Crazy House Quilt Pattern

Crazy house quilt

Crazy house quilt

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Crazy house quilt block layout

Crazy house quilt block layout

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.

Completed crazy house quilt block

Completed crazy house quilt block

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.


Quilt border

Quilt border

Quilt border

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.



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  1. Ryta Hartzell says:

    This is beautiful, but the cutting instructions are only enough to make 9 blocks. Now I hope I can find suitable material to finish it, as I used stash and don’t have enough to make all the blocks the same, but I am sure I will find something. Thanks for all the neat patterns that you post.

    • Ryta, I am so sorry. You are absolutely right and I have now corrected the cutting instructions. I can only apologise.

  2. Sunny bambridge says:

    Love your site, super patterns and really useful ideas and tips.thank you.

  3. You always make your blocks. Look hard but are easy to do thank you.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    I hope you are enjoying yourself and having a great time. This quilt would be good to give as a housewarming gift. Just might do that.
    Have a great time and a safe trip home,

  5. Have a wonderful time at the wedding – please share pictures!!!! Love the tutorial…but I did look for the house!!!

  6. Another great quilt! I have to say that where I thought the quilt block was, wasn’t it at all.
    Can’t wait to see your pictures.

  7. What a lovely quilt, I loved it!

  8. Rose you have left us with a real beauty. Thank you!
    Enjoy the wedding and your holiday.

  9. Dear Rose
    This quilt pattern is lovely and I am putting on my list of blocks to do.
    Hope you are having a wonderful wedding.

  10. Lovely pattern. Hope you show us the end results. I’ll be interested in knowing what type of meandering you will choose for the backing. Can’t wait to see all the pictures of the wedding and of your side trips to neighboring cities. It all sounds so exciting. I used to love to travel but sadly my traveling days are over. Have a safe trip home.

  11. Crazy Cool! Thanks!

  12. This is a lovely pattern Rose. Hope you are having a lovely time in Zimbabwe but I do miss your video!

  13. Have a wonderful time. I am sure you will be living and remembering every precious second.

    All best wishes.