Introducing block 50 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

Introducing block 50 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

crazy quilt block 50

I am doing a happy dance this morning because this is the start of block 50 which means I am half way through documenting this quilt since there are 100 blocks in the quilt..

If you click on the image above you will see a larger version of the block.

Over the next few weeks I will focus on each seam and embellishment and I hope readers who are crazy quilters  will enjoy the series.

crazy quilt block pattern

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Synthetic dress fabric
  • Piece 2: Silk
  • Piece 3: velvet
  • Piece 4: Synthetic dress fabric
  • Piece 5: Furnishing fabric
  • Piece 6: Synthetic dress fabric

Item Count: 

This crazy quilt made up of 2001 different elements because it was created as an Y2K project. By element I mean, the quilt contains 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons used in it. All elements are different. So on the quilt you will not find a repeat of the same item. The on going item count listed below represents the items used in the crazy quilt blocks documented to date in the crazy quilt details series.

  • Fabric: 6
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons and charms: 7
  • Total items on this block: 16

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 964

If you click on the thumb nail you can see the whole quilt.

Each block featured in this series has been introduced alongside an illustration of the block, a layout plan and  a free piecing pattern.

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. I love that you are posting pictures and information on all these blocks. They are very inspiring. In this case, I am totally in love with that button with the hearts on it. I made a sketch and am thinking of trying to make an applique block from the design. It looks like it must be pretty old. Do you know the history of the button?

    Best wishes from Chattanooga Tennessee USA,


    Linda Smith

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