Quilting Gorgeous ‘Broken Dishes’ Block Is Perfect For Any Skill Level


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Half square triangles are insanely easy to make, and they can create a ton of extraordinary finished products. The broken dishes block is one of those beautiful creations.

It’s practically as easy as actually breaking a dish!


Not only is the broken dishes block insanely fast to sew, but it’s perfect for beginners. No matter your skill level, you’re gonna love making this quilt!

Here’s how to do it.

For each block, you will need:

  • 2 squares 4″x4″ in one color or pattern
  • 1 square 4″x4″ in another color or pattern
  • 1 square 4″x4″ in a third color or pattern

Draw a diagonal line across the first fabric, both squares. Pin one square each to the other two fabrics. Sew on both sides of that diagonal line with a 1/4″ seam.

Cut along the diagonal line you drew prior. Open and press, then trim the squares to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

Then it’s time to arrange those new squares. Each square you get should be adjacent to its match. Face one of them together with the first fabric facing each other, and the other with the opposite fabric facing.

Sew those all together, and your block is all done!

You can arrange this quilt in a number of ways. Switch the blocks directions as you sew, or sew them all the same way. Regardless, the quilt will end up beautiful.

Happy quilting!