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Block 5 in the Controlled Chaos Scrappy Quilt-Along

Block 5 in the Controlled Chaos Scrappy Quilt-Along at Shiny Happy World

Here’s block five in the Controlled Chaos scrappy quilt. I still had lots of purple scraps out from last week, and I love purple and green together so I went with that pairing. I love it!

I know I say that every time – but I really love how this quilt is coming together.

Here’s how the blocks look so far. . .

Controlled Chaos five blocks with no sashing

Barely controlled chaos. I like it!

I love the way the blocks blend together with no sashing. It’s hard to tell where one stops and the next starts and I really like the unruliness of it. One quilter who’s playing along mentioned that she might put sashing between her blocks – so I thought I’d share that version of the mock-up here too. . .

Controlled Chaos five blocks with sashing

This chaos is definitely more controlled. I like it too!

I think both versions look terrific. How much chaos are you comfortable with? 🙂

Ready to make block #5?

What You’ll Need

  • 49  two-inch squares in color A (shown in purple)
  • 51 two-inch squares in color B (shown in green)


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 5 exploded

I have to be away from my studio all next week, so we’ll be taking a week off of Controlled Chaos. But check in tomorrow for a new video! This one shows how I match seams to sew the blocks together when I’ve pressed the seams open.

Click here for all the Controlled Chaos posts.

Happy piecing!



  1. Laura SAYS...

    Love this one!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks! 🙂

  2. Cindi SAYS...

    Haha I decided even before looking at this that I was gonna use purple and green and exactly they way you have it. Cool