Introducing block 53

Introducing block 53

Block 53 is quite a dramatic block but a bit difficult to photograph. It forms part of the strong diagonal band of colour that runs across the quilt.

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.

block 53 diagram

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Polyester Cotton scrap from a dress
  • Piece 2: Quilters Cotton
  • Piece 3: silk
  • Piece 4: Silk
  • Piece 5: Silk
  • Piece 6: Synthetic cotton mix
  • Piece 7: Silk

Item Count: 

The I Dropped the Button Box crazy quilt contains 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons because it was a Y2K quilt. All elements are different. 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  documented to date in the crazy quilt details articles.

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

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1026

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. My favorite. I love the colors, especially. And I was wondering how to use wide braid or ribbon effectively and here it is on piece 6. (Although, your braid/ribbon is much prettier than what I currently have.)

  2. I absolutely love the Cast On stitch grapes Sharon. You helped me a few years ago with the Cast On stitch and I certainly understand it but never got good at it. I find it's easier to do tatted pieces and then sew them on.

    Always beautiful work!


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