: quilters cotton
  • Piece 5: Evening wear dress fabric
  • Piece 6: quilters cotton
  • Piece 7: Furnishing weight cotton
  • Piece 8: quilters cotton

Item Count: 

This quilt is a Y2K quilt as it is made up of 2001 different elements. I defined an element as a different piece of fabric, lace, braid, charm, button or ribbon. All elements are different. The count below represents the tally of items on the quilt blocks documented so far.

Fabric: 8

  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons and charms: 16
  • Total items on this block: 25
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far 793

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 Sharon,
    I was just wondering what you think when you look at stitching you did a while ago. Sometimes I look at my old stuff and am impressed (with myself!), but other times I think how much less sophisticated my stitching was, or how the design was not so great….I don't know how long ago you did this block, but do you have a "usual" reaction to your "older" stitching?

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