Crazy Quilt Block 80 pattern

I dropped button box quiltBlock 80 on the I Dropped the Button Box Crazy Quilt is very red! But as you can see below it is part of a diagonal line of blocks that are all red.

Last time I shared a pattern for a block I also included a photo of the quilt. (If you click on the image of the quilt you will see a larger photograph of it.)

I had numerous comments and emails about the quilt itself which surprised me because I have had the same photo on the CQ detail FAQ page for years.

I know there are new people discovering the site all the time and that is fantastic but I find it worrying and frustrating that they done necessarily discover what is here. For folks that subscribe via email I always provide links at the bottom of the post to the FAQ page so folks can click through if they are curious. It sad many people dont investigate that page because on it you will find links to 80 other patterns from the quilt.

I am not sure I can improve the situation. I do say things like this is part of a series blah, blah, blah, and give a link. I have tried cutting down on the amount text people have to read and I have tried giving more information in an attempt to make it clearer but I think people dont read or forget. I would love for people to discover it.

Perhaps a photo of the quilt with every block would attract attention? This feels like over kill but in such a visual age perhaps that is what I have to do. As a reader do you have any ideas? Email me, or leave comment I would love to hear. Maybe I need to redesign the site, I am not sure…

Crazy quilt block 80Anyway on with introducing crazy quilt block 80. Once again if you click on the block you will see a larger version of the photo.

Gosh we only have 20 more blocks on this quilt to go. They are all 6 inch blocks and were made as a Y2K quilt so I have 2001 different fabrics, lace, braids, buttons and charms on it.

Over the next few weeks I will share articles about the embroidery and embellishments in closer detail but for today I will focus just on the block and share the pattern for it.

Crazy quilt block 80 in quilt

As you can see this a very red block but in the set of the quilt it does not look so dramatic.

Crazy quilt block 80 free pattern diagram

Fabric content:

  • Piece 1: Cotton with a metallic thread woven through it
  • Piece 2: metallic evening/costume wear fabric
  • Piece 3: Satin
  • Piece 4: Cotton
  • Piece 5: Heavy Cotton
  • Piece 6: Brocade
  • Piece 7: Synthetic

Item Count:

The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. I guess you could say it my way of making sure I got the count right! (I have no idea what I will do if I get to the end of this exercise and discover a miscount!)

The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. I guess you could say it my way of making sure I got the count right! (I have no idea what I will do if I get to the end of this exercise and discover a miscount!)

  • Fabric: 7
  • Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
  • Buttons and charms: 5
  • Total items on this block: 15
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1520

Crazy quilt block 80 free patternFree Crazy quilt block patterns
I am diagraming out each block on the I dropped the button box crazy quilt and giving away the block patterns. The  links to these pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page

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  1. Hi Sharon, I discovered your website via Pinterest and I love it. If there is a link I’ve followed it and have been led to so many beautiful, interesting and, yes, challenging places. It’s been many years since I’ve done any crazy quilting but, through your site, I’ve rediscovered the pleasure I had in doing it and have picked it up again, it is a change from the hours at my sewing machine that are required for larger quilting projects. Your work is exquisite and the time you take to share it and your generosity and encouragement is appreciated. I don’t think you need to consider making many changes to your website – the information is available for those who want to access it they only need to take the time and they will be richly rewarded. BTW I’d love a peek into your stash :)!!

    Barbara McCaig
    1. Thanks Barbara I really appreciate that you took time to answer and let me know you find things on the site. I put lot of stuff online and it is frustrating to think that perhaps people cant find it but so far the feedback has been positive.

  2. Sharon, stop stressing. If people want to find the information they will, if they don’t – for whatever reason (their own limitations, laziness etc) – it is ultimately their own loss. You do an enormous amount of work providing all the stuff you do and you have nothing to reproach yourself about.

    I read every word because that’s what I do. I mentally correct your English, your spelling, your punctuation too because that is also what I do (if you ever want a proof reader, give me a yell, lol). I love your site and your work, and you too. You give so much to the rest of us, maybe we should be showing our gratitude rather than pick fault.

    1. HI Chris – thanks for the encouragement. It is more a case of trying to see if I have missed something obvious. If I am not careful am great at being able to complicate things. Interesting about your proof reading skills. I will keep you in mind!

  3. Hi Sharon, I’m preparing to start my first cq block thanks to all the information on your website. I find your site very easy to navigate.
    Probably for every 1 person who asks a question there are 100 who don’t need to ask. As you only hear from the minority it feels like a lot of people are having problems. You can never please everybody as people have different capabilities.
    I’d like to thank you for all the info so generously provided. This has given me the confidence to believe I can do cq. I subscribe to your newsletter and look forward each day to reading it.

    Janice Newbegin
    1. HI Janice as a new hand to CQ have you heard of a group call Crazy quilting International – it is a very helpful and friendly online group ( I am one of 5 moderators there) and lots of questions get answered.
      Here is the link if you are interested
      There is also a novice group but I recommend both as the main group is fun too

  4. I will second everything that Queenie has said about your site. Unfortunately you have so many little tit-bits that I find myself exploring and not concentrating on what I was actually wanted to find. But that in itself helps me expand the thought processes.

    This site and your ‘in a minute ago’ site are my go to places for inspiration and information.

  5. I think posting the photo of the whole quilt for every block you show is a good idea – it could lead to a ‘spot the block’ search.
    It will also make us realise the beauty of a crazy quilt seen from a distance. It is easy to study the individual blocks as they are filled with eye candy, stitches we might not know, unusual buttons etc. and forget how stunning a cq quilt is when seen across the room.
    As for finding things on your blog, Pintangle is a treasure cove of information, inspiration and visual delights and the links you always provide help us find our way. However, I know with myself that I do not go in search of information I do not need at the moment. An example, if I had been working on a cq block or taken part in the hussif challenge I would have clicked on every link, read every word of advice and studied every picture in detail to help me with the job. As I am not working on either cq or hussif at the moment I don’t read in detail. I am very grateful it is there and I WILL need it all when I do start on a new crazy quilt project.
    Thank you for always doing so much for us, Sharon.

    1. Thanks Queenie – I think we all do what you do ie search for information as we need it. Everyone is busy. Thanks for letting me know that you think the photos of the quilt with each block is a good idea as I was worried about overkill.

  6. Hello Sharon. I can see you have a sense of frustration about this subject, but I have to say that I find your Pintangle website very easy to use, and I spend hours devouring your archived information, which is given at the end of each post. Information which is so generously given, and so well documented and photographed. I wonder if people scroll down to the end of the page, to find this fantastic treasure trove of information set out in such a well organised way? This is how I found the ‘I dropped the button box’ quilt, and decided immediately that I had to make it, despite never having done any CQing. And I can only do that by following your very clear instructions. (I am loving it BTW). I’m not a computer literate person, and I honestly can’t see how the dispersal of information can be improved on, as you provide so many links with each post, and in a very user friendly fashion. I can’t offer a solution, but for what it is worth, this is my comment. Claire

    Claire Turner
    1. HI Clair thanks for your answer – I think people scan rather than read. We all so it as life is busy. Thanks for taking the time to explain how you use the site – it is very valuable information to me as it helps me understand how people come to the site, what attracts them and how they use it.


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