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Controlled Chaos: Scrappy Quilt-Along #2

Controlled Chaos - a scrappy quilt-along at Shiny Happy World

I’m so glad that some of you will be joining me in this scrappy quilt-along!

Here’s block #2. This time I used orange and mostly turquoise-ish blues.

Controlled Chaos Block #2

I really like how it turned out!

And here’s a quick mock-up of what it will look like if it ends up next to block #1 in the final quilt.

Controlled Chaos Scrappy Quilt-Along

I like the way the horizontal blue stripes of the first block kind of feed into the blue border of the new block.

What You’ll Need

  • 40  two-inch squares in color A (shown in blue)
  • 60 two-inch squares in color B (shown in orange)


Use 1/4″ seam allowances for all sewing.

Arrange your squares according to the diagram below and sew them together into rows.

Press all the seams. I’m pressing mine open for this quilt. I think it will make things simpler in the end.

Sew the rows together to make the finished block.

Here’s the exploded view. . .

Controlled Chaos Block #2 - exploded

I’m really happy with the contrast in this one. 🙂

I’ve had a couple of questions about my process on this. . .

  • What’s the best way to cut squares from scraps?
  • Is there a tricky way to sew all the blocks together?
  • Is there a special way to make the seams line up just right?

I’m working on a short series of videos to answer these questions and hope to have the first one ready to post next week. Keep any questions coming and I’ll do my best to answer them as we go. 🙂

Block #3 coming next week! Click here for all the Controlled Chaos posts.

If you’re stitching along – please post photos of any finished blocks. We love to see!

Happy piecing!

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  1. Cherie SAYS...

    This is fun! I am still working on my first block. One of the colors that I am using is black. However, I only have a couple or so of different black fabrics. Will that still work out, do you think? Or should I go and buy some more fabric? Ok, I know that defeats the purpose of this quilt. But I really do want to know if it will still look ok.

    • Cherie SAYS...

      By the way, what an excuse for me to go and buy more fabric if you say that it would better with more variety of fabrics. Hee. Hee.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      It will still look ok – but in general I think a wider variety of fabrics is better. It gives the quilt a lot more visual texture. 🙂

  2. Susie SAYS...

    This would be a perfect candidate for using soft fusible interfacing like a postage stamp quilt – so quick to sew up.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I’ve seen that method, but I’ve never tried it before.

  3. Cindi Blazina SAYS...

    Starting this block tomorrow. Just saw where to email a picture of the first one so i will send that out tomorrow too. Really enjoying making this and can’t wait to see the tutorial on hand quilting. Really excited about this quilt. Don’t know as i have quite as many scraps so I may have to make an excuse to go get more fabric. Thanks for doing this.