Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler - Broken Dishes

This one is a classic.  You can think of it as a four patch or a 16 patch.  It uses a 2 inch subunit as its base.
 Start with two contrasting 2 inch strips.  I chose a dark and light pink.  They will need to be fairly long, if your strips are shorter you might need more than one of each color.  to get the 16 triangles you will need at least 32 inches.
 Place your strips right sides together and cut using the easy angle ruler.
If you don't have an easy angle ruler, try one of the handy tutorials found here.  Or the printable paper method using templates found here.  There are lots of ways to make half square triangles, use the one that works for you.

Your units will be 2 inches unfinished or 1.5 inches finished.
 Cut 16 HST units.  Sew along the hypotenuse and trim the dog ears before pressing toward the dark.
 Your block will be made of four identical subunits which will each be 3.5 inches unfinished.  Look carefully at the layout of the blocks.
 Although it looks confusing, each pair of HST blocks is actually put together identically.  Notice that the top block just gets rotated to make the diamond pattern in the center.  Press each pair carefully toward the dark triangle.
 Assemble the four patches making sure the seams nestle.  The junctions tend to be bulky, so alternating seam allowances are important.
Your block should measure 6.5 inches.  Cute and classic.

If you would like, you can also rearrange the subunits to get a star.  Same pieces, just turned slightly differently.

10 comments:

Kathy S. said...

Your little broken dishes are so cute!

Deb A said...

Very cute! I should be able to whip this one up today.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I have always loved this block. It looks great as a two color quilt or a scrappy quilt.

susan718 said...

I love it!

Angie said...

Can't wait to tackle this one. Pink & white or all scrappy pinks? Decisions...decisions!

Kate said...

Definitely pretty in pink. I'm enjoying this sampler, I'm making blocks that I've seen a lot but have never made. Thanks so much for planning out the sampler.

Quilter Kathy said...

One of my favorite blocks!

katie z. said...

Ugh! I cut my pieces too small and have a teeny tiny block. Why wasn't I paying attention?

katie z. said...

I remade my block and paid attention this time... it looks much nicer! Thank you for taking the time to give us so many lovely blocks each month!

Andee said...

Somehow I overlooked this one...finally went back to see if I was missing any...and viola! Cute block!