Picture of How to sew an easy Crazy Quilt block

It is ungodly hot outside, so it seemed like a pretty good day to sit in the basement and play with my sewing machine... and on days like this I tend to go for Crazy Quilt blocks, which look awesome, are super easy, and require very little actual measurement (jackpot!). You can use these super interesting-looking blocks in typical things like quilts, but they are cool enough to stand alone in a throw pillow, wall hanging, or tote bag.

Step 1: Supplies

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Cutting mat & Rotary cutter (but just plain ol' scissors will do, as well)
Sewing machine
Basic sewing gear
Lots and lots of fabric scraps, cut into 2" strips

It doesn't matter what sort of fabric you use in these blocks. If you're just starting out, I'd stick to cotton, as it is the easiest to deal with. But I've done these out of silks and velvets and they turn out awesome (but definitely not for the beginner!) Get a good variety of fabric, so you have lots of diversity in your square. And just remember that you only need tiny little pieces of fabric, so it's a good way to use up scraps from other projects, or to trade with a friend.

Thank you for the videos this was real help full. I have only done a few quilts, I'm a self taught sewer, but quilting is a lot different. Now I want to do a baby blanket, with emboridery in the center. Thanks again.

Thank you for the awesome instructions. I can't wait to use up my valuable scraps on something beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'm anf12 months ago

I have a Crazy Quilt top I would like to have hand-quilted. The crazy quilt top measures 80" X 114". What bed size will the finished size be with this quilt? I only have a full size bed and I'm thinking this quilt top is way to large for a full size bed. Can this Crazy quilt top be taken apart to make it for a full size bed?

AbigailH1 year ago

Thank you so much! I wanted to make a pillow with an embroidered focal point, but wanted to do something more interesting than another log cabin block.

Fabulous thank you,as a self taught patch-worker I wondered how to do crazy patchwork on a machine. Great pics easy instructions.WELL DONE!.
linrodann2 years ago
Love it! I can't wait to try it. ^_^
jlongworth2 years ago
You have absolutely MADE my day ! :) Thank you SO much !
skyisblu2 years ago
Love, love, LOVE how easy this quilt is to make! I have always wanted to compile all of my unruly fabric scraps into a beautiful crazy quilt, but have never had the patience to cut all those perfectly measured and even pieces. Thanks to you, I'm on my way! Here are my first 2 squares:
rhaubejoi3 years ago
Gorgeous! I love it! You did a fantastic job! I look forward to making one myself soon....Think I may put a twist on it...I'll show it off when I do....
abbyholverson (author)  rhaubejoi3 years ago
I'm glad you like it! I look forward to seeing your project!
ktp094 years ago
Thanks for the great instructable. Here is a picture of my quilt top I recently finished. Now I am working on putting the backing and binding on. I used a variety of fabrics in my squares, including ties. Just thought I would share.
abbyholverson (author)  ktp094 years ago
That looks fantastic!!! I love it!
Thanks! It's such an easy and fun type of quilt to make.
Soooo excited for my current project (this)!
abbyholverson (author)  WendylovesJed4 years ago
That's great! You should post a picture when you're done. :)
cotofana4 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous. This is the kind of quilt I can fall in love with. :)
lyonpridej5 years ago
Thank you for the great instructable! I have been saving boxes of my kids clothes for years with the idea of making quilts for them, but I wasn't sure how to go about it because I didn't want to just make plain squares. This is so much easier than it looks & I can't wait to try it!
This looks fun! I finally have something to do with all those halloween scraps I cant stop collecting, yaaay.
canida5 years ago
Excellent! I never knew it was so easy. And I second the request for a follow-up tutorial on assembly. ;)
ChrysN5 years ago
Neat, I love all the bright fabrics!
oweng40005 years ago
Should that be 12 1/2" instead of 12 1/5"?
abbyholverson (author)  oweng40005 years ago
Yeah, sorry about that!
kcls5 years ago
That looks cool! Nice instructable.
scoochmaroo5 years ago
Awesome! I never knew how this was done - it always looked so complicated. Will you teach us how to put them all together now? :D
abbyholverson (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
ha ha... give me a chance to make a few more, and certainly!!