The Crazy Ann quilt is definitely one that I am thrilled with. It’s made with just one quilt block, but because it’s an asymmetric block it produces a beautiful design when the blocks are rotated before being sewn together. The block is called Crazy Ann, although I tend to think of it as a crazy star block. I have made nine of the blocks with three quilt borders.
The quilt measures 55″ square and I have used 1 yard of white fabric, 1.1/4 yards of dark green and 1.1/2 yards of light green.
Cutting requirements for the Crazy Ann quilt
3.1/2″ squares: forty five dark green, thirty six light green
3.7/8″ squares: thirty six light green, thirty six white
3.7/8″ by 6.7/8″ rectangles: twenty seven dark green, twenty seven white
For the border you will need to cut ten 2.1/2″ strips of light green cut across the width of fabric and five 1.1/2″ strips of dark green cut across the width of fabric.
Making the Crazy Ann quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a light green and a white square with 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 triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out. These half square triangle units are 3.1/2″ square.
We cannot make half rectangle triangles in the same way, but they are also simple to make. Cut both the white and the dark green rectangles along one diagonal to make two triangles.
Match up one green and one white triangle to make a complete rectangle. Notice that you can make two different half rectangle triangles – the two shown in the top right of the photo are mirror images of each other, with one having the green on the left and the other having the green on the right.
Sew the two triangles together. Don’t place the two edges of the triangles completely in line with each other – look at the bottom of the photo and you’ll see that the white triangle sticks out about 1/4″ above the green at one end and the tip of the green triangle sticks out about 1/4″ below the white triangle at the other end.
Press the resulting rectangles open and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
This method of making half rectangle triangles is very simple but can be wasteful. Some patterns use both versions of the rectangle while some use only one version. The crazy Ann quilt block uses three of the one shown with the green on the left and only one of the mirror image with the green on the right for each block. You’ll have to put the other ones to one side to be used in a different pattern. I’ll try and come up with a pattern to use them soon!
Lay the patchwork out as shown. This is the equivalent of five rows of five, if you count each half rectangle triangle as two squares. The single half rectangle triangle with the green on the right is placed on the right of the central square while the three with the green on the left are placed above, below and to the left of the central square.
The corner units are all the same as each other – a four patch unit made with a dark green and a light green square diagonally opposite each other and two half square triangles diagonally opposite each other.
Sew the four patch units together first. You can then sew them to each side of the half rectangle triangles to make one complete row at the top and bottom of the crazy Ann quilt block. The central row is made by sewing together the central square with a half rectangle triangle on either side of it.
Sew the three rows together to complete the crazy Ann quilt block. This is now a 15.1/2″ square and you will need to make nine of them.
Assembling the crazy Ann quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. The design comes by rotating the blocks. If you look at the spokes of the star in the middle block of the photo, the two horizontal spokes make a shape a bit like the base of a pyramid. The two vertical spokes make a shape more like a wonky rectangle. I am going to use the direction of the pyramid base as the guide to how to place these blocks.
So, for the first block the pyramid base is placed vertically, pointing to the right. In the second block, the pyramid base is placed horizontally facing up while in the third block the pyramid base is horizontal, pointing down.
In the second row, the first block uses the pyramid base placed vertically, facing to the left. The second block has it placed horizontally, facing up. This is the same as the second block of the first row. In the third block the pyramid base is placed vertically facing right.
The first block of the third row has the pyramid base placed horizontally, facing up. In the second block it is placed horizontally, facing down and in the third block it is placed vertically, facing left.
If you find these instructions confusing, please do take a look at the video where it may be more clear because I can point at the way that I am placing the blocks.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Crazy Ann quilt border
I have used three borders to frame the quilt. The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of light green fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of dark green. You’ll need two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of light green. You’ll need two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the crazy Ann quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full instructions for these steps in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
A very busy weekend ahead – all quilt related. I’ll be able to give you full details next week.