The Crazy Quilt – The Ultimate Stash Buster!


Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  There are some crazy things happening here at the Missouri Star, and one of them is this quilt behind me. I want to tell you a story about this.  A few years ago- a lot of years actually- we lived out in California.  We lived out close to a military base, and there was a young man there who really missed his family.  He kind of adopted ours, and enjoyed coming over and spending time with our family.

Recently we reconnected with him, and he came out to the shop. When he found out that we had a quilt shop, he wanted to try something.  We had this great new line of templates, these Crazy Quilt templates, and we were like, ”We’re going to get him to test this and see if he can do it!”   He actually used the templates, made this crazy quilt, and if he can do it, you can do it.

So I’m going to show you how.  The things you’ll need for this project; you’re going to need some scissors, a rotary cutter, you’re going to need a square ruler the size you want your block to end up when you’re done, (I used an 8 and a half inch) and a set of these templates.

To begin this block you want to pick what size templates you are going to use for the middle.  You’ll put it on your scrap fabric or square; I’m going to use a square; and we’re going to go ahead and cut these. Basically you’re just cutting the angles, so you want to go ahead and follow the side of your template, and just cut off your square, like that.  Then we’re going to finish this one up. I can make two cuts right there…  And then you get a piece like this.

Traditionally, they used these five sided pieces, scraps, whatever they had.  We just made it easy with the template.  Now, you’ll find some scraps that you think will look good with it.  This is where those little pieces are going to come in handy.

Now what you’ll do is you’ll put right sides together, and again, in quilting, it’s a quarter of an inch — But you’re going to want to fold this back and make sure your angle will follow in the right direction, ’cause you’re going to trim this off, and want to make sure your piece is going to cover that. So let’s lay this on here, and we’ll go ahead and sew this down.  Then were going to press that here; set that seam and roll it back.  Then you’ll trim it up and get it ready for the next part.  What we’re going to do is we’re going to lay our ruler on there.  See, the ruler’s just going to follow the edge of your center piece.  We’ll just cut that off…

So you’re going to get some really odd looking shapes to begin with, but eventually, it’ll get big enough so that you can cut a square out of it.

Here’s this piece.  Now we’ll add the next piece on, and I’m just going to go in a clockwise manner, go around it, keep adding the pieces on.  It’ll just keep getting bigger and bigger.  Let me add one more here. There we go.  And again, I’m just going to set that seam, and roll that piece back.   So, then we’re going to trim.  You trim every time before you add that next strip.  And, here is the edge of this angle, we’re just going to follow it and cut straight off.  And now we’re going to turn this- let me scoot these things over here.  We’re going to cut this off there, and you’ll just keep going around.

Now I’ve got some other ones here, where I’ve done a little more.  I have added one layer, and I’m going to add a second layer.  On parts of this one I have two, and three… and you want to make sure that
your middle piece stays in the center.  Now I’m going to have to add another piece over here, and I’ll see if I have a good sized strip to put over here.  You can start with little pieces, but then you have to get some longer strips. I’m just going to sew this one on.

This is so fun; it’s such a great way to use up all those little pieces and those scraps.  This is a GOOD stash-buster quilt.  Alright, now let’s iron this back…

Now periodically what I’ll do, is I’ll lay this piece over here, and get the ruler that is the size I want the block to end up; I’ll set it in there to see if it’ll fit.  If I can make it work, so that my center piece is still in the center.  It looks like I may be able to get a square out of this; I’m a little short on one side. I can’t seem to quite make it fit, and keep it in the center.  Oh, see, I’ve got a little piece sticking out here, so I’m going to go ahead and trim this up and add one more strip.  And then we’ll have way enough room.  Then all the little pieces you cut off you can use again in another block. It keeps it real scrappy.  Let’s get this one over here…

Again, you just follow that line, keep those angles going.  You want this to be CRAZY angles. Alright, so let’s see, I’m just going to add a strip over here.  See, one two, there are two all the way around… And remember on this too, you can use any size strips that you want, or scraps.  You just keep your angles going, so that you have some resemblance of a circular motion going on.  And we’re going
to iron this open.  Yes, you do want to keep that iron handy, because you do press those seams after each block.  That is really important.

Now see how odd this is?  This whole shape is getting so funny, but it’s got to fit that square.  Alright, so let’s lay our square in here to make it fit now.  Again you just look; I’m eyeballing this to see if the black piece stays in the center.  Then were just going to square up this block, and we’ll use our square to do that.  Here we go.  And then, look at that, you have your first little crazy quilt square block.  It’s so cute.  Now, when I did my quilt over here- let me get some scraps out of the way- when I did my quilt over here, I separated my blocks by a sashing, and kept the middle the same.  On this one over here, it is just crazy, just wild and crazy.  And I’m telling you, if a soldier from Texas can make this quilt, anybody can
make this quilt.  It’s really easy!

So, we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Dear Jenny, have many thanks for this wonderful and uncomplicated idea. My next project will start crazy. Regards from Switzerland, Renate

  • Evelyn Perry

    My husband’s grandmother (Zina Barrus) was very famous in Blackfoot Idaho for her crazy square quilts. She won prizes for them at fairs and made one for each of her many (60+) grandchildren. I wondered what the secret was to them— Thank you so much. I always learn a lot from your tutorials!

    • JackieMSQC

      How interesting! And holy smoke, 60 plus grandchildren?!?! WOW!!!! So glad you enjoy the tutorials!! Happy Quilting!

  • Omaira Garcia

    Hello Jenny! I have been see yours beautiful works. Now i’am starting to make quilt but I need your new line of templates. I would buy it. How could I acquire? Omaira García de Venezuela

  • Kathy Israel

    Enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks.

    • MSQC shop

      Thanks Kathy!

  • I’m getting ready to make this. I already did the serendipity. They turned out great. Thanks for your tutorials.

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      So glad to hear Kathy!!

  • Maggie Burdett

    Judy this is Maggie from Australia thank you very much for all these great tutorials,when I decided to do the receiving blanket I kept your film going, but lo and beholdI got my mitres wrong I was so upset but kept watching the tutorial and I think I have it figured out now, the poor blanket which is a 10 minute project hs been a 2hour one, I am not giving up, thank you again regards