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Basic 9 Patch Quilt Block {Quick Easy Method}

Basic 9 Patch Quilt Block {Quick Easy Method}

November 29, 2012 /
basic 9 patch quilt block

If you are a beginner in piecing, you might be thinking of cutting many small squares then stitch up one by one to make this 9-patch quilt block. You could do it this way but it is slow. Now, I am going to show you a method that can help in expediting the process of piecing the Basic 9-Patch Quilt Block.


Piecing up a quilt can be fun, but…. it can be frustrating too. Patchwork1 quilting is a craft that requires patient and time to create, once you master it, you are going to be very proud of yourself for the beautiful projects you have made. There are a few ways to piece a quilt, be it the traditional way or modern way of doing it, no absolutely right or wrong way as long as it looks good and you feel good.

Ever since I bought my quilting version Bernina sewing machine, it makes my sewing so much fun and easy. Using the right presser foot for the right job really helps a lot. For quilt piecing, I like to use the quarter inch foot (1/4″ foot) or patchwork foot. With the foot sit alongside the raw edge of the fabric and needle at the center, you will get an exact 1/4″ seam allowance. If you keep the fabric size and seam allowance correct, you won’t go wrong with sewing a quilt block.

The following picture shows the latest project I sewed with this 9-patch quilt block as an example. Since I mixed the 9-patch quilt block with a square fabric, this patchwork is called Double 9-Patch Quilt. Pattern and tutorial to sew an oven mitt with this quilt block coming up soon.

double 9-patch quilted oven mitts
Basic 9-Patch Quilt Block Sewing Pattern {Quick Easy Method}

Basic 9-Patch Quilt Block Sewing Pattern {Quick Easy Method}

Yield: Basic 9-Patch Quilt Block
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Avid Beginner
Estimated Cost: N/A

If you are a beginner in piecing, you might be thinking of cutting many small squares then stitch up one by one to make this 9-patch quilt block. You could do it this way but it is slow. Now, I am going to show you a method that can help in expediting the process of piecing the Basic 9-Patch Quilt Block.

Enjoy sewing them!

Materials

  • Fabric strip A & B, in contrasting color. 4 strips for Fabric A and 5 strips of fabric B. Width= finished small square dimension (a) + 1/2″, or, Width= (finished block/3) + 1/2″

Tools

  • Sewing machine with 1/4″ foot
  • Ruler & Roller Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron

Instructions

MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO SEW
BASIC 9 PATCH QUILT BLOCK

  1. Cut equal length and width of fabric strips, 4 strips from fabric A & 5 strips from fabric B in contrasting color respectively.
    Width= finished small square dimension (a) + 1/2″,
    or,
    Width= finished block/3 + 1/2″.
    Arrange the strips in 3 groups, ABA, BAB, and ABA.quilt 9 patch block 1
  2. Piece 2 contrasting strip together with right side facing each other and aligned edge, sew them together on the long edge with 1/4″ foot.
    Repeat until you get all the 3 strips of 3 groups sewn together.sew 1/4" seam allowance
  3. Press the seam allowance toward the darker color with a warm iron.quilt 9 patch block 3
  4. Cut the combo strip into smaller pieces with the same width as the initial strip, ie, a + 1/2″.
    This is the 3-patch piece.quilt block
  5. Arrange the 3-patch pieces as shown in the picture, ie, first row ABA, second-row BAB, and third-row ABA.9-patch quilt block
  6. Take the top and centerpieces, place them together with the right side facing each other, align the seam lines and edges.
    Look at the top and bottom edges, they should match perfectly as shown in the picture.
    Remark: If they can’t match then it is due to inaccuracy during cutting and/or sewing of the previous process.quilt 9 patch block 7
  7. You may pin them up before sewing, or you may do without the pin if you are comfortable with the alignment.quilt 9 patch block 8
  8. Stitch them up.
    I like to sew them one after another then later cut the thread to separate them, it works faster this way.quilt 9 patch block 6
  9. Lined up and matched corners. If they are not aligned, unpick the stitch, re-align and sew again.
    Press seam with a warm iron.9-patch quilt block
  10. Repeat the sewing with the bottom piece of a 3-piece patch to complete a 9-patch block.
    Press with a warm iron.
    Repeat the sewing to make the total blocks you need to piece a quilt.9-patch quilt block

I used this 9-patch quilt block to sew up a His & Hers Christmas Oven Mitts, pattern and tutorial here.

double 9 patch quilted mitts

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