Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

The Broken Dishes block is a simple quilt block consisting of four right triangles that meet in the center.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

This tutorial uses a light fabric and a dark fabric for clarity but you can use whatever fabrics you like!

To begin, cut a square that is 1 1/4-inch larger than the size you want your final block to be from both the light and dark fabrics.

 

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Cut each square diagonally in both directions thus yielding four small right triangles.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

With the right angle of the triangles pointed towards the upper left, pin a light triangle to a dark triangle wrong sides together and with the light triangle on top, along the left short side.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Sew the triangle pair together along their pinned sides with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Press each sewn piece open with the seam allowance pressed towards the dark fabric. You now have a larger right triangle.

Repeat these last three steps with a second light and dark triangle to create a second larger right triangle.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Each block is made out of two of these larger right triangles sewn together along their long sides. The seam allowances should be facing in opposite directions as shown above.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Pin the two pieces right sides together, along their long sides paying special attention to lining up the center seams. Sew them together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Broken Dishes Block | Purl Soho

Press the blocks open. Press the last seam allowance to one side.