This Broken Dishes square is made up of 16 half-square triangles. In the quilting class that I took several years ago, the teacher gave us a paper template for sewing and cutting multiple half square triangles at a time. I messed up my markings the first time, so will save that fabric swatch for something different.
I was able to successfully sew and cut out my 16 half square triangles on the second try. Here are two of them. They aren't perfect, but . . . what can I say. I did square them up a bit, but if I strived for perfection, I'd never finish anything! The next step was to arrange the squares into the broken dishes pattern and sew them into strips:
Did you know that there is also a book with the title of Broken Dishes?
Broken Dishes by Earlene Fowler is book number 11 in her Benni Harper Mystery series. I have loved the Benni Harper mysteries, and think I have read them all. You can read about Broken Dishes at goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/275812.Broken_Dishes.
Fool's Puzzle. I think that there are 15 books in the series, but Earlene Fowler has also written and published several other books that I love, including a book of quilt patterns that includes snippets of back story about Benni Harper that aren't included in the other books.