Our quilt block of the month for March wasn’t really a block….
It was all about using plain, old, square blocks in different patterns to create fun quilt tops. And today I want to show you how to make one of my favorite quilt blocks, the nine patch.
But….I’m going to show you the total cheater way that I make them…
A nine patch quilt block is exactly what they name implies that they are…one block made out of 9 smaller blocks. Simply 3 rows of 3 blocks. But instead of having to cut out 9 blocks for each block there is a faster way to put these together and I call it my cheater way.
There are so many fabric pre-cuts on the market today and for the most part I don’t use them…but then…I was given one of these rolls…that had strips of 2.5 inch wide fabric. At first I was like what am I going to do with this? But then I one afternoon when I was planning out another nine patch quilt I realized this pre-cut would be perfect!!!
So here is what I did I selected 3 strips of the fabric and sewed them right sides together down the entire length of the fabric.
And it’s a long way to sew! Each of the strips are 2.5 inches wide and then are 44 inches long. (So…if you want to make the strips yourself instead of buying a pre-cut roll just cut your strips 2.5 inches wide and then the length will be the width of your fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge.)
One you have three strips sewn together you need to cut the up! So cut up your long strips into 2.5 inch pieces like in the photograph above.
You will then repeat this process as many times as you would like so as to get a great variety of strips to mix and match into your 9 patches! (For the quilt shown in this post I did 10 different strip combinations.)
Once you have your all sewn together and then cut into 2.5 inch strips choose 3 different strips and sew them together!
When I sew mine together I sew them right sides together and pin them before I sew.
I have so much fun mixing and matching these strips and I think you will to.
Once your blocks are made, square them up and either sew them all together, put sashing in between them, or do what I did with this quilt an add solid white blocks in between them.
If you make your blocks the same way with the same measurements I made mine (and you use a quarter inch seam allowance) you will end up with blocks that are 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches…so if you want to add solid colored squares in between your nine patch blocks simply cut those at 6.5 inches as well.
It really is a fast way to make these blocks! And even though they are so simple to make I really do love how they look.