17 February 2013

How to... make a basic 9 patch quilt block

After making a basic quilt recently I realised how much I have to learn about quilt making. I decided to do a bit of internet research and see where I should start. So armed with my fabric stash I'm going to practice some different quilt blocks before I attempt my next quilt. This week I've made a basic 9 patch quilt block and this is how I did it: 

1. Cut fabric into equal width strips. You will need 3 strips in each colour. (I was aiming for 5 cm squares in my finished block so cut 6 cm width strips to allow for a seam allowance of 1/2 a cm).

2. Rearrange the strips as shown in the photo below.

3. Sew the strips together and press the seams flat. (I need to practise my seam allowances as I've actually ended up with a 4 cm width strip!)

4. Next cut the sewn strips.

5. Rearrange the strips again as shown below and sew together to form the 9 patch quilt block. Easy! 

My plan is to sew two of these blocks together and make a coffee pot warmer so watch this space!


  1. Nice tutorial! I hadn't thought bout doing it this way before. I also enjoyed reading your other posts, and got a bit inspired. I've been doing new things frequently, but not regularly. I think I might do this more often now.
    The font on your site is bothering me a little, though, as it seems to be missing a couple of lines at the time, like the e looks more like a c. Or maybe it's just me?

    1. Glad you like the tutorial! I'll review the font though as I've noticed it changes on some of my posts.