Nine Patch Quilting Block – Beginner Block Quilting Series


Welcome to Missouri Star Quilt Companies beginning block series, today we’re going to learn how to make a nine patch. 

Let me show you one right here, this square on the quilt is, each one is a different square of fabric, but they’re all the same size and then you sew them together.  It’s nine little blocks, hence the nine patch.  

I’m going to show you how to make an easy one with two strips of fabric, with two color ways of fabric, and a fast strip piecing method so you’ll be able to make a nine patch really quickly.  It’s a very versatile block, one of the good old standards, so why don’t you zoom up here close and we’ll get these sewn together.

Now when you buy a pattern allot of the terms might be different for some of these things.   This is called a strip set, so this is one strip set and we are going to sew these two reds on the outside of the black and this is the second strip set and we are going to sew two blacks on the outside of the red.  So if you go over to the sewing machine, then we’ll be able to begin.

Okay so here we are at the sewing machine and were going to sew a quarter of an inch along the edge of the red and black fabric.  

Now this is another one of those squares where you want to always remember to press toward the dark, so know if you join me at the ironing board I’ll show you how to do that.

Here we are at the ironing board, and we’ve laid our fabric down on the iron and we’re going to set this seam which is done by simply pressing your iron on the seam on top, we just pull that back and that seam just lays over and you get a nice seam. 

For this strip set, we need to attach this black to the other side, so we’ll go back to the sewing machine. 

Alright, here we are sewing a quarter of an inch, right down the edge.  Make sure you’re lined up, and there you go. Alright now it’s back to the ironing board.

Now you can see we have the two strip sets ironed.  The two black on the outside of the red and the two red on the outside of the black.  Now what we need to do is cut these apart.  We’re going to cut them in two and a half inch segments and pretty soon you’re going to see this block come to life.

Okay, so now we’re going to sub-cut our strip sections in two and a half inch strips and we’ll cut two of these.  See where it shows the two and half inch mark, that’s were we go. 

You can measure with your mat or ruler, the ruler is a little more accurate.  I was taught using a mat and apparently according to some deer quilting friends of mine, that is not the best way to cut. 

Alright so here we are.  Now because you have ironed these to the dark when you put them together as you see right there, they will lay together so nice because they’re all ironed to the dark and you’ll have your nine patch.  So let’s go to the sewing machine.

We’re going to line these up and you’ll feel them nest right together there, they just nest right together there.  Put your quarter of an inch on.  Make sure that lines up again, and then we’ll put the other one on.  

This is just a fun little block, and because you can strip piece it you can make a lot of them at once, if you cut a strip width of fabric you’ll be able to make a ton of them and pretty soon you’ll be done with your whole top

Now we’ve sewn this together and we’re ready to open it up, and again we’ll set our seams and then we’ll just lay that over and we’ll flip this side around, and lay that over and you have a nice little nine patch.

Isn’t that just adorable, you can use it in so many ways.  This is just another block on the beginning block series from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Thank you for being here with me today, happy quilting.

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  • Jknottek

    Thank You for sending the message again on the Paster Story.My son loves it. Thank You again.I Love your site it is very helpful. Ihave learned a lot from your tutorial.

  • Joyboyle

    I love this pattern with the hour glass. can you give me an idea of how much material is needed for the 2 colors for a queen size quilt?  thanks Joy Boyle

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Apr 24 @ 2:46am (UTC):

      Hi Joy,If you were to make this quilt in 2 colors, you would need about 5 1/2 yards.  There is 2 3/4 yards in both a jelly roll and a layer cake.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

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    • Natalie

      Hi, It really depends on how big your nine patch blocks are..But, if your nine patches are made from charm squares. I would make at least 42 and as many as 63 blocks. That way you could lay the quilt out in either a 6 X 7 pattern, or a 7 X 9 pattern. (If you start with fabric smaller than charm squares then you will need more blocks.) Then make your borders whatever size you need to make your quilt as big as you want it to be…I hope this helps! 

  • Nelly

    Can you tell me what the name of the material is for the quilt in the background? I love those greens, blues and browns.

    • JenM

      Hi Nelly, green and blue makes such a great combination. The greens and blues in that quilt are from several different lines that are now out of stock and not re-orderable. Sorry about that. But, you could have fun putting other blues and greens together.

  • Lynn

    I love the quilt in the background. You showed us the nine patch, but the other block looks like the hour glass with 4 different fabrics. I’m sure there is a simple way to do this, but my simple mind can’t figure it out. Can you help?

  • Dominika

    I know that this tutorial is really old but is there any chance that you could make a tutorial on the quilt that hangs in the background? Pretty please!!!! (I figuered so much that you used a jelly roll but then I got confused as to if you used a layer cake or a charmpack for the Hourglas Block). And the borders, are they 5 inches wide?