Sorry – the crazy house quilt doesn’t actually use a single house quilt block. I have no idea where the name of the block comes from, but it makes an interesting quilt because the colours blend from one block to the next so that you almost lose where each quilt block begins and ends. There are sixteen crazy house quilt blocks laid out in four rows of four. I have used dark blue as my dark fabric, light blue as the medium and a white floral as the light fabric, using 1.3/4 yards of white fabric with 1.1/4 yards of light blue and 1.3/4 yards of dark blue. The quilt measures 64″ square.
Cutting requirements for the crazy house quilt
3.1/2″ squares: eighty white, ninety six dark blue, ninety six light blue
3.7/8″ squares: sixty four white, thirty two dark blue, thirty two light blue
For the border you will need six 2.1/2″ lengths of dark blue cut across the width of fabric
Making the crazy house quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with either a dark blue or a light blue square, right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Press the seam allowances towards the blue fabric and trim the corners.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five squares. The middle row horizontally is alternating squares of white and dark blue, while the middle row vertically is alternating squares of light blue and white. Broadly the patchwork forms two dark triangles on the sides and two light triangles at top and bottom.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Assembling the crazy house quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four blocks, making sure that they are all facing the same way as each other.
From the 2.1/2″ lengths of dark blue fabric, make two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the crazy house quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the quilting for beginners page.
There’s no video this week – if you are reading this on Friday, then I am in Zimbabwe attending my niece’s wedding right now! I’ll be able to show you photos next week.