Saturday, April 28, 2012

Broken Sugar Bowls

I was inspired by this post from Susie at Starwood Quilter where she illustrates her version of a Broken Sugar Bowl block and shares an excerpt  from her grandmothers' diary - 1916!

Susie's block sparked my imagination of various settings and visions of possible color options - an affliction often common to quilters. I would like to share some of those visions today, along with an EQ7 file.   If you have EQ7 installed on your computer, you can open this file and continue designing with this block and layouts.

I wondered how Susie's version of the Broken Sugar Bowl block would evolve if I swapped the light and dark colors and incorporated them as alternating blocks. I used these two color combinations for the block.

This is a 16-block layout, alternating  with a specific  block coloring and rotation

This is the same 16-block layout, with  different block rotations. I like the illusion of rounded paths in this version.

What a surprise effect you get when you set this block into an on-pointe layout!  Wow! It makes me think of bamboo.

A final thought ....... I can visualize these designs very scrappy - using light and dark fabrics pulled from the same color family.  Very cool! 

Susie, Thank You for re-igniting  my creativity with this very traditional block.  I had been uninspired lately! 

What is your vision of the Broken Sugar Bowl block?
Here is the EQ7 project file.


  1. Kat's back! I read Susie's stories all the time. Thanks for the file and I love your design!

  2. I like those! Not quite what I was picturing in my head when I saw your explanation on Stashbusters. Now I want to go draw out what I was thinking of. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Because I made this block as part of a sampler quilt, I never imagined what a whole quilt of Broken Sugar Bowl blocks would look like. I love your ideas! When the blocks are together, they make some really beautiful secondary patterns, don't they?

  4. Thanks, Susie. I am addicted to multiplying blocks, changing colors and experimenting with the 'what ifs'; the concept is unrelenting!


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