NINE PATCH QUILT PATTERN


Nine patch quit

Nine patch quilt

When I was making the tutorial for a flying geese quilt border I wanted a really simple quilt so that I could focus on the flying geese border.  A simple nine patch quilt seemed to be the obvious answer.  The most basic nine patch quilt block is literally just three rows of three squares sewed together to make one block.  When this nine patch block is alternated with a plain block you end up with a quilt that goes together really quickly and can be really eyecatching depending on how you place the colours.

I used three colours for my nine patch quilt blocks:  peach, grey and a grey/black  diamond fabric.  Not my usual choice of colours but I was pleased with how they looked together.

Cutting requirements

grey fabric:  eleven 2.1/2″ strips across width of fabric, twelve 6.1/2″ squares

diamond fabric:  ten 2.1/2″ strips, thirteen 6.1/2″ squares

peach fabric:  three 2.1/2″ strips, sixteen 6.1/22 squares

for the inner border:  six 3.1/2″ strips of peach fabric

for the flying geese:  twenty two 6.1/2″ squares in diamond fabric, eighty eight 3.1/22 squares in grey

quilt binding:  seven 2.1/2″ strips of diamond fabric

quilt backing and wadding for a 71″ square quilt

Making the nine patch quilt blocks

Sew together three strips of fabric

Sew together three strips of fabric

Cut the panels at 2.1/2" intervals

Cut the panels at 2.1/2″ intervals

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of fabric to make these strips:  one strip of grey, peach, grey and one strip of diamond, grey, diamond.  I find it easiest to press the seam allowances all in the same direction rather than pressing them towards the dark fabric which is what I would normally do.

Cut these panels at 2.1/2″ intervals.

Nine patch quilt block layout

Nine patch quilt block layout

Completed nine patch quilt block

Completed nine patch quilt block

 

Place them together in three rows as shown.  With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam sew the three rows together to make the nine patch quilt blocks.  You will need forty of these blocks.

 

Alternate nine patch blocks with plain squares

Alternate nine patch blocks with plain squares

The nine patch quilt blocks are alternated with plain 6.1/2″ squares to make the quilt.  I have placed a diamond fabric square in the middle of the quilt and then surrounded it with a diamond pattern of grey then peach then diamond squares, each square being alternated with a nine patch block.  The quilt is symmetrical so the top row is the same as the bottom row and so on.

The first and ninth rows:  grey, 9 patch, diamond, 9 patch, diamond, 9 patch, grey

The second and eighth rows:  9 patch, diamond, 9 patch, peach, 9 patch, peach, 9 patch, diamond, 9 patch

The third and seventh rows:  diamond, 9 patch, peach, 9 patch, grey, 9 patch, peach, 9 patch, diamond

The fourth and sixth rows:  9 patch, peach, 9 patch, grey, 9 patch, grey, 9 patch, peach, 9 patch

The fifth (middle) row:  peach, 9 patch, grey, 9 patch, diamond, 9 patch, grey, 9 patch, peach.

Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

 

Sew the squares together across each row as listed above and then sew the rows together.  The quilt top now measures 54.1/2″ square.

 

 

Nine patch quilt border

Sew the first border to the quilt edges

Sew the first border to the quilt edges

 

For the first section of the quilt border I put a strip of peach fabric all the way round to separate the nine patch part of the quilt top from the flying geese border.  Using the five 3.1/2″ strips of peach fabric, make up two lengths of 54.1/2″ and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt top.  Make up two lengths of 60.1/2″ and sew these to the sides.

 

Flying geese quilt border

Four flying geese quilt blocks

Four flying geese quilt blocks

Make up four strips of twenty two flying geese quilt blocks.  Sew two of them across the top and bottom of the quilt.  Sew a 5.3/4″ peach square to each end of the other two flying geese strips and sew these down each side of the quilt top.

I have written a separate article on speed piecing flying geese quilt blocks.

The quilt top now measures approximately 71″ square and is ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details in the beginner quilting section.

 

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