Simple Instructions For Making A Nine Patch Quilt

A Nine Patch Quilt consists of rows of quilt blocks containing nine patches each. The bigger the blocks used to make the block, the fewer blocks needed. Usually you'll want at least two different patterns of fabric to construct your block. Blocks can be the same or totally different, depending on what you want.

After choosing your fabric, cut nine squares from it for each block you plan to make. A good size is 2 inches for each "patch" plus one-quarter inch on each side for a seam allowance for a total of 2.5 inches square. Cut a template out of cardboard 2.5 inches square and use it as a pattern when cutting your patches. Lay out your patches in the pattern you want and then sew the top three patches together, then the middle three, and finally the bottom three, using your 1/4" seam allowance on each side. Next sew the top strip of three to the next strip (again with the 1/4" seam allowance) and finally sew the third strip to the piece created with the first two strips. Now you have your block.

Construct all your blocks in the same way until you have as many as you need. You may want to put coordinating fabric strips 2" wide (plus 1/4" seam allowances) between the blocks to make the blocks stand out more. Sew your blocks into strips of blocks, adding your 2.5" strips in between until you have the top completed. Put an edging around it, possibly of the same fabric as the separating strips, layer it with your batting and backing (top and bottom facing each other and batting as the third layer) and sew it together leaving an opening large enough to turn the fabric and batting to the right side. Then sew up the opening so it doesn't show any more than is humanly possible.

Finally quilt it by hand or machine. If quilting is not something you want to do, you can also use yarn and take one stitch up through all the layers and tie off on the top in rows all over the top of the quilt. This is a much easier way to do it, but won't create that unique antique-style quilted look.