Today let's take a look at this Broken Window quilt block from the Kansas City Star publication. Once again, there are other blocks out there called Broken Window - that's just the way it is. This block isn't very difficult - if you can do Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese, you're good to go! Let's get started.
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Broken Window Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 4 - 3" squares, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 16 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Pink: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 3" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Dark/Dark Blue: 8 - 2.5" squares
The Center unit is a simple Square in a Square block using the Medium/Pink 4.5" square and four Light/White 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below. You can find the Square in a Square tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block
Flying Geese Units:
Using the four Medium/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and eight Light/White 2.5" squares, sew together four Flying Geese patches as shown below. You will find my Flying Geese tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block
Now you can repeat Step 2 only using the Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the Dark/Dark Blue 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.
Match up one Step 2 patch and one Step 3 patch and sew together as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the Step 2 Flying Geese patch. Repeat for a total of four Flying Geese units.
Using the Light/White 3" squares and the Medium/Pink 3" squares sew together eight Half Square Triangles as shown below. You can find the tutorial for making Half Square Triangles (HST) at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block Trim/square up the HSTs to 2.5" square.
Lay out two of the Step 5 HSTs you made, a Light/White 2.5" square, and a Medium/Pink 2.5" square as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the patches just like a basic Four Patch block. Sew the patches into 2 rows and press the seam allowances toward the HST patches. I know this is not the normal direction for pressing but it makes a difference later on when putting the block together.
Sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance toward the Medium/Pink 2.5" square as shown below.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Center unit, the Flying Geese units, and the Corner units as shown in the picture below. From here the Broken Window block goes together just like a Nine Patch block.
Sew the patches into three rows as shown below.
And press the seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units as shown below.
All that's left is to sew the three rows together and...
Press the seam allowances toward the outside of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!
This was a fun block to do. I like the frame effect you get with the light blue/dark blue contrast. In hindsight, a lighter pink center would enhance that contrast too. You'll also get a secondary design when sewing multiple blocks together. I always like when that happens! A simple eight pointed star (Ohio Star) will appear with the Medium/Pink fabric.
I hope you've enjoyed this Broken Window quilt block and decide to give it a try!
P.S. I do have the fabrics used in this block available in the shop. You can see them at https://fabric406.com/collections/all/collection_rejuvenation
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