Sweet and simple, the Nine Patch is one of the oldest and best-loved quilt blocks. In fact, just knowing its name is almost enough to know how to sew it! This simplicity makes the Nine Patch quilt block a chameleon of sorts, allowing for endless creativity and variation. A Nine Patch block might look classic as can be in one quilt and completely modern as part of a different design. Changing just one element, such as the scale or color placement, gives the block a total makeover.
Intrigued yet? Well, there’s no better place to see the versatility of Nine Patch quilt blocks than in the newest addition to our Block-Buster series: I Love Nine Patches. We gathered a dream team of designers to bring you 16 unique takes on this timeless block, and you’re sure to be inspired to start your own Nine Patch adventure!
Let’s start with the kaleidoscopically colorful quilt To The Nines by Audrie Bidwell. The block is a straightforward Nine Patch, but the stupendous scrappiness and clever use of color makes this quilt both easy and fun to piece.
Sherri McConnell recently shared her lovely I Love Nine Patches quilt, Paisley Patch, on her blog A Quilting Life. She combined simple Nine Patch blocks with Snowball blocks in scrappy red, cream, and blue paisley prints, and then set them on point to create this cool composition.
Jackie White’s bold and bright quilt Jewel of the Nine is made from two alternating Nine Patch blocks. Can you spot them? Using half-square triangles for the corners of the alternate blocks creates a faceted jewel-like look.
For a completely different take, Kimberly Jolly played with the scale of her blocks to make her amazing quilt called Gradations. The gradual shift in size among the blocks makes for a truly stunning visual effect.
Corey Yoder tossed half-square triangles and four-patch units in the mix to make the beautiful quilt Bespoke. This combination of two modified Nine Patch blocks makes the design much easier to piece than it looks!
There are many more Nine Patch delights to feast your eyes on in Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches, plus lots of helpful basics and clever tips for speeding up your sewing. Jump on the Nine Patch train today!
Do you prefer the Nine Patch block in its purest form or do you like to change it up?
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