Crazy Ann Quilt Pattern

Crazy Ann quilt

Crazy Ann quilt

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.

Completed crazy Ann quilt block

Completed crazy Ann quilt block

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.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Sew one green and one white triangle together

Sew one green and one white triangle together

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.

Completed half rectangle triangles

Completed half rectangle triangles

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!

Crazy Ann quilt block layout

Crazy Ann quilt block layout

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

Sew the four patch units together first

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.

First row of the crazy Ann quilt

First row of the crazy Ann quilt

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.

Second row of the crazy Ann quilt

Second row of the crazy Ann quilt

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.

Third row of the crazy Ann quilt

Third row of the crazy Ann quilt

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.

First and second quilt borders

First and second quilt borders

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.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

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.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About Rose


  1. Esther Edgar says:

    Again a lovely quilt Rose. I was wondering have you ever done a quilt with men’s ties and if so do you have a pattern for one? Thanks so much.
    Esther Edgar

  2. Hi Rose, I moved house on Friday, just catching up with my emails. What a stressful time it is, trying to put a quart into a pint pot, and they call it downsizing ……!

    • Hi Barbara. Good luck with the unpacking. I think the idea is that you’re meant to get rid of some things before you move ….

  3. another lovely quilt.thanks rose

  4. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Hi Rose, your quilt simply flows delicately almost resembling battenberg lace. I like it. Thanks again, Cecilia Alcantar .

  5. Oh! what a lovely quilt. I really like the wonky stars in it. Thank you Rose.

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt. Love the colors. You always have such good ideas. Didn’t get a chance to do much quilting this week,our house in Pittston went up for sale. People were coming out of the woodwork to see it. Signing papers tomorrow. have a possible buyer already. Now to get shaking and get the small stuff out.
    Hope you have a great quilting weekend.

    • Hi Sandra. Wow – that was a quick sale. Well done. My house is on the market now, but I can’t see it selling nearly as quickly as that. You must have a very different system from ours. Once I accept an offer it will still take several months before the paperwork is complete.

  7. Beautiful Rose – I really love the movement in the finished quilt

  8. Hi Rose,
    I looked at the quilt and wondered what kind of fancy templates is needed
    for this. Thankfully, none. It is definitely doable with your tutorial.
    It does look as if it’s dancing. Thanks Rose.

    • Hi Mary. It’s a surprising simple block, isn’t it? The only new thing that I’ve introduced is half rectangle triangles.

  9. Christine Southgate says:

    Thank you for another wonderful quilt Rose. It has so much life & movement.

    Enjoy your weekend in Nantes.


  10. Ann Spittles says:

    Hi Rose, Another lovely pattern…such movement in it, I love it. I am off to Uttoxeter Quilt show tomorrow. I hope you enjoy your weekend. x

    • Hi Ann. I hope you have a great time at Uttoxeter. I would have gone there (and to Wonderwool in Wales) if I hadn’t been coming here to Nantes.

  11. Hi Rose,

    Here’s a pattern I’ve never seen before – I really like it. You’re a clever lady and I am always in awe when I watch you put all the pieces together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. I also watched you quilt with embroidery and it’s something I’d like to try on the rail fence quilt. The quilt is finished but not the backing because I was too busy making the dresses. They are also finished and I’m proud to say that I also made a pair (thanks to YouTube) of sandals for the doll (straps and all) out of card stock. I enjoyed the challenge and was happy with the outcome.

    Enjoy your weekend. It’s still very cold here in CT. Temperatures in the 40’s and low 50’s but I see greenery sprouting up from the ground.

    • Hi Claire. Goodness – you have been busy! Well done for finishing the dresses – and with doll sandals as well. They must have been quite fiddly to make. We are definitely warmer than you at the moment. Everything is such a lovely fresh green at this time of the year.

  12. Dear Rose, What a fabulous quilt. I love it. It is ingenious. Definitely will give it a try. pat v

    • Thanks, Pat. It’s more simple to make than it looks.

      • Hannah Veale says:

        Hi Rose, Absolutely beautiful, love how you placed the blocks, they appear to be gaily dancing about, thank you so much,definitely will make it,
        Best Wishes,

  13. Rose: Love the crazy ann quilt. Would it be possible at the beginning of your pattern to list the size of the quilt as well as the size of the blocks? I would like to make smaller versions of your quilts, but don’t know the size of the quilt block to adjust buying materials. My husband used to live in Halesown and knows Ludlow very well — small world. Judy

  14. Rose, you’ve done it again! This il quilt is so fun and easier to make than it looks. I can’t wait to get my fabric for this one. Thank you!

  15. Rose this quilt is lovely for the simple fact that it has amazing ‘movement’ in it. I absolutely adore it.

  16. Carol Smith says:

    Looks good, but would drive me mad I have to have matching exact. Love your choice of colours. As usual you always surprise with the different quilts you make. Thank you again. Have a brill weekend

    • Thanks, Carol. I don’t use green much normally, but I agree those two greens look good together, don’t they.

  17. Verna Groger says:

    This is so cool – the stars look like they’re dancing! Thanks for all yougreat tutorials. 🙂

    • Thanks, Verna. I just love being able to make quilts all week and then share them with such lovely people who say nice things about them!

  18. Meredith says:

    LOVE the movement in this quilt, Rose. Your corner four-patch blocks look like shaded four-patches; I wonder whether they could be created using the no-triangle strip method, which would make them the same height as your rectangles. Are the four-patches 6” finished (and the rectangles 3” finished)?
    (This is Deb Tucker’s method, which I really like, using her ruler: )

    • Hi Meredith. It’s not a method that I’m familiar with, but it looks as if it gives the same result. I can’t have a good look at it till I get home. The four patch units are 6″ square finished size and each rectangle is 6″ by 3″, making 6″ square for the pair of rectangles.

  19. Sheila Lymn says:

    Hi Rose this is quilt very different mm I like it ,Hope your having a lovely time in Nantes and that you found the Elephant .

  20. Gwendy Burtz says:

    Rose, I want to thank you for all the time you give to share your wonderful ideas. I really appreciate it!
    Gwendy Burtz Massillon, Ohio

  21. Mary woolley says:

    Well done another great quilt Rose you are so talented , where do you get the time?
    Best wishes Welsh mary x

    • Hi Mary. I can find the time for quilting – it’s things like housework that I struggle to find the time for! No doubt you’ve heard the saying: The only time housework comes before quilting is in the dictionary!

  22. So wow.

  23. Dear Rose – This pattern is more like Dancing Stars to me. What fun. Do hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you do.

    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. That’s a great name for it – the stars do seem to dance, don’t they. I’ve come to Nantes for a quilt exhibition but it doesn’t seem to be where it’s meant to be, so I hope I find it tomorrow.