Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: June Block of the Month

June 2017 NancyZieman WM

Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: June Block of the Month

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June 2017 NancyZieman WM

Introducing the June Block of the Month

Crazy House* block is the June Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Block. Like all blocks in this year’s block of the month challenge, this block is 15″ (finished size) and is created using quick strip-piecing techniques. Simple!

During this 12-month block of the month challenge, all blocks will be made from one 24-piece fat quarter bundle and 2-1/4 yards of cream background fabric. We’re using the fat quarter bundle, Garnet, it’s my most recent fabric line from Penny Rose, a division of Riley Blake Designs. You’re definitely welcome to use another collection of fabric, or fabrics from your stash!

Garnet CakeStand Nancy Zieman

Choose the Fabrics

For the Crazy House block, select the following fabrics from your Garnet fat-quarter bundle. If you’ve chosen another fabric collection, select one medium tone, one dark tone, one light tone, and the background fabric, for a total of four fabrics.

Nancy Zieman Block of the Month Fabrics for June 2017Cut

  • One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ light square (pink)
  • Eight 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ medium squares (paisley)
  • Four 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background squares (cream)
  • Four  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ dark squares (garnet)
Nancy Zieman Block of the Month Fabric Squares for June 2017
  • One strip 3-7/8″ x 18″ background fabric
  • One strip 3-7/8″ x 18″ medium fabric (paisley)June 2017 Nancy Zieman 6


  • Layer the background and paisley strips, matching right sides.
  • Cut four pairs of squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″.
CutSquares NancyZieman

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

  • Align block sets right sides together. A print is paired with a solid block.
  • Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
  • For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designed to create the 3-1/2″ HST blocks used in this month’s block.

January 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing WIth Nancy

  • Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 3-1/2″ HST icon on the left side of the gauge.
  • Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.

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Note from Nancy Logo     The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.

Stitch Half-Square Triangle Block Sets

  • Attach a 1/4″ patchwork/quilting foot.
  • Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
  • Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
  • Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.

Crazy House June Quilt Block 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks. Rotate blocks 180-degrees. Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch.

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  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.
Crazy House June Quilt Block 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy
  • With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings. 

Crazy House June Quilt Block 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.

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  • Create a total of eight HST units.

Create the Block

  • All seam allowances are 1/4″.
  • Arrange the large block as shown:

June 2017 Nancy Zieman Arrange

  • Join pairs of blocks to create rows.
Crazy House June Quilt Block 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy
  • Stitch one row at a time, starting with the top row.
  • Row One:

June Row 1

  • Row Two:

June Row 2

  • Row Three:

June Row 3

  • Row Four:

June Row 4

  • Row Five:

June Row 5

  • Press odd numbered row seam allowances in one direction and even numbered seam allowances in the opposite direction.
  • Arrange the rows.

June Rows

  • Join rows one and two.
  • Join rows three and four.
  • Interlock the seam allowances at each unit. Press.
  • Add the fifth row.

June Rows Constr

  • Stitch the final row seam to create the block.

June 2017 NancyZieman WM

The sixth block in the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt is solved!
* Crazy House Block, illustrated in Ladies Art Company, published 1928. 

Share Your Success!

If you are on social sites, let all your friends know you are working on Nancy Zieman’s 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt by tagging your post with the hashtag: #NZBoM. Share your finished blocks with Nancy and her team by emailing them to [email protected].

During the 2015 Quilt Adventure and the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza, I shared three virtual quilt designs made with the month’s single block. This year, I’m changing it up and sharing block color variations of one block.  Please note that the fabrics required for color-varied blocks will be slightly different than the original block of the month directions presented.

Take Your Block to the Next Level

  • Visualize an entire quilt made from this block. Each block will measure 15″ square when sewn into a quilt. The first quilt presented is a the Crazy House block in a traditional on-point setting. Read more on finishing the quilt in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes.

JuneBoM Quilt

  • Notice the subtle differences in these four color variations of the Crazy House block.

 Virtual concepts presented in this post are created using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software, available at Nancy’s Notions.

Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes on Sewing With Nancy online.

If you missed any of the complete block tutorials, find the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Block of the Month on my blog.

Watch for the July Block of the Month on Saturday, July 15th.

Bye for now,
Nancy Zieman The Blog

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  • Knella
    June 17, 2017

    Yay! I always LOVE seeing the Block of the Month come!

    I just wish that the fabric we’re told to choose was the same as in the finished piece. Notice the dark red in the finished block is different from what they show to choose.

  • Juanita Witcher
    June 17, 2017

    I missed the April block, is there any way to resend that block to me please and thanks.

  • Julie Kill
    June 19, 2017

    love this block! I’m going to make a quilt with this one!

  • Łinda Rupe
    June 19, 2017

    I love this fabric collection! Iam reminded that when i was a child I asked my mother if i could have a garnet birthstone set rather than the ruby because the color was deeper, richer and prettier to me at the time. (I learned to appreciate rubies later.)

  • Sherry
    June 19, 2017

    Once again the fabrics shown on the first page (finished block) are not the same as the ones shown further into the block. It seems that you changed the dark red. It’s very confusing, but I have been using the one shown in the later pages rather than the one on the first page. Could someone please proof-read the instructions?

    I love the fabric and the patterns and thank you very much for everything. I tend to cut first and look later so it would help if it could be corrected.

  • Carolyn Newsome
    June 20, 2017

    The color blocked 4-piece tote would be my choice. All my life (70+ years) I’ve purchased .25 yd of fabric. This would make a good use of at least 4 of them. I could even use a 5th one to make a sash.
    I’m delighted to find Nancy’s blog. I’ve watched the PBS broadcast for many, many years. Thank you, Nancy.

  • Rita Nystrom
    June 22, 2017

    I’m having a ball doing the Block of the Month however, I believe there’s an error this month. Only need to cut one 3 7/8 x 18 ” strip of the two colors, not two.

  • Linda Height
    June 22, 2017

    I’m having a great time doing this and I love this months block. Thanks Nancy

  • Claudia
    June 30, 2017

    Love it! I’m a new visitor to this website and I like the material here, I got inspired!

  • josee campion
    January 1, 2021

    I Nancy, i begin quilting and you are a nice teacher, you help me so much and it is so easy to falow your tuto. Tank’s

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