The Broken Dishes Baby Quilt

It was a day like no other. The sky painted a soft hue of pink and orange as the sun began to set, casting a golden glow on everything it touched. I was in the attic, rummaging through old boxes, when I stumbled upon a beautifully crafted quilt.


As I gently unfolded it, memories came flooding back. It was the very quilt my grandmother had made for me when I was born. Each stitch, each pattern, and each color told a story of love, tradition, and craftsmanship.

I remember the countless afternoons I spent with her, listening to tales of her youth as her nimble fingers worked magic with the needle and thread. She would often say, “Julie, quilting is not just about joining pieces of fabric; it’s about weaving together memories, dreams, and a whole lot of love.”

That quilt wasn’t just a piece of fabric; it was a tapestry of memories, a testament to my grandmother’s love and skill.

Years later, as I embarked on my own quilting journey, I was constantly in search of patterns that resonated with my soul, patterns that would allow me to weave my own stories. That’s when I discovered the “Broken Dishes Baby Quilt” pattern. It was as if the universe had conspired to bring it to me, for it echoed the sentiments of the quilt my grandmother had made. Today, I’m thrilled to share this pattern with you, hoping that it will inspire you to create your own tapestry of memories.

Description of the Theme:


The Broken Dishes Baby Quilt is a classic pattern that has been cherished for generations. It’s a beautiful representation of the art of quilting, where traditional patterns meet modern aesthetics. The quilt is inspired by the “broken dishes” pattern, which is approached with a sense of unhurried improvisation. The design allows for a mix and match of colors, giving it a vibrant yet soothing appearance.

Materials Needed:

  • 1/4 yard of nine various dark fabrics (e.g., Brown, Rose, Magenta, Navy, etc.)
  • 1/2 yard of three light fabrics (e.g., Beige, Light Beige, Yellow)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding (e.g., Brown Linen Blend Solid)
  • 1 1/4 yards of fabric for the backing (e.g., Light Beige Linen Blend Solid)
  • Crib sized request weight batting
  • Neutral colored 100% cotton thread
  • Hand Quilting Thread (if hand quilting)

Step-by-Step Guide: Crafting the Broken Dishes Baby Quilt

  1. Preparation:
    • Clear a spacious workspace and gather all your materials.
    • Iron all your fabrics to ensure they’re smooth and free of wrinkles.
    • Organize your fabrics by color and type for easy access.
  2. Cutting the Fabric:
    • Lay out your backing and binding fabrics separately.
    • Organize your light and dark fabrics.
    • Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut fifty 5 1/4-inch squares from both the light and dark fabrics.
    • Mark diagonal lines on the back of each square.
    • Carefully cut each square along the marked lines, resulting in four small right triangles per square.
  3. Piecing the Triangles:
    • Begin by pairing a light triangle with a dark triangle.
    • Align the edges of the triangles, ensuring they’re right sides together.
    • Pin the triangles along one of the shorter sides to keep them in place.
    • Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the triangles together.
    • Press the seam towards the darker fabric to reduce bulk.
  4. Assembling the Blocks:
    • Take two of the pieced triangles and align them to form a square (or block).
    • Ensure the seams nest together by feeling that they lock in place.
    • Pin the triangles and sew them together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
    • Press the block flat, ensuring the seam is evenly spread.
  5. Laying Out the Quilt:
    • On a flat surface or design wall, start laying out your blocks in a pattern that’s visually pleasing.
    • Play with the arrangement until you’re satisfied with the overall look.
  6. Sewing the Blocks Together:
    • Begin by sewing the blocks into rows. Pin the blocks right sides together and sew using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
    • Once all rows are assembled, sew the rows together, ensuring the seams between blocks align perfectly.
    • Press all seams flat.
  7. Quilting:
    • Lay out your backing fabric, wrong side up, on a flat surface.
    • Place your batting on top of the backing.
    • Position your quilt top, right side up, on top of the batting.
    • Pin all three layers together, starting from the center and working your way out.
    • Decide on your quilting pattern. You can either follow the design of the quilt or create a new pattern.
    • Begin quilting, either by hand or using a machine, ensuring all layers are secured together.
  8. Binding:
    • Cut strips of your binding fabric, about 2.5 inches wide.
    • Sew the strips end-to-end to create one long strip.
    • Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
    • Starting from one side of the quilt, align the raw edges of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt.
    • Sew the binding in place using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
    • Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand-stitch in place for a clean finish.
  9. Final Touches:
    • Once the binding is securely in place, give your quilt a final press.
    • Trim any loose threads and inspect the quilt for any missed stitches or imperfections.
    • Wash and dry the quilt to give it a soft, crinkled finish.
  10. Admire Your Work:
  • Lay out your finished quilt and admire the beautiful piece of art you’ve created. Each stitch, each block, and each color choice reflects your unique touch and creativity. Enjoy the warmth and comfort it brings!

Full Pattern: Click Here

As the final stitches are sewn and the quilt comes to life, it’s essential to pause and reflect on the journey. Quilting is not just a craft; it’s a legacy, a tradition passed down through generations, binding families and stories together. The Broken Dishes Baby Quilt, with its intricate patterns and vibrant colors, is a testament to the timeless beauty of this art form.

Every quilt tells a story. It captures moments, emotions, and memories, preserving them in a tangible form. As you wrap yourself or a loved one in this quilt, you’re not just feeling the warmth of the fabric but also the warmth of the memories and love sewn into every inch. It’s a reminder of the past, a comfort in the present, and a promise for the future.

In a world that’s constantly changing and evolving, quilting stands as a beacon of tradition, craftsmanship, and love. Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or just starting out, remember that every quilt you create adds to this rich tapestry of history. So, as you fold away your Broken Dishes Baby Quilt, know that you’ve added another chapter to the beautiful story of quilting, a story that will continue to inspire and comfort generations to come.

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