Backwards Friday: Broken Sugar Bowl

What does Backwards Friday mean?

It means I am going backwards in time to play with quilt blocks of times gone by.

Each Friday, I will introduce a new block from some of the old magazines that I have laying around. I have a few hundred of them, so it will be fun to find new blocks for each Friday.

I will research the block. I will write it up, the best way I know, using “modern” methods. Then, I will post the block here for y’all to play with. If you make it, please let me know. You can share pictures on my Facebook wall if you are unable to do so here.

      • Block: The Broken Sugar Bowl
      • From: The Quilter’s Newsletter
      • Issue Date: March 1974
      • Description: Reprint from The Kansas City Star, 1932. This pattern may be used for working up scraps of all kinds of cotton prints. Any combination of colors may be used. Add 1/4″ to each piece for seams. Block is 9″.

No other information is really listed for this block. Sometimes, the Quilter’s Newsletter gives background or other details with the blocks they show off. I’m going to rewrite this pattern to not use templates and it will be 12″ (plus seam allowance) when done. The image they have uses three colors. I will do the same.


I started my block by drawing out the original on my graph paper. Once I realized that they were using a 3×3 grid at 3″ per grid block to make the 9″ block, the rest was easy. I just converted the math to a 3×3 grid with 4″ per grid block to make a 12″ block. As always, I draw it without seam allowances and add a half inch to all measurements when completed – except for HSTs – for those, I add 3/4″ to 7/8″.


After drawing it up, I came up with the following fabric needs:

    Color 1: (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ and (2) 4.5″ x 4.5″
    Color 2: (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ and (2) 4.8″ x 4.8″ (for the HSTs)
    Color 3: (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ and (2) 4.8″ x 4.8″ (for the HSTs)

Next, I went to my sewing room and selected 3 fabrics from my pile of 5 1/2″ squares that I’ve been saving up to make a scrap quilt out of. Since the math was all smaller than 5 and 1/2 inches, it was easy to use these scraps and not cut into any yardage. Cutting went swift and easy and I head over to my sewing machine.


The very first thing I did was make my HSTs out of the colors number 2 and 3. HSTs are very simple to make. Place one of each color right sides together. Draw a diagonal line. On your sewing machine, sew a quarter inch on either side of the line you drew. Cut the piece in half on the original line you drew. For ironing, keep everything laid out together when you are sewing and, as you iron, look at it and iron opposite directions for every time you iron. If you pay attention as you are ironing, the piece will slide together quite nicely.


The next thing I did was piece my 4-patches. When done with that, I lay everything out so I could see the entire pattern.


Piecing the rows is quite simple when you’ve already done the HSTs and 4-Patches. Now, join your rows together.


The block is finished. A 12.5″ block created from a 1974 magazine block. If you have any questions, please ask!


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2 thoughts on “Backwards Friday: Broken Sugar Bowl

  1. Laurie

    Thank-you I think I’m going to have fun with your Backwards Fridays!

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