Monday, December 12, 2011

Crazy Stars

Crazy Eights
Pam & I have always loved star quilts!  The thing we haven't loved, are the templates for making them!  I think that's the best thing about our "Crazy" method is that you can get these great stars without the mess and stress of templates.  Plus, you're done cutting in about 2 minutes!

And even though I love to applique, I don't really like to applique 50, 60 or 100 stars, especially if I can piece them!  This is where our "crazy" star method comes in!  When I made Blackbird Design's Halloween 1904, I didn't applique-I substituted our crazy stars.  So, for your convenience, here's a listing of our finished star sizes and which book or pattern they can be found in so that you'll be able to substitute into your favorite patterns!  Happy piecing!

For a video demonstration of our "crazy" piecing technique, visit our YouTube videos at

           Crazy Star Sizes (finished sizes)
3”:      Olde Glory” from Celebrated Craziness

4”:     "Crazy Bears" from  Star Crossing     OR
          “Going in Circles” from Certifiably Crazy  OR
          Crazy Eights" from Crazy Fun-N- Games OR
           "Churning Stars" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

5”: "Fly the Coop" from CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

5-3/4” (Halloween 1904):        Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy centered on about 8-   1/2” to 9” square so you can get four stars per fat quarter

6”:      “Crazy Goose Chase” from Certifiably Crazy    OR:     
           Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy centered on about 8-1/2” to 9” square so you can get four stars per fat quarter

7”:      Use sections A, B, & C only of “Big Dipper” from Stir Crazy   OR
          Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy

8”:      "Zack's Freedom Flags" from Star crossing OR
          “Checkers” from Crazy Fun-N- Games

8-1/2”:  “Reelin’ “ from Positively Crazy

9”      "Barn Raising" from  Gone Crazy OR 
            "Quilt Show" from CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

10”:     Single Crazy Mexican Hat Dance
12”:    "Ross's Star" from Star Crossing

 8”:        "Churning Stars" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe                                              

4-1/2” x 10-1/2”:   "Quilter's Village" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

 8-1/2” x 13-1/2”:   single Star Crazies

12-1/2” x 15-1/2” “Harvest Stars” from Frightfully Crazy

Range 10” x 14” to 16” x 22” “Breath of Spring”  from Stir Crazy  (the smaller the block, the closer the star points are to the edge of the block; for larger sizes, the star has more “float”.


  1. Thank you, thank you! I'm going to print out the sizes, laminate the copy, and put it in a very safe place!

  2. Can you tell me what book the navy and tan quilt hanging on the fence in your header is from?

  3. You're welcome Val! You can thank the "other" Sandy, too, for getting me moving to get the list done! Lizziebeth, the navy and tan quilt is a single pattern called "Am I Blue". We have it in the shop and would be happy to send it to you; you can call toll free at 877-339-0281 or email Thanks for checking in at our blog!

  4. For the uninitiated...which book details your "crazy star" method?

  5. Hi Kim! Thanks for the question. In this post, the quilt titles and links are in blue and the books titles and links are in green. So all the book titles in green have star quilts made using our method. Any of our books that have the word "Crazy" in the title have quilts made using our piecing method. If the books doesn't have "Crazy" in the title, i.e. "Around the Bend" or "Phebe's Favorites", the quilts in those books are made using traditional piecing methods. The details are in each book so just choose your favorite quilt! You can also check out our You Tube videos that demo our method at this link:

  6. Thank you! Guess what's on my list of things to do after the holiday "crazy-ness" settles down? ;-)

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