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crazy quilt potholder

Crazy Quilt Block

Hot Pad, Pot Holder
or Quilt

Finished block measures
8.5" x 8.5"

Fast & Fun to make!

Wonderful pattern for beginners. Use for quilt, pillow, pot holder, eyeglass case, or anything else you can dream up.


What Is Crazy Quilting?

Crazy quilting is a great way to use up scraps. It consists of stitching odd shaped pieces to one another using a muslin or cotton base fabric. There are several methods for crazy quilting. This is the method that I use.

Check out our Flip & Sew Fabric Art for a similar method of sewing.

4-5 strips of fabric, each measuring approximately 4" x 12"

1 8.5" x 8.5" square of white cotton fabric (or muslin) for crazy quilt base

Blendable thread for machine embroidery (or hand embroidery threads)

Various embellishments such as yarn, lace, buttons, ribbon, etc.

Supplies for Hot Pad or Pot Holder:

1 8.5" x 8.5" square of insul-bright hot pad insulation

binding: approximately 40" of 1.5" wide fabric(longer if you are adding a hanging loop)

1 8.5" x 8.5" square of backing fabric or Therma Flec heat resistant cloth (silver fabric to use on side that comes into contact with hot surface)

2 squares of 8.5" x 8.5" cotton batting


1. Lay out all strips of fabric (image on right shows 3 of the 4 strips that I used) fabric strips
2. Place the fabric strips in a stack and make three straight cuts at random angles. cut fabric strips
3. Place one fabric piece in the center of the muslin square. place first piece
4. Place second fabric piece right sides together over first piece, aligning one edge. If you prefer, you can lay the second piece at a random angle, but be sure that when you stitch them together you will totally enclose one side of the first piece. In other words, don't leave muslin showing between sewn pieces.

Press seams open. Trim seam alowance to 1/4".
stitch second piece

Repeat until the entire muslin square is covered. Refer to images below.

pressed second piece stitch third piece continue stitching pieces

HINTS: Press between each step. Trim seams between each piece. If you have a piece that contains an edge that will not be sewn into a seam, fold it under before stitching it into place. This way, it will not contain a raw edge. Refer to image below left.

If you have a long edge to connect to, stitch a few pieces together and then attach them as one piece. Refer to image below right.

folded_edge connected pieces

When the muslin piece is totally covered, turn to back side of block and trim off all edges. The block should measure 12.5" x 12.5". Baste around the outer edge of the block, 1/8" from the edge, to secure raw edges.

The finished, trimmed block is shown at right. Several pieces have raw edges that are folded under. Other areas were sewn as a connected group of pieces.
trimmed block

embellish Embellish!
When the block is finished, embellish with machine embroidery, buttons, lace, hand embroidery, appliques and other items. Besides being decorative, the stitching will attach any loose edges. See decorative thread

Refer to Basket Hot Pad for instructions on finishing your hot pad or pot holder.

Refer to Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on binding, layering and backing a quilt.

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