Clear Cut 9 Patch Quilt

Clear cut 9 patch quilt

Clear cut 9 patch quilt

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.

Cutting requirements

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

Cut 3.1/2" strips

Cut 3.1/2″ strips

Sew two strips together

Sew two strips together

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

Cut strips for the nine patch quilt blocks

Cut strips for the nine patch quilt blocks

Layout for nine patch quilt block

Layout for nine patch quilt block

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.



Completed nine patch quilt block

Completed nine patch quilt block

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

Corner triangles

Corner triangles

Alternate corner triangles

Alternate 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

Option one for the side triangles

Option one for the side triangles

Second option for the side triangles

Second option for the side triangles

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

First three rows of the quilt

First three rows of the quilt

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.



Rows four to six of the quilt

Rows four to six of the quilt

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.




Corner triangle at the end of row six

Corner triangle at the end of row six

Rows seven to nine

Rows seven to nine

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.

Final threr rows of the quilt

Final three rows of the quilt

Sew all the rows together

Sew all the rows together

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

Nine patch quilt border

Nine patch quilt 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.


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  1. Hi Rose,
    What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors. You are such a skilled quilter. I watch your every step and love watching you put everything together. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with next week.

  2. Johnnie K. says:

    I like this pattern, have just the material for it, but I would like it big enough for a queen bed, HELP, guess just keep making the rolls then add the corner pieces. Love all your patterns. Thanks, you are so busy, and do so good. P.S. any help on size would be appreciated. JohnnieK

    • Hi Johnnie. Thanks for your comments. My apologies for the delay in replying. Initial thoughts on supersizing the quilt: in row 6 don’t put a corner triangle on the right hand end. Just use a side triangle. In row 7 and 8, put side triangles on each end of the rows. In row 9 put a corner triangle on the left hand end of the row but a side triangle on the right hand end. Row 10: side triangle on each end. Row 11: side triangle on left hand end with corner triangle on the right hand end. After that you start reducing towards the bottom right hand corner. I hope that makes sense – I’m sorry that I haven’t the time to actually work out each row block by block but I think you’ll see whether to use 4 patch or 9 patch blocks as you lay the extra rows out.

  3. Faith Taylor says:

    Wow! Congrats to your dad for making 91! Hope you and the family had a grand time!

    Love, Faith

  4. Firstly thank you Rose for the prompt delivery of my fabric order, next day wow!
    I love this design, your instructions are so clear . Thanks for sharing

  5. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us, and for making it seem so much easier to make than it appears.

  6. Hi Rose,
    As a beginner, I think this quilt would be something I can do. I’ve just finished my memory quilt top of my granddaughter’s baby clothes and have caught the bug! Thank you so much.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Thank you Rose for another great idea. Starting another quilt next week. taking a break for this weekend Son is having a party for his daughter , my granddaughter, having her christening. Been baking cookies and not quilting, all week.
    Hope you can relax now that your Father’s party is over. Hope all had a good time.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Sandra. Have a great time at the Christening. Sounds like you’re going to need a break after all that cooking. I have to admit that I was happy to get back to the relaxation of sewing after my father’s birthday. Thanks for your wishes.

  8. Patricia Shumate says:

    Thanks, karen, I really like this pattern. I plan on making this as soon as possible. I have a quilt started now. As a beginner I think this looks like something I can do.

  9. Beautiful , love the colours . You have been very busy .

    Take a break and have a fun week-end . Yet whats more fun than quilting .

  10. Rose,
    This is a beauty.
    The floral fabric looks like stained glass.
    Enjoy the week-end. Did your dad enjoy his party?

    • Hi Mary. Yes, it’s a beautiful fabric, isn’t it. My father loved being the centre of attention although I think he was quite tired by the end of all the celebrations.

  11. carol craven says:

    I would really love to make this pattern, but lately I cannot save your patterns to my computer to use this when I am able. I dont understand why this has started. But please let me know how I can save a copy?

    • Hi Carol. I don’t understand why you’re having a problem. I haven’t altered the settings at all. If the green ‘print friendly’ box doesn’t work, it may be simplest to highlight the pattern then copy and paste to a word document. Hope that works for you.

  12. Sheila Davis says:

    Thank you, thank you Rose. This is one I think I can do. Your instructions are always precise and easy to follow.

  13. Rose, This is a lovely quilt and the fabric you used compliments the pattern very well as usual. I usually make baby quilts or bed quilts. This will make a great bed quilt. You are so appreciated.

  14. Rose, what a lovely quilt and I love the fabric! I made a bag a few months ago that had a crosswise construction that didn’t look as if it was going right till it was all together then looked great. Thank you again for your lovely patterns.

    • Thanks for your comments, Hilary. I know that feeling so well – you look at an incomplete project and wonder how it can come right and then all of a sudden it all falls into place!

  15. Love the look of this quilt. Think I would have a narrow plain border before adding the pattern one, but love it, the colours and the Fabric Freedom range. Thanks for sharing.

  16. That is a lovely quilt, and your instructions as always so clear to follow. Thank you so much

  17. Hi all i am looking for sqaure paper foundation please let me know kind regards Belinda

  18. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Hello Rose, my how nice this turned out using this patchwork design!!
    I will be very interested to get started on making this soon.
    You keep us in “stitches”.

  19. Love it!!! Really gorgeous. You are amazing! Have a great weekend

  20. Ella Wilson says:

    I will make this quilt Rose it has given me insperation and I hope I can do it as well as you have done,this will make me take my time as the pattern is just up my street,thank you so much Rose untill the next time keep up the good work you do.xc

    • Thanks, Ella. I’ve just posted the fabric to you – thanks for the order. Yes, it’s a nice simple design that you can keep coming back to without forgetting what stage you were at!

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