Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 18


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:

CrazyLoon22. Join another 2 1/8″ x 4″ accent fabric #2 rectangle to the adjacent side of each background unit as shown below:

CrazyLoon43. Press seam open. Your background units will now look like this:

CrazyLoon54. Join one 2 1/8″ accent fabric #1 square to one 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″ accent fabric #2 rectangle. Press seam open. repeat to make two:

CrazyLoon35. Join one 2 1/8″ accent fabric #1 square and two A triangles as shown below. Press seams toward triangles:

CrazyLoon66. Join one 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″ accent fabric #2 rectangle to one side of the triangle unit you made in Step #5. Press seam toward rectangle. Repeat on second triangle unit:

CrazyLoon77. Join the strip you made in Step #4 to the adjacent side of the triangle unit:

CrazyLoon88. Press seam toward rectangle. Your triangle unit should now look like the photo below. Repeat on second triangle unit:


9. Lay your block out like this to better visualize how to piece it together:

CrazyLoon1010. Join into pairs (as if you were making a simple 4-patch block), Join pairs together to complete your block (Don’t worry–We haven’t trimmed anything yet!):

CrazyLoon1111. 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:

CrazyLoon1212. Once you are certain you have the ruler lined up correctly, trim on all four sides, like this:

CrazyLoon1313. Add a B background triangle to each corner of your block. Square up to 9 1/2″, if needed.

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!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

3 thoughts on “Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 18

  1. Pingback: It’s a Quilt-Along! | row house creations

  2. This is a new one to me. Looking at your blocks next to each other, it looks like a whole quilt would pick up a 2ndary & maybe even a tertiary design element. Interesting!

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