Thursday, September 15, 2011

Broken Dishes Quilt

As part of the Summer of Stashbusting (which, judging by the weather today, is pretty much done), I pulled out a charm pack of Spriographix that I've had sitting in my cupboard for quite a while. I love the rich colours and that they aren't screamingly girly like most fabrics I tend to choose.

I decided to make an easy Broken Dishes quilt with them. The best part about this quilt is that it is made up almost eniterly of Half Square Triangles. You can find a tutorial on making those here. But, for this one I decided to use a slightly different method.

First, chose 20 charm squares, then cut 20 plain white fabric 5" squares.

Then I layered one white square on top of a charm square, right sides together.

I sewed a 1/4" seam around all four sides.

I actually chain-pieced all mine by sewing all the sides on each square in a row, cut the stitches, then do the next sides on all, and so on.

Trim your corners (this really does help with the bulkiness where your corners join when sewing everything together).

Cut from one corner to the other, then do the same from the uncut corners.

Fold them open and iron your seams to one side.

Voila! four Half Square Triangles in a heartbeat!

Now, take you four HSTs and sew two toghether, as below, and repeat for the other two. Iron those seams!

Then sew your two pieces together to create your Broken Dish block.
Don't forget to iron the seams!
Continue on and make your other 19 blocks the same way.

Once they are all done, lay them out in a 5x4 grid that you like and sew the rows toghether.
Iron all your seams in one direction and then sew the rows toghether.
Iron your seams on the rows.

Now, onto the borders. I decided to use both a dark teal and white border on this one. I cut three 5" strips by width of fabric, for the inside border, and  five 5" strips by width of fabric for the outer border.

Cut one of the green strips in half (should be 5"x22" or so) and attach to the short side of the quilt top and trim any overhang. Iron the seams. Then attached the remaining two strips to the top and bottom, trim the ends to square it up. Iron the seams.

Repeat the same for the white (you will need to piece together two white strips in order to complete the full border in white).
Layer, quilt and bind. I used a white fabric for the backing...but a colour would be fabulous (stashbusting did not allow for a colour binding...dang!).


1 comment:

  1. I just love this quilt! It looks awesome! Maybe I'll make one for my lots of spare fabric lying around. Thanks for sharing!

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