The wheeling nine patch quilt block is a delightful twist on an old favourite. It also translates into a lovely quilt with lots of secondary patterns forming. It’s classified as a nine patch block (obviously!) and I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the wheeling nine patch quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: four each in pink and white, four each in pink and brown, four each in brown and white
3.1/2″ squares: one pink, three white, eight brown
Making the wheeling nine patch quilt block
Make half square triangles using the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. There’s no point in my describing the layout because it’s which way round the half square triangles are placed that is crucial. The best that I can suggest is that you lay the squares out as shown in the photo and then check for the larger designs: things like the star made with four brown and one pink square and the diamonds formed with two pink or two brown triangles.
When you’re happy with the layout, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the wheeling nine patch quilt block.
For the quilt suggestion, I have placed nine blocks together in three rows of three. It makes a delightfully interesting quilt. I experimented with rotating blocks, but it didn’t enhance the design at all – if anything it made the quilt look a little muddled.
Here’s the video:
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