i’m currently participating in a quilting bee with a bunch of lovely women. we’re each making different quilts, so every month we make a different type of block for a different member of the bee. it’s fun because we all get to try a whole range of different blocks, and we all have enough for a full quilt at the end.
the block i made this month was called ‘broken dishes’. it was a really simple block to make, and while there were some good tutorials online, i had a different (and in my opinion, easier) way up my sleeve. i thought i’d write it up and share it, because this is a great block to be able to do. it’d be a really good choice for a first quilt.
to get started, you need:
a fabric pen
a rotary cutter and mat
a quilting ruler
a sewing machine
so, here goes!
first, choose two complimentary fabrics
cut two 5″ square blocks from each of your two fabrics
take one square of each fabric, and lay them on top of each other, right sides together, on your mat.
lining your ruler up with opposite ponts of the top square, draw a line with your fabric pen that bisects the square diagonally.
using your quilting ruler and pen, mark a line 1/4″ from either side of the one you drew in the previous step.
make sure your two pieces of fabric are directly on top of each other, then pin them in place.
using your sewing machine, sew along each of the outer lines that you just drew.
using your quilting ruler and rotary cutter, cut along the original diagonal line you drew.
the two pieces you now have will open out into squares comprised of two contrasting triangles. press them open and trim the little bits of seam that stick out from either side of the square.
repeat this whole process so that you have four squares. lay them out on your mat so that they make the broken dishes pattern.
sew the top left square to the bottom left square to make a rectangle. repeat this with the top right and bottom right squares.
finally, sew the left rectangle to the right rectangle, and you have your completed 8″ block.
i can make a couple of these blocks while the baby has a nap - that’s how quick they are!
hope you’ll find this useful,