Today let's piece together the Double Nine Patch quilt block. This is an easy but very versatile block - great for the beginner as well as more advanced quilters. It looks good by itself and as an alternating block. In it's scrappy version, the Double Nine Patch is also a great stash buster. I've included some layout options at the end, so don't forget to check them out. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 13.5" Finished Double Nine Patch Quilt Block:
I have a bunch of 2" squares in my stash so I'm showing a scrappy version of the block.
- Light/Ivory: 4 - 5" squares, and 20 - 2" squares
- Assorted: 25 - 2" squares
Nine Patch Units:
Lay out five of the Assorted 2" squares and four of the Light/Ivory 2" squares as shown in the picture below.
Sew the squares together to make the unit as shown below. Repeat for a total of five Nine Patch units. You can find the tutorial for making a Nine Patch block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-nine-patch-quilt-block. If you are making your Double Nine Patch block from yardage, the tutorial also shows how to use strip piecing to make your blocks.
Putting It All Together:
Now you can lay out the five Nine Patch units and the four Light/Ivory 5" squares as shown below. Again you will sew them together like a typical Nine Patch block.
Sew the units together into three rows.
Press the seam allowances toward the Light/Ivory 5" squares as shown in the picture below.
Sew the rows together, and ...
Press the seam allowances away from the center as shown in the picture below. You're done! Told you it was easy!
The Double Nine Patch quilt block is quick and easy. As a scrap quilt, it uses up lots of small leftovers.
This block would be great as an alternating block with some cute applique blocks like Sunbonnet Sues.
If you wanted to show off your quilting skills, you could alternate 13.5" (finished) Light/Ivory squares with the Double Nine Patch blocks and have a great place to quilt motifs.
Or how about sashing and cornerstones.
Lots of opportunities for creativity!
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