Piecing up a quilt can be fun, but…. it can be frustrating too. Patchwork quilting is a craft that requires patient and time to create, once you master on it, you are going to be very proud of yourself with 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.
If you are the 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. Click page 2 to watch the tutorial on how to piece.
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.
Basic 9 Patch Quilt Block
Tools & Materials:
1. 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″
2. Sewing machine with 1/4″ foot
3. Ruler & Roller Cutter
4. Cutting mat
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″,
Width= finished block/3 + 1/2″.
Arrange the strips in 3 groups, ABA, BAB and ABA.
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.
Press the seam allowance toward the darker color with a warm iron.
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.
Arrange the 3-patch pieces as shown in the picture, ie, first row ABA, second-row BAB and third row ABA.
Take the top and center pieces, place them together with 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.
You may pin them up before sewing, or you may do without the pin if you are comfortable with the alignment.
Stitch them up.
I like to sew them one after another then later cut the thread to separate them, it works faster this way.
Lined up and matched corners. If they are not aligned, unpick the stitch, re-align and sew again.
Press seam with a warm iron.
Repeat the sewing with the bottom piece of 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.
I used this 9-patch quilt block to sew up a His & Hers Christmas Oven Mitts, pattern and tutorial here
to follow soon.