The first image that comes to mind when we hear the term nine patch quilt pattern is often a very simple quilt block made from nine equally sized squares. The first image on this page illustrates how easy it is to make lovely quilts with that simple design.
Do keep in mind that a basic layout is just the starting point for a nine patch quilt because blocks are most often divided in many ways to create intricate layouts.
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Many quilt blocks work nicely when sewn side-by-side, especially if they have the same structure. This lovely example pairs a scrappy assortment of basic nine patch quilt blocks with large squares of fabric cut to the unfinished size of the blocks.
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Early Morning Star might not look like a nine patch quilt block at first glance, but does fall into that category. And the quilt block comes with a perk -- patchwork sashing and cornerstones are built into the design. That means you won't have to fool with sewing a sash between blocks and adding a long strip of sashing between rows. The layout works nicely for horizontal set quilts and quilts that are set on point.
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Make this easy quilt block by sewing corner triangles around each nine patch quilt block to put it automatically on point. It's a simple technique that you can use with any block. The instructions are for a country inspired scrap quilt but you can make a unique project by choosing different quilting fabrics.
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It doesn't take too long to make a bed sized quilt when you work with 15" square quilt blocks and this easy design can be customized in an endless number of ways to suit any decor. Use it as a theme to decorate a room -- the bed, throw pillow covers, a wallhanging.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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You don't have to work with just two colors (plus a white background), but a two-color layout works perfectly for this version of the Buckeye Beauty quilt block. The blocks are sewn in pairs, with colors reversed in each. Four blocks are illustrated but the layout includes other options.
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Choose from two finished sizes of Eccentric Star... a 6" block or a 12" quilt block. Patchwork is quick pieced to make assembly a breeze, and the blocks work nicely in either a controlled or scrappy layout.
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This version of the Double Nine Patch quilt block finishes at 11-1/4" square, not what you might think of as a standard block size. But I've written another Double Nine Patch block pattern that includes size variations, including a large quilt block that's made with jelly roll strips, sometimes called 'noodles.'
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This quilt block is not the same as the patchwork design we know as Sawtooth Star, although you can certainly create a star at its center. The four variations illustrated are the same quilt block and an example of the huge variations that can be created when color and color value (contrast) are altered in any quilt block.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Disappearing Nine Patch quilt blocks are made by assembling the most basic of nine patches -- with nine squares, and then slicing the blocks into four sections to create four smaller blocks that look completely different.
I've included a bit of background about the design, along with cutting instructions for three block sizes (plus the instructions needed to create additional sizes).
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Lucky Clover Quilt Block Pattern
My pattern is actually a variation of the traditional Lucky Clover design. I simplified the layout to make all of its patchwork rotary cuttable and to remove set-in seams. The pattern includes two finished block sizes, 6" square and 12" square. The smaller version of Lucky Clover was used in the Backwards Medallion Sampler Quilt.
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Album Leaf Quilt Block Pattern
Album Leaf is a nine patch quilt block pattern that finishes at 9" square. It's similar to Maple Leaf and Tea Leaves quilt blocks, but with a difference. Album leaf has a light signature panel that was used to make friendship quilts for friends and family -- everyone who made a quilt block signed with a name, message or both. Use the patch for siggies, or simply let it become part of the design.
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This 9" quilt block is one of many patchwork designs that are called the same name. The block's diagonally oriented patchwork makes it a 'linking' block, or somewhat of a 'chain,' terms that describe blocks with similar movements that allow them to link-up in a quilt design. You'll always discover lots of layout options when working with this type of quilt block.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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The Hen and Her Chicks is an easy nine patch quilt blocks made from all straight grain patchwork that's quick pieced for speed and accuracy. The block finishes at 9" square and offers loads of opportunity for color layout.
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I simplified the Dolly Madison Star quilt block a bit, too, to make assembly easier. The 9" finished block is a variation of the popular Ohio Star layout, but with a small nine patch unit at its center.
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I've written patterns for several variations of the popular Friendship Star quilt block. This version has half square triangle units at its corners -- the 'basic' Friendship Star has plain squares in those slots. A few more layouts include:
- Framed Friendship Star
- Aurora Borealis - similar to the block on this page, but with a color arrangement that reminds me of the northern lights
More Nine Patch Quilt Block Patterns
- Double Hourglass Quilt Block Pattern - perfect for scrap quilts.
- Ornate... Star Blocks
- Four Patch Chain Blocks - a 6" nine patch with four patch blocks at its corners
- Roman Stripes - a very scrappy quilt block in two sizes
- Kansas Star - in two sizes
- Broken Wheel - in two sizes
- Reverse Capital T Quilt Blocks
- Scrappy Capital T Quilt Blocks
- Contrary Wife Quilt Block
- Shoo Fly Quilt Block Pattern
- Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern
- Swamp Angel Quilt Blocks - not well known, but a personal favorite
- Album Star Quilt Blocks
- Antique Tile Blocks
- Domino Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern
That's just a small sample of the nine patch quilt block patterns I've written. To find more, browse my Quilt Block Patterns Gallery.
A large number of my quilt block patterns include nine patch quilt blocks -- the nine patch layout is one of the most popular types of patchwork. Follow the link above to find patterns for all sorts of quilts, including nine patch designs.