Monday, February 25, 2013

The Rancher's Daughter Quilt Along's Broken Dishes Block Tutorial....Whoops I mean Break-a-Leg Block...

 Happy Monday Guys and Gals!

It's that time again:
 So this is my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Have any of you ever broken your sister's leg before?
I have!
 And the amazing thing, I didn't even feel bad! all think I'm this sweet lil gal....

Time for confession...

Last week I told you about laying irrigation pipe out in the fields with the cowboys.

This week I'm going to tell you why those hunk'a'boys  always wanted me 
driving the tractor....
not my sister Janet.

I'd like to say it was because they just thought I was this raving beauty. But again...I promised to tell the truth.

Picture this:
Pillows on the tractor seat.
An unbrella.
Nancy Drew books...
 gallon of iced tea.

That's how she drove the tractor.
And did she go in a straight line for the boys....
heck no. We would watch her from up on the hill out the kitchen window.
Swervin' way out not having a care in the world,
her eyes only glued to the latest mystery Nancy Drew had concocted up.

So on this certain day it was her turn to drive in the fields.
But she was nowhere to be found. So yep. Yer right!

Well hours later, we are on the second to the the last row of pipe,
and here she comes dancing out all full of glee.

I was driving an old side step pick-up this day,
the tractor was in use elsewhere, and she says to me, "John'aLee get out. I'm driving!"

"No way sista! You're dreamin'! You have to take my day tomorrow! We're almost finished here."

More sassiness....

And then she sits down on the side step over the truck wheel,
in her cowboy boots pouting while I continued to drive.
That is until a crabgrass hooked her cowboy boot and down she went.


Hmmm...that's weird....


You know what I said to her?

"Serves you right!!"

But the joke was on me gals.
Her leg was broken, she was put in a cast....
and guess who had to drive tractor the rest of the summer!!!

Funny thing...
I never felt repentful! So sorry to burst your bubble.

Okay I know....that sweet lil John'aLee
so quiet and reserved....

Okay enough you know what!

On to the block!

It's an easy one!!!!!!
 Half Square Triangles
A Cut (16) 1 1/2" (Squares) Reds
B Cut (16) 1 1/2"(Squares) Whites

For Outlining of Broken Dishes Block
C Cut (2) 1 1/2" X 4 1/2" White
D Cut (2) 1 1/2" X 6 1/2" White 

Make your half square triangles:

 Now make sure to watch how those triangles are postitioned
when you are putting them together.
Yep...I had to use the seam ripper on this one.
Note:This drawing was before the outside borders were added.
 Sew Rows 1 and 2 together:
Sew Row 3 and Row 4 together:
 Stitch above rows together:

                   Now sew on two white side borders (1 1/2" X 4 1/2")
                   And  the other two side borders (1 1/2" X 6 1/2")   

Don't forget about the Flickr account we've set up for everyone to upload and share their blocks:

Also on Wednesday I'm going to have a Linky Party
for everyone to join up to!

Don't forget to come and link up or at least comment on Wednesday because I'm doing a Give Away of my 
Buttercream Summer Pattern!
A $99.00 Value
It will go to someone!

It's to celebrate it's first coming out in a National Magazine.
I will post pics tomorrow for you!!     

Have a wonderful week!



  1. what a fun post! when i dropped the food off at the shelter this morning, i walked into the office and saw a sight i never see. there were 3 very suburban looking ladies about my age. they were laughing and chatting but i entered just as they were leaving. i looked at the counter and saw 6 beautiful quilts! i asked the guy behind the desk if they had made them and he said yes! so, a group of wonderful quilters made 6 handmade quilts that a buyer would have paid hundreds of dollars for each of them. and they gave them to the homeless shelter. unreal! i was so impressed.

  2. Like this one! thank you for the flicker info posted pics now!!

  3. Now that is a funny story! Serves you right - that just makes me laugh - you were just full of sympathy!

  4. I need to get hopping. I'm only doing half of the blocks, yet I am already behind. : )

  5. too funny, does she read your blog. I thought she might leave a comment too.

  6. Are you coming to Quilt Walk this year?

  7. So funny - your story gave me a giggle, and reminded me of my sister & I!
    Happy sewing,

  8. I just received my copy of Machine Quilting magazine today, and I saw a very VERY pretty pattern in an article about Embroidery quilt tops. Woo-hoo!!!

  9. Oh, I missed this one while I was on retreat. So glad I went back to catch up. :D Too stinkin' funny. You know, my best friend's father shot his brother with an arrow. . . (didn't kill him)

  10. Such a funny, naughty post! :) Whenever I try to get the better of my sister I always end up looking bad, no matter who's at fault! I wish I knew how she does it! I love your honesty John'aLee, thanks for sharing your story. :)