Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Hello Dear Friends and Readers, I just have to share this idea with you.  For ages now I have been thinking about making a Broken Dishes quilt. I just love those blocks, and although the concept is pretty simple, I believe they always make delightful quilts.  The antique and vintage images of quilts I have seen. never fade in desirability in my mind.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, recently  Bonnie Hunter posted one of her quilt images with lovely inspiring words on a vintage Broken Dishes which was all scrappy.  My goodness – I was inspired!! Immediately , I thought of my Scrappy Pinwheel in a Square and some other blocks I have made easy (which I will link below).  I couldnt help thinking this could also be made super easy, so I set to work!

I have a small set of plaid fabrics which I thought would be perfect to incorporate, and as I always say, “Everything is Good with Gingham” (and other checks and plaids too),

Scrappy broken dishes style blocks have been popular in antique Dutch quilts and give a particularly appealing look which really has lasted the test of time.  This would have taken some considerable time to do when trying to achieve lots of different fabrics for each block.

These Broken Dishes blocks can be achieved with a moderated colour scheme, or fabric style, or, just go for it, and use random scraps.  It think the only caveat would be to have some light and dark contrast or colour contrast.

Today I am going to show you how you can make this great block very scrappy with minimal effort – and sorry, I‘m not followIng all “rules“ with this one….😂

This pattern is suitable for precut charm squares, or you can cut your own, which is generally my preference.

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Please read all instructions before beginning.

Requirements for Totally Scrappy Broken Dishes Block

8 of 5” x 5” squares.  They should all be different.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Method for Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Set the eight 5” x 5” squares right sides together into four pairs.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Sew a 1/4” seam around the outside of each set.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Now there should be four sets like this.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Using a rotary cutter and ruler, carefully cut once on each diagonal to reveal 16 sets of 2 half square triangles.  Please be aware that all the edges are on the bias, so handle with care, do not stretch.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Finger press each seam to the dark side.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Trim off the doggy ears.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Now you can mix them up into sets of four as you like.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Carefully stitch them together like a Four patch.  For more ideas on four patches click this link Four Patch Favourite because they are a great “building block“ For quilts.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Give a gentle press to the blocks.

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Not a bad result!

Then make some more.  😀

There are the blocks!

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Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy

Stay tuned for the next instalment on Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like,

Hourglass Super Fast Blocks Tutorial

The Arrowhead Quilt Block Made Easy

Antique Tile Block Made Easy Tutorial

The Spinner Blocks Made Easy Part 1

Hope you can get some sewing done today!

All the best,

Susie

© Susan Stuklis 2020

2 thoughts on “Broken Dishes Block Totally Scrappy – Made Easy”

  1. Hi, my name is Sherri and I live in Oklahoma USA. Just found your site and am soooooo appreciative of the no sales approach to teaching what you have learned in scrappy quilting. I started with a huge scrap collection from my great aunt in the 90’s.. Was just hooked on quilting before that!!!!! Have been searching for new ways to do things. Thank you so much.. I too am an avid gardener..

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