Free pattern for block 85 from I Dropped the Button Box

Crazy quilt block 85Block 85 is a sober softer coloured block in bronze and brown tones. It is a bit of mish mash of stuff but I like it. When I started this quilt I aimed to use as many unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, and buttons on the quilt as possible. Why? It is a Y2K quilt.

For fun I have been keeping a tally of the item count. I hope I did not make a mistake when I stitched these blocks, as after all this time it will be mighty embarrassing to discover my count was out!

Anyway here are the details and free pattern for block 85.

block 85 diagramFabric content:

  • Piece 1: synthetic mix from a recycle blouse
  • Piece 2: Silk
  • Piece 3: It is totally covered by buttons but it is soft furnishing fabric!
  • Piece 4: A metallic after five/costuming fabric
  • Piece 5: A metallic after five/costuming fabric
  • Piece 6: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 7: Synthetic polly
  • Piece 8: Synthetic soft furnishing fabric
  • Piece 9: under the lace is cotton

block 85 patternItem Count: 

  • Fabric: 9
  • Lace, braid and ribbon:3
  • Buttons and charms: 14
  • Total items on this block: 26
  • Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1620

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that offers a free pattern for each block from  my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

Each block is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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  1. Just wanted to say thank you so much for posting these templates/block patterns! I am finding these a fantastic way to use up the tons of scraps I have, as well as a great way to escape those crazy “Mom is about to go nuts!” days.

  2. So glad you’re back with the button quilt! The blocks are inspirational. Recently, a friend gave me 2 cigar boxes of buttons so now I have a whole new venue to explore. Also understand about the book writing adventure. I wrote 2 some years ago about dollhouse miniatures. Lots of work preparing the samples!

    Barb W

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