Friday, September 13, 2019

My Favorite Block - 9-Patch

It's my day for sharing my block for the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. And what could it be? The ever-versatile 9-patch, recently featured in my Fall Leaves quilt.


Fall Leaves wall hanging quilt by QuiltFabrication

Not only does Fall Leaves feature the favorite 9-patch maple leaf block in two sizes, but the wall hanging version has a 9-patch setting.


Fall Leaves wall hanging quilt closeup by QuiltFabrication

Now, before we get any further, I have to give a shout out to the other fellow quilters showing off their blocks today. They are:
hope you get inspired!

Now onto my favorite. The 9-patch block can be simple squares, 




or incorporate HST's, like in the leaf block,



the shoo fly block,



a snowball,



and the friendship star.




Of course, HST's aren't the only possible design change. The possibilities are endless when other designs are introduced in the squares - check out these blocks:


this could go on forever!

And how about quilts, especially the disappearing 9-patch? A very popular quilt pattern created by cutting 9-patch blocks both horizontally and vertically, then rotating the results. 



Convinced about how great a 9-patch is?? Want to make some, but not sure what size squares to start with for a given finished block size? No need to do any math - it's all done in this handy chart!



The first column is the size square to cut, the second column is the unfinished block size after nine squares are sewn together, and the last column is the finished block size once it's sewn into a quilt top. Notice the finished block size gets pretty big toward the bottom of the chart, but that number is useful to determine a quilt size with a 9-block setting.

And last but not least, create more time for quilting - check out the tutorial Efficiently Sewing a 9-Patch using the chain stitching technique. Now I'm off to play with more 9-patches!

Happy Quilting!



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27 comments:

  1. Love your Maple leaf quilt using the versatile 9 patch.

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  2. I'm learning so much in this hop, like how versatile the 9 patch is! Your Falling Leaves Quilt is stunning!

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  3. Thanks for expanding on the simple 9-Patch!! It really is a versatile block. PERFECT choice for the Hop!

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  4. Hi Susan! The nine-patch block is definitely the most used block in my arsenal. It's my go-to for baby quilts, and as you mentioned it is almost as versatile as the HST in layout options. Love your Fall-ish quilt. It's a beauty. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. Oh Susan, this post makes me crave cinnamon cookies and pumpkin spice latte. So fall-appropriate and I can feel the warmth of the autumn colors. The table is a handy reference. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. 9-Patch is definitely a favorite block. Thanks for sharing the block size chart.

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  7. Fall is in the air, and your 9-patch wonder is perfect for the season. Loved reading your post, but got a little scared when I read that chart. I can't imagine cutting 1" squares to finish into a 1.5" block! LOL!!! I might just have to play with that for fun! :-)

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  8. Oh my gosh, another amazing quilt by you. Those leaves, the quilting, the color, all of them are just gorgeous! I love seeing all the different ways to make a nine-patch...thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love the maple leaf you did! Thanks for the chart too!

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  10. Great maple leaf. Thanks for sharing the chart.

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  11. Love your leaf quilt. Thanks for sharing the chart!

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  12. Your leaf quilt is so beautiful! You do such stunning work! The 9-patch quilt block is so wonderfully versatile, it is also one of my favorites. Thank you so much for the math sheet. It will definitely come in handy.

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  13. Hi Susan! For some reason, I thought the 9 patch was just a block that alternated colors. It didn't dawn on me that a block using 9 squares no matter what the colors would be considered a 9-patch! So thank you for educating me. And thanks for the great chart!

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  14. The nine patch is such a great block. Your autumn leaves look wonderful with those fabrics.

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  15. Ninepatch was the first block I made years ago. Lots of variations now. Love the leaf and thanks for all the extra info!

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  16. 9P is such a versatile block!!! Love all that you show and thank you for the chart!!

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  17. I love the nine patch as well, it is so versatile and the start of so many other fantastic blocks!

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  18. Nothing beats a great 9 patch and your Fall Leaves quilt is so perfect. You never fail to inspire. Thank you for the chart too. That's great. Thanks for joining the blog hop and for the great post.

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  19. So true, the Nine Patch is a great block. Your Fall Leaves is a gorgeous quilt. Thank you for the handy chart also.

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  20. So many ways to love a 9-patch! Thank you for sharing your math sheet so I don't have to wrack my brain figuring out the measurements!

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  21. Love your quilt. Love those leaves!

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  22. I have fun playing with 9 patches, too.

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  23. that leaf quilt make me want to go pull some fall fabrics! I love the light on it!! And thanks for the 9 patch size chart!! that will come in handy!

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  24. Loving your fall leaves quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Nine patches are great, Susan! You don't realize until you start laying them out, how many blocks we know by other names are actually 9-patch blocks!! The friendship star is another of my favorites! Thanks for sharing. Love your leaf quilt!

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  26. Oh yes, nine-patches are great! I love them in single Irish chain quilts the best, and as much as I love a good star quilt I am also attracted to the more simple and classic designs. And as you pointed out, it's so easy to amp them up with little changes within the block! Thank you for the cutting chart, that will be super useful in the future.

    Brandy

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  27. Gorgeous quilt, love it! Thanks for sharing! xx

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