October 30, 2019

Broken Dishes Quilt Block

I'm excited to be quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop for their Classic and Vintage series.  This it the Broken Dishes quilt block.  I read where this block first appeared in October 2013 issue of The Quilt Life.

This post contains affiliate links to the Fat Quarter Shop, meaning if you make a purchase at the FQS I may receive a small commission which does not change the price you pay.  

You may recognize the prints from the quilt I recently finished using the Ruby Star Society fabrics.  The center square is Soft Blue Unicorn from Crescent and blue print is Spark in Bright Blue.  The solid is Kona in Bone.

The Fat Quarter Shop kindly sent each participant the Creative Grid ruler Square on Square 8" Trim Tool as well as the 2" HST Triangle on a Roll paper.

I was able to fussy cut the center square with ease using the bonus Trim 4 1/2" Pieced Square. 

And, the ruler made piecing the Square in a Square block a breeze.  The triangles were over-sized, sewn onto the center square and then trimmed down using, first, the Block B-1 reference on the ruler.

Then, when you add the next round of triangles you use the Block B-2 reference on the ruler.  And the result is a smart looking Square in a Square quilt block.

Next, triangles were pieced using the 2" Triangles on a Roll paper and added to the Square in a Square block along with some squares and rectangles.

You'll have a vintage and classic Broken Dishes quilt block.

You can sew along with the Fat Quarter Shop and make your own Broken Dishes block using the free instructions found at the Jolly Jabber in this post.

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  1. What a fun block, with that fussy cut center! It looks so crisp and neat with the white and blue fabric!

  2. Great looking block, that ruler looks very handy.

  3. I'm glad to see you're still creating, and were invited to participate in making a block for the Fat Quarter Shop. It's really cute! Though I have to say that I once made Broken Dishes blocks in a class, and this is not the same block we used. :-)

  4. It sure is a wonderful block! So nice to be able to trim down the over-sized block by just moving the square ruler!

  5. This is beautiful, Paige, and I absolutely love the unicorn!