This week’s quilt-along block, Block #18, is Crazy Loon, attributed to Nancy Cabot:
From Encyclopedia f Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, ©1993: Published by Nancy Cabot Syndicated column written by Loretta Leitner Rising for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s. There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also sold by the Spinning Wheel syndicate and the Progressive Farmer. The Cabot column began in 1932 and continued through the decade. Patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again as far as I know. Many of those attributed to Cabot by various indexers are probably NOT actually from that source.
From background, (white in photo above) cut 2 — 3 5/8″ squares, 2 — 3 1/4″ squares (cut in half diagonally to make 4 B triangles), and 1 — 3 1/2″ square (cut in half diagonally in both directions to make 4 A triangles).
From accent fabric #1 (Lime/pink dot print in photo above), cut 4 — 2 1/8″ squares
From accent fabric #2 (Green bead print in photo above), cut 4 — 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″ rectangles, and 4 — 2 1/8″ x 4″ rectangles.
TIP: Because this block is a little complicated, and set on point in a way, I recommend laying your pieces out like I did above so you can see how they will fit together before you start piecing.
1. Join one 3 5/8″ background square and one 2 1/8″ x 4″ accent fabric #2 rectangle. Press seam allowance toward print fabric. Repeat to make two background units:
9. Lay your block out like this to better visualize how to piece it together:
11. Using a 9 1/2″ ruler (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED since that is the finished size of our block) line up the 4 3/4″ marks, both horizontally and vertically, with the center point of your block (where the two background rectangles meet). You should have a generous 1/4″ seam allowance left on all four sides where the accent fabric #1 squares and the large background squares meet the edges:
Here is my finished block, beside Trina’s finish block:
Piecing this block threw me at first (I didn’t have directions!) but if you follow step-by-step the instructions given, I promise it will work and it isn’t as complicated as it look.
I sort of want to make an entire quilt using this block!
How are you doing with your own Quilt-a-Long blocks? Hopefully our unintended break gave you time to get all caught up! Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group! Or email us a pic at rowhousecreations(at)yahoo(dot)com. We’d love to see them!