Fabric Freedom have just come out with a fabulous new range called Clear Cut. I have simplified their quilt pattern to make a quilt with alternating nine patch and four patch blocks which has lots of lovely secondary designs in it. The quilt is about 48″ by 56″ and I have used 1/2 yard each light blue, dark blue, light pink, dark pink and border fabrics, with 3/4 yard of the plain and patterned fabrics used in the four patch units.
There is a lot of strip piecing in this quilt pattern, so I have given the numbers of strips here rather than individual squares and triangles.
six 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric in dark blue and dark pink for 9 patch units
five 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric in light blue and light pink for 9 patch units
four 3.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric in cream and patterned fabric for 4 patch units
one 3.1/2″ strip and one 3.7/8″ cut across the width of fabric in cream and patterned fabric for corner and side triangles
five 3.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric in the border fabric
You can see the full range of this new fabric here.
How to make the four patch quilt blocks
Sew together a cream 3.1/2″ strip with a patterned 3.1/2″ strip and cut this panel of fabric at 3.1/2″ intervals to make strips made of two squares. Sew these strips together in pairs with the cream squares diagonally opposite each other. These are the four patch quilt blocks and you will need twenty of these for the quilt.
How to make the nine patch quilt blocks
Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of light, dark, light fabric and also of dark, light, dark fabric in both the blue and the pink. Cut these panels at 2.1/2″ intervals to make strips of three squares each.
Each nine patch quilt block is made using two strips of dark, light, dark fabric with one strip of light, dark, light fabric in the middle.
Sew these three strips together to complete the nine patch quilt block. You will need eighteen blue and twelve pink blocks.
How to make the corner triangles
Make the corner triangles by cutting two 3.7/8″ squares of plain and patterned fabric along one diagonal, giving you eight individual triangles altogether. Sew a plain and a patterned triangle together – make two corner triangles as shown on the left and two as shown on the right. This is the same fabric as I used for the four patch quilt blocks.
How to make the side triangles for the quilt
There are also two versions of the side triangles. For each one of these you will need one 3.1/2″ square and two triangles cut from a 3.7/8″ square. Make ten side triangles using a cream square with patterned triangles (as on the left) and eight side triangles using a patterned square with two cream triangles (as on the right).
Make the rows of quilt blocks
The quilt is assembled with lines running across the diagonal, beginning with the top left hand corner of the quilt. The first row a corner triangle with the patterned triangle on the left.
The second row is a side triangle made with a cream square followed by a blue nine patch quilt block and then a side triangle with a patterned square. See how the side triangles are placed so that they form a straight outer edge for the quilt – patterned triangles running down the left hand side and cream triangles running down the right hand side.
The third row is made with a side triangle at each end and three quilt blocks between them – a blue nine patch followed by a four patch block and then a pink nine patch block.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.
The fourth, fifth and sixth rows are shown here beneath the triangle formed by the first three rows of the quilt.
Fow four is made with a side triangle at each end and five blocks between them – blue nine patch, four patch, pink nine patch, four patch and another blue nine patch. You can see that the four patch and nine patch blocks alternate across each row and in addition the blue and pink nine patch blocks alternate with each other.
Row five has seven blocks between the two side triangles, beginning with a blue nine patch and finishing with a pink nine patch before the triangle.
Row six has nine quilt blocks, beginning and ending with a blue nine patch but there is only a side triangle on the left hand side. On the right hand end of the row place a corner triangle – one with the cream to the left. This will form the top right hand corner of the quilt.
The bottom left hand corner of the quilt is formed in row seven – begin the row with a corner triangle, then nine blocks starting and finishing with a blue nine patch, followed by a side triangle. This side triangle is one with a cream square which is different from the side triangles in the rows above it. The rows are also now shaped so that they begin to get smaller towards the bottom. This is achieved by a different placement of the side triangle – check the photo to be sure.
Rows eight and nine both have a side triangle at each end and seven blocks for row eight, five blocks for row nine.
The final corner of the quilt is made using rows ten to twelve. These are similar to the first three rows but in reverse – row ten is made with three blocks and a side triangle at each end. Row eleven is just one block (a blue nine patch) with a side triangle on each side and row twelve is the final corner triangle.
Sew all the rows together – you may have doubted that the quilt top would end up as a rectangle while you were making it, but you can see how it works now!
Nine patch quilt pattern border
I have chosen a brighter fabric from within the same fabric range for the border. It’s a good idea to sew the quilt border on as soon as possible because all those diagonal edges on the triangles can stretch quite easily. I have used strips 3.1/2″ wide: two at 42.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 56″ long for the sides. Do measure the sides of your quilt top, though, as your measurements may vary slightly from mine.
That completes the clear cut nine patch quilt top – I love the way that you can achieve a fairly complex looking quilt while using incredibly simple quilt blocks.
Here’s the video: