Nine Patch Quilt Block
Pattern Tutorial

The simple nine patch quilt block pattern and a variation - the disappearing 9 patch – are easy to make. Beginners, see how step by step in pictures!

Nine Patch Quilt Block PatternNine Patch Quilt Block Pattern

This 9 patch quilt block tutorial is written for the absolute beginner.

The nine patch quilt block has many different variations - split nine patch, double nine patch, blooming nine patch. There are almost too many to count. :-)

Here, we cover the simple nine patch - it's a great beginner quilt block.

Because it is very simplistic it's is a great block to use improv quilting techniques. Let your creativity soar!

Below, you will find a link to the disappearing nine patch quilt block.

This block is simply made up of nine squares, which can be any size. So, you can make a block in the size you want.

Okay, let's see how to make it.

Block Fabric Requirements

Any fabric will do, but done in contrasting fabrics the nine patch really shows up.

You can cut the squares from strips that have been cut from yardage or scraps.

Precuts - 5 inch charm packs, 2 1/2 inch strips, 10 inch layer cakes or fat quarters
- will do nicely.

In this tutorial I have designated the fabrics as follows

Fabric A = tone on tone solid (purple)

Fabric B = print (purple paisley)

Block Measurements

Here are the cutting measurements for the nine patch quilt block in five sizes: 6 inch, 9 inch, 12 inch, 15 inch and 18 inch.

(Note: To increase photo size, on your keyboard hold 'Ctrl' and hit the + key.)

Choose your block size, cut your fabric accordingly and follow the instructions below to make the block.

Block Layout

The 9 patch block is laid out on a 3 x 3 grid - 3 rows and 3 columns.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern layout

The nine units that make up the block are

  • 9 squares

Beginners rejoice!!! This 9 patch tutorial is long because it shows each step of sewing the block together. Refer to it for stitching together most any traditional 9 or 4 patch block.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Instructions

To show the sewing lines I have used a contrasting red thread. You would use thread that matches your fabric color.

Step 1 Choose Block Size and Cut Fabric

According to the measurements in the chart above...

Cut 5 squares from fabric A and 4 squares from fabric B.

How to Put a Block Together Step by Step

Step 2a Stitch Row 1 Together

Near your sewing machine layout the block in the grid format as pictured above in the block layout.

Taking each row in turn and without changing the orientation of the patches (squares), sew the block together.

First, stitch the patches in each row together. Then, stitch the rows to each other.

Row 1: With right sides together, place the square from column 2 face down on top of the square from column 1.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2a

Step 2b Stitch Patch 2 to Patch 1

Sew the two squares together using a 1/4 inch seam along the right side (shown in red thread).

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2b
Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2bPatch 2 stitched to Patch 1

Step 2c Flip Patch 2 Face Up

Flip the square in column 2 face up. Finger press the seam towards the darker fabric (fabric A).

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2c

Step 2d Place Patch 3 Face Down on Patch 2

With right sides together, place the square from column 3 face down on top of the square from column 2.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2d

Step 2e Stitch Patch 3 to Patch 2

Sew the two squares together using a 1/4 inch seam along the right side (shown in red thread).

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2e

Step 2f Flip Patch 3 Face Up

Flip the square in column 3 face up. Finger press the seam towards the darker fabric (fabric A).

Row 1 is now complete - the square patches are sewn together.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 2f

Step 3 Stitch Row 2 Together

Row 2: Repeat Steps 2a - 2f to sew the squares of row 2 together. Finger press the seams in the opposite (darker fabric A) direction of those from row 1.

Step 4 Stitch Row 3 Together

Row 3: Repeat Steps 2a - 2f to sew the squares of row 3 together. Finger press the seams in the opposite (darker fabric A) direction of those from row 2.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 3 and 4patches of all 3 rows sewn together

Step 5 Press Seams of Each Row with Iron

Take the sewn rows to the ironing board and press this seams with an iron in the same direction that they were finger pressed. For flatter seams, use a starch alternative pressing solution if desired.

See below how the seams of each row is pressed in opposite directions. This is so that you can nest the seams when you sew the rows together (next step).

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 5

Step 6a Sew Rows Together

Now, sew the rows of the nine patch quilt block pattern together.

Place row 1 face down over row 2 with right sides together. (The bottom of row 1 should be aligned with the top of row 2.)

Nest the seams. Pin on both sides of the seam and at each end of the row.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6a
Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6a close upclose up of nested seams

Step 6b Stitch Row 1 to Row 2

Sew rows 1 and 2 together using a 1/4 inch seam.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6b

Step 6c Flip Row 1 Face Up

Flip row 1 face up. Finger press the seam upward, toward row 1.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6c

Step 6d Stitch Row 3 to Row 2

Place row 3 face down over row 2 with right sides together. (The top of row 3 should be aligned with the bottom of row 2.)

Nest the seams. Pin on both sides of the seam and at each end of the row.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6d

Step 6e Stitch Row 3 to Row 2

Sew rows 3 and 2 together using a 1/4 inch seam.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6e

Step 6f Flip Row 3 Face Up

Flip row 3 face up. Finger press the seam downward, toward row 3.

Your nine patch quilt block pattern is complete!

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 6fnine patch quilt block pattern

Step 7 Give Block a Final Press with Iron

Take it to the ironing board and give the block a final press.

Here's the backside of the nine patch quilt block pattern. You can see how the seams are pressed.

Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern Step 7

Step 8 Square Up Quilt Block

Trim the blocks to size. If your blocks are short of being the size you were aiming for simply trim them all to the same size, but a little smaller or larger as the case may be.

Now your nine patch quilt block is ready to be used in a quilt. Enjoy making the nine patch quilt block. It's easy and versatile!

Also, check out this cool variation - the disappearing nine patch quilt block pattern.


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