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Controlled Chaos Scrap Quilt – Block #18

Controlled Chaos Scrap Quilt - block 18

Here’s block #18 in the Controlled Chaos Quilt! There are only two left after this!

What You’ll Need

  • 64  two-inch squares in color A (shown in aqua)
  • 36 two-inch squares in color B (shown in red)


Use 1/4″ seam allowances for all sewing.

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

Arrange your squares according to the diagram below.

Controlled Chaos Scrap Quilt - block 18

For this block I worked in big chunks. I sewed things up in the following order. . .

  • Sew all your individual squares into pairs of matching colors. You should have 32 aqua pairs and 18 red pairs.
  • Sew the aqua pairs into large 4 x 4 squares. You’ll need four of them.
  • Sew the red pairs into 2 4×2 rectangles and 2 rows each 10 squares long.
  • Sew the long red rows together into one long rectangle 2 x 10 squares.
  • Sew one aqua block to one short red 2 x 4 rectangle and then to another aqua block. Repeat with the remaining aqua blocks and 2 x 4 red rectangles.
  • Assemble the final block by sewing an aqua/red row to the long red 2 x 10 rectangle and then to the last aqua/red row.

That’s 18 blocks done. I can’t believe we’re down to the last two!

Controlled Chaos Scrap Quilt - block 18

Here’s what I calculated I’ll need to finish the quilt. I’m going to use a grey solid – I’m looking for a nice slate color. I’ll need. . .

  • 1 1/4 yards for the sashing
  • 5 yards for the backing
  • 3/4 yard for the binding

I usually use Cuddle Fleece to back my quilts, but I want to hand quilt this one and I think the Cuddle Fleece will be too thick for that, so I’m going to use the same grey fabric. I’m going to big stitch quilt in a lot of different colors – it should make pretty speckling on the back and they’ll show up nicely on the solid.

I’ll be back next week with the penultimate block!

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Happy piecing!



  1. Diana Nelson SAYS...

    Big stitch quilting is my new favorite subject – please do a post or video about this. Love the look of big stitch and any hints and tips for doing it would be helpful.