TUTORIAL: Broken Dishes Block


Here’s a great little block for all of you beginners out there!

Broken Dishes Block

Broken Dishes Block 2

The Broken Dishes block is a classic traditional block made up entirely of HSTs*.

Its design aesthetics are endless and it is insanely quick to make!

So if you’re looking for an easy block design that is the next step up from a Four Patch Block then you’ve come to the right place!!

Measurements & Cutting Instructions…

From the GREY fabric cut:

– x2: 5″ squares

From the PRINTED fabrics cut:

– x1: 5″ square of each

The finished size of the block is around 22cm square or 8&5/8″ square.

Things I used in this video:
– Printed Fabrics: ‘Piccadilly’ fabric range by DS Quilts Collection
– Clover Finger Presser: http://goo.gl/IOXilY
– Brother Innovis 200QE sewing machine
– Fiskars rotary blades, cutting mats and scissors
– Sew Easy quilting rulers

And here’s a great example by Red Pepper Quilts using the traditional Broken Dishes block in a very modern way! (Personally, I love the use of all the solid colours working so harmoniously together!)

Do you have any quilt blocks you’d love for me to demonstrate? I’m currently in the midst of organising my tutorials schedule for next year and would love to add your suggestion to the list! Comment below with your marvellous idea! 😊

Happy Sewing Friends!


*HSTs = Half Square Triangles

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4 responses to “TUTORIAL: Broken Dishes Block”

  1. I enjoy half squares they are fun and easy I liked your little tiny sewing machine in this video. I just happened to check out your time lapse video and saw you were using your walking foot. Maybe you can do a tutorial on when and how to use yourwalking foot!! Happy quilting

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    • Great idea about the walking foot tutorial! I’ll add it to the ‘to-do’ list!
      That tiny sewing machine is a pencil sharpener! I’ve never used it though. I only bought for its decorative value!! 🙂


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