Backwards Friday: The Broken Path

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 Path
  • From: The Quilter’s Newsletter
  • Issue Date: March, 1971
  • Description: “This is an original design by Mrs.Pearl Bacon, Achilles, Kas. The pattern allows for seams. (Please clip and save.)”
  • Description, cont.: “This is a reprint from the Kansas City Star, October 25, 1939.


This block is still widely used today and I picked it for this Friday because it appears to have originated back in 1939. It is simple and quick to make and, after having this block done, I saw easier ways to create it. I did not do them but that was mostly because I didn’t even make today’s block. My back has been giving me massive fits all week and so I had Jen create this block for me last night.

As you can see above, the original was pieced from templates from the magazine. Jen did it with HSTs. I see a way I could do it by using Flying Geese and eliminate some of the seams it has. Perhaps I will do this one again. When I am feeling better!



  • Print: (6) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (2) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • White: (6) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (1) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″


Two colors. Not a great amount of each. An entire quilt could be made from scraps for this one! These are the colors Jen picked out. Harder to see the separation but I like it. The first thing you will do is use the (6) print and white 3 7/8″ fabrics to create 12 HSTs. Draw a diagonal line, place right sides together, sew on either side of the line, cut, open, iron and then trim them to 3 1/2″. Lay them on your design board and assemble.


Quick. Easy. Fun. With darker fabrics and/or a mix of scraps, it would make a beautiful quilt! As always, you can click the picture to see it larger and press back on your web browser to return here.


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