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Block of the Week 16 Broken Dishes

Block of the Week 16 Broken Dishes

Half Square Triangles are used in thousands of quilt blocks. It all depends on placement and what you put with them that changes the look of the block. Week 16 is the Broken Dishes block. It is all Half Square Triangles and the placement makes the design.

As we have done in previous blocks, your Half Square Triangles will be slightly oversized and you will trim them down to the exact size before sewing them together.

You will need 5 colors and a background

Fabric A - Color 1

Fabric B - Color 2

Fabric C - Color 3

Fabric D - Color 4

Fabric E - Color 5

Fabric F - Background


Fabric A: Cut 4 - 4" squares

Fabric B - 1 - 4" square

Fabric C - 1 - 4" square

Fabric D - 1 - 4" square

Fabric E - 1 - 4" square

Fabric F - 8 - 4" squares


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 8 Background squares.

Place a Background square right sides together with the Fabric A - E squares. Sew 1/4" seam on both sides of drawn line as shown.

Cut apart on the line.

Press toward the darker fabric. You will have 16 slightly oversized Half Square Triangles. Trim them all down to 3 1/2".

You are going to make 4 Broken Dish blocks. Match 2 of your Fabric A Half Square Triangles with 2 of the Fabric B - E Half Square Triangles as shown.

Below is a picture of all 4.

Sew these blocks together like a four patch. Sew the top 2 and bottom 2 Half Square Triangles together. Press toward the darker fabric.

Then sew these 2 pairs together. Press this seam open.

Once you have the 4 blocks, you will lay them out and again sew them together like a 4 Patch.

I pressed all the remaining seams open for less fabric bulk. I took a picture of the back of my block so you could see how I pressed the seams.

Here is the completed block!

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Posted by Beth Spillane

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