Introducing block 52 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

Introducing block 52 on the “I dropped the button box” quilt

Crazy quilt block blue

Block 52 is a mainly monotone blue. I also went over the top using buttons! I have to admit that 18 buttons on a 6 inch block is a little extreme but it looks Ok in context and I like buttons… Dont ask me why the heart button is upside down I think I made a mistake.

Over the next few weeks I will focus on each seam and embellishment and I hope the  crazy quilters  out there will enjoy seeing each close up.

crazy quilt block pattern

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Cotton
  • Piece 2: Silk
  • Piece 3: upholstery cotton
  • Piece 4: Synthetic cotton mix
  • Piece 5: Quilters Cotton
  • Piece 6: Synthetic cotton mix
  • Piece 7: Synthetic cotton mix
  • Piece 8: Cotton

Item Count: 

The I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt is 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. All elements are different. As I have said before it was a way of using a sample of all the bits I had been hoarding! The on going item count listed below represents the items used in the crazy quilt blocks documented to date in the crazy quilt details articles.

  • Fabric: 8
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 4
  • Buttons and charms: 18
  • Total items on this block: 30

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1010

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. However, you must attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and reprint them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing.


  1. Bobbi the block is right way up – it is the way it is on the quilt and where it sits the buttons are balanced out with another block – hope that makes sense!

    Sharon B
  2. Briony I hang them on the wall – I never use them as quilts as even in the Victorian days crazy quilts were draped over a chaise lounge for show. They were for highlighting embroidery skills and demonstrating there were enough domestic servants in the house that a mans wife could spend time on purely decorative needlework. They are heavy but I have a double back like in my Diamond quilt I blogged it all here you just have to work back through the posts to see what I did.
    here is the URL

    Sharon B
  3. Hi, I love making crazy embellished patchwork blocks but am getting a bit disillusioned about what to do with them. I was thinking of hanging them on the wall but with 5 cats they would soon be festooned in fluff if not put under glass. The only other thing I can think of is a quilt and surely this would be sooooo heavy.
    Any suggestions please, what do you do with yours?

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