Today I get to show you how to make Broken Dishes Quilt Blocks using Heather Bailey’s new “Hello Love” fabric.
The fabric not only has beautiful bold colors but is filled with fun prints inspired by The Beatles!
(Which may or may not be the reason I have had Blackbird stuck in my head for the past week….)
And when I saw it I knew I wanted to create something happy and vibrant and full of movement…so after much thought I decided upon a “Broken Dishes” quilt.
I felt that if I changed the scale of the blocks and placed fabric combinations in a random order rather than a systematic one it would not only show off the fabric but give the quilt a modern feel. And I think I was successful because I really love this quilt!
And it was easy to make…Broken Dishes Quilt Blocks are made by stitching together 4 Half Square Triangle Blocks.
To create 2 Half Square Triangle Blocks at a time just follow these simple directions:
For the Half Square Triangle blocks I used in my quilt I started with 5.5″ squares and after pressing I quickly squared them off an cut off the “tails”.
Now even though I used my 4 Half Square Triangles to create a “Broken Dishes” pattern I wanted to show you how versatile Half Square Square Triangle Blocks are so below are 4 different ways to use Half Square Triangles to create different blocks:
Cool right? Just by placing them in different arrangements you get totally different looks!
But the block I wanted was a traditional “Broken Dishes” pattern which places the Half Square Triangles in a pattern where the triangles reflect each other on the diagonal like the one below:
When I make my Broken Dishes I lay out my 4 Half Square Triangles like in the photo above.
Then I place the top two blocks on top of each other with right sides together and stitch together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
When I am finished stitching them together I open them up and press.
Next I repeat that same process with the bottom two blocks.
And finally I place the top 2 stitched Half Square Triangles on top of the bottom 2 Half Square Triangles and stitch together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Then open and press.
That’s all there is to it! And each block has a completely different personality just because of the fabric choices!
Each of the Broken Dishes Quilt Blocks in my quilt were squared up to be 9″x9″ and I made 21 of them.
Then I added 4 more 9″x9″ “blocks” that were just solid pieces of fabric…I did thins to add variety to the quilt…and because I couldn’t resist the octopus print.
In fact I loved that print so much I used it when I pieced the back of the quilt as well….
Anyway, back to the blocks!
This quilt is 5 blocks wide and 5 blocks long with each block measuring 9 inches.
I then added a 5″ border.
And that was that.
But guess what else I did….
When I cut out my quilt I cut out enough squares for one of you to make the same quilt top!
To enter to win the quilt top kit just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Beatles song!
Kelly Paulson says
Hard day’s night. . . I think. It’s so tough to choose!
Cindy Weber Rounds says
Hey Jude has been my favorite Beatles song since we sang a medley in high school chorus.
Ashley Cornia says
Michelle Bump says
JD LITTLE says
“Here Comes the Sun”!
Shannon Hobbs says
I love Blackbird!
Jennifer Ankeny says
I saw her standing there! Hmm….or Let it be.
I love this quilt! It makes me feel…Here comes the sun!
Hard Day’s Night
Kristi White says
My husband is from Liverpool. Without telling me because it’s “just the place he grew up” he took me to Strawberry Fields, Abbey Rd and Penny Lane. When someone asked if I’d ever been to any of the famous Beatle places I was all Nope and he was all Yep and then I yelled at him for not saying something at the time. My favorite Beatle’s song is “Something” and “Octopus’s Garden” .
Strawberry Fields because it’s the first Beatles song I ever heard.
Anne Dawson says
All you need is love is my favourite. The fabric looks gorgeous and your quilt is perfect for it.
Blackbird! You nailed it.
“All you need is Love” Is my favorite!
Let It Be takes the cake for me. If there was never ever another Beatles song ever made, that would be the one I’d pick as the one I could listen to on repeat as their one and only song ever. ❤
Jess Cook says
Oh wow. Sooo many good ones, for now I guess I’ll just pick one: Hey Jude.
Michelle Johnson says
The Long and Winding Road…:)
Patricia Rawles says
Yellow Submarine, sounded fun when I first heard it!
Kim Orlandini says
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Twist & Shout!
LAURA A says
Twist and Shout!
Sandy Allen says
It hard to pick just one! I think my favorite is “Yesterday.”
Grace O 'Donnell says
Michelle -I named my daughter Michelle after this song.
Holly Crouse says
In My Life. It was my Dad’s favorite too. ❤️
Evelyn Ware says
Hey Jude is one of my favorites.
Denise Bryant says
My favorite Beatles song is While My Guitar Gently Weeps!
Imagine! Such a fun quilt!
Laurie P says
All You Need is Love. Love, love, love this fabric!
Natasha White says
Definitely has to be “Here Comes The Sun”. Always puts me in a gold mood. Beautiful quilt wotk! ❤
Cathy C says
Great quilt. I’d have to say Yesterday. One of the few songs I could play on the guitar as a teenager!
Adrienne woods says
I am in love with that octopus fabric! My favorite Beatles song would have to be penny lane or imagine!
My favorite Beatles song is “Yellow Submarine.” Years ago I taught young at- risk students, I sang this song constantly, it always made them groan and laugh at me but after a couple of weeks they would be singing along. Often they would say “Miss, that gets stuck in your head!”
Colleen Halling says
here comes the sun, especially after all this rain in Southern California.
I love so many Beatles songs, but Blackbird and Good Day Sunshine are favorites.
Kristine W Clay says
Thanks for the fun tutorial! I was never a big beatles fan but my husband really likes 8 days a week and here comes the sun.
Corinne Reagan says
Well now I’ve got Blackbird stuck in my head too! Wow I just love the bright colors in this and the octopus is fabulous!
Jennifer M. says
I Wanna Hold Your Hand is my fave! Love your quilt. Fingers crossed!!
All you need is love
All you need is love 🙂
Claudette Roy-Viall says
Love the quilt,
Colors just pop!!
Let it be
Claudette Roy-Viall says
Beth F says
Eleanor Rigby – the strings playing in that song have always grabbed me!
Elizabeth W. says
My favorite Beatles aong is here comea the sun. When I was in 5th grade my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I was lost and angry. My 5th grade teacher who was a gigantic Beatles fan pulled me aside and told me the song reminded her of me. Since that day it has been ny favorite. [My mom has been cancer free sonce 2000.]
Elizabeth W says
Hahahaha. Ok so that’s this is what happens when you post something at 6 in the morning before you’ve had your coffee. Sorry for all the spelling errors. Let’s try this again.
My favorite Beatles song is here comes the sun. When I was in 5th grade my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I was lost and angry. My 5th grade teacher who was a gigantic Beatles fan pulled me aside and told me the song reminded her of me. Since that day it has been my favorite. [My mom has been cancer free since 2000.]
Hey Jude I guess.
Amanda Best says
Beautiful broken dishes quilt! I think my favorite would be Here Comes the Sun.
Rhonda B. says
I am not a big Beatles fan, but my choice is “Let It Be”. Thanks for the chance to win.
cheryl norwood says
Love the quilt and thanks for the directions. “All You Need Is Love” and “Imagine” are my favorites.
Amazing quilt and such a generous giveaway!
A Hard Days Night.
Oh my gosh, there’s so many good ones!!! But an absolute favorite would have to be “Do you want to know a secret” I used to sing this song all the time when I was a little girl!
Christi J says
Eight Days a Week!
Linda Blakita says
Here Comes the Sun, at least I hope it’s coming.
Blackbird! And I love this quilt top, so fun!
Leigh Sabey says
I love Let it Be.
Debbie Unelli says
Hmmm I love the Beatles…maybe hey Jude..or all you need is love…or a hard days night!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Liz Saum says
Great instructions – thanks for sharing!
I wanna hold your hand! Beautiful quilt and great tutorial! Thank you!
Jeananne Lybbert says
Michelle or Love Love Me Do
Sasha Farnsworth says
I wanna hold your hand.
Sarah C says
Strawberry fields forever of course love the broken dishes
Claire Ross says
Hey Jude is my favourite
Liz Dyer says
My favorite Beatles song is “Yesterday”. Cute kit, tank’s for the chance at another great giveaway.
“I Feel Fine” was a favorite of mine waaaaaay back in the day!! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I hope I’m not too late to enter. 🙂
I want to hold your hand 🙂 I can’t help but start singing whenever I even see the song name.
Carol Thompson says
Song, “Yesterday”, my husband and I are 70 years young, and the Beatles we loved anything Beatles, but now, all these years later, “Yesterday” seems so appropriate, and your fabric is “sew ” perfect for The Beatles era! My husband was in England during the Beatles , due to his father getting orders to England. He loved it, and he went to all the Beatles places, and 20 years later, he was in the Air Force, and got orders to Germany. We went to England Every chance we had. At that time our boys were really into the Beatles music, so we took them to Penny Lane, all the Beatle places, and our boys said we had cool music when we were teenagers! They ended up confiscating all their Dad’s Beatles records and sharedthe story their travels in England with their friends. So Beatles music is. Cool enough for tjhe next generation!
Afraid I got long winded, my apologies.
Karla Haynes says
Norwegian Wood. My father in law sang it at our wedding.
Kerry Howell says
Here Comes the Sun….my best friend and I played guitars and sang it in the school talent show 1972 .
Julie Huffman says
All you need is LOVE – I love this quilt and would love to make it! Thanks 🙂
Hillary P says
“Yesterday” is beautiful and I also love “Hey Jude”
Tess hest says
I love ‘let it be’. What a beautiful quilt!
Hey Jude! Your quilt looks great.
Let it be.
Love the quilt!!!
Allison Evrard says
My favorite is Let It Be. And now it’s stuck in my head! 🙂
Twist and Shout – Thank you Ferris Bueller!!
Marilyn Keef says
Yesterday–my husband is gone now and I think of him when I hear it.
Dawn H says
My favorite Beatles song is Yellow Submarine. I used to sing it with my children and students.
Laura Ferguson says
“In My Life”
Such a gorgeous quilt!
Sonia Das says
Cind6y Mizer says
Hard Day’s Night, I think.
Mary Jane says
This is very generous of you, thank you.
My favorite has to be ” Hard Day’s Night”
My favorite is It’s been a Hard Days Night. Hard to pick a favorite! I like Here Comes The Sun too. Love the colors and Broken Dishes pattern. I will be making it with the new fabric I just got…Peonies. Thanks for the pattern and tips.
Strawberry Fields-all time favorite for many reasons!
Lucy Tuft says
WOW, Is this give away closed? Love the Beatles!!! Such Great songs- all of them.
I miss their talent.
Favorite Song: A Day in the Life
(Or maybe I should pick, ‘ When I’m 64’ – Oops, TOO late, I ‘m already 65)
Your colorful Broken Dishes Quilt caught my eye right away. I do love the fabric line.
It’s a mood elevator.
Thanks for sharing.
Jimmye Dorman says
I have a family of music lovers and the Beatles’ music has woven its way between us all. I grew up in the late 60s- early 70s, listening to their records that my older sisters played. I shared it with my older daughter, who then shared it with my youngest daughter. They are 27 and 14 now. It is great to share the love of music.
My favorite Beatles song would have to be Yesterday, but there are so many good ones, it really is hard to choose.
Thank you for the opportunity to win such a gorgeous selection of fabrics & thanks for the great tutorial.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”… I’m an odd duck. George was always my favorite Beatle!
Debbie Unelli says
Please please me….we were fortunate to see Sir Paul live last summer, absolutely amazing. I can’t believe he is as old as he is! Proves age is just a number. ❤️ The Beatles!
Janie Gagne says