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How to Make a Nine Patch Quilt Block

If you’re new to quilting and want to make a quilt block without using a pattern, a good one to start with is a nine patch. They’re very simple to make.

Here are some 9 patch quilt block instructions using just 2 fabrics. I chose 2 coordinating fabrics, one light and one darker.

Cut 5 squares of your lighter fabric andΒ 4 squares of your darker fabric. (You can reverse this and cut 4 lighter squares and 5 dark ones, I just used more of my lighter fabric because I have more of it.)

I made mine 5 inches, but you can use any measurement you like.

Now arrange them.

Work in rows to sew them. I sewed from top to bottom. So, using the picture below, I sewed Square 1 to Square 2, then Square 2 to Square 3. I did the same thing for squares 4,5,6 and 7,8,9.

You’ll end up with 3 strips.

Press your seams. I pressed mine to towards the darker fabric.

Now pin your strips together. Using the photo below, pin Strip 1 to Strip 2 and sew. Then pin Strip 2 to Strip 3 and sew.

After sewing and ironing your seams, you should end up with something like this!

Nine patch quilt block using two fabrics.

Try any fabric combination you want. Here’s another example, this time I used all different fabrics and 3 inch blocks.

9 patch quilt block example

You could make these just to practice or you could make a bunch of them, sew them together and make an entire 9 patch quilt!

And if you want to get really fancy, you could try a disappearing nine patch next!


  1. hi!
    I am new to sewing and quilting ,stumbling across his website is a godsend and i am very pleased with all the info and simplicity of your instructions . I will be here quite often >>>THANKS!

  2. Margaret Mehmken says:

    Thank you so much for your help,your step by step made it very easy for me.I make (100) 45×60 size quilts for our Hospice cancer center and have been doing this for 4 years and I enjoy everyone I make.It is Joy to make someone HAPPY in there final days.I want to thank you again.Have a BLESSED DAY. Margaret

    • Thank you for your comment. And thank you for doing such a kind thing for people going through such a hard time. I know your quilts do provide happiness at a very sad time. ~Mary

  3. I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I’ve been wanting to make my first quilt but have been intimidated by the process. Your tutorials are sooooooooo easy to understand! I may actually try making this 9 block quilt as my first foray into the quilting world.

    • Oh, good! Thank you for letting me know that! A 9 patch is a very good place to start. They’re very simple blocks, easy to make. Let me know how you do!

  4. I don’t have a website, but the one I was on is how to make a nine patch quilt block. I want to start sewing, but don’t have any ideal where to start. But when I read this site it gave me the motivation to go on and try it. Well! I did and its is very simple. I couldn’t believe I did it. Again thanks for everything.

    • yay! Good for you. I”m glad you liked the tutorial. I must warn you, though. Sewing, fabric, quilts…. they’re addictive. Have fun!

  5. Loved the info ~ I have 4 different fabrics that I would love to put together ~ do you have any suggestions as to how to do the squares and what size would look best?
    This tutorial was the best ever ~ thank you for making it look so easy!

  6. I’m brand new at quilting, you make it look so easy ! After looking at your website I am ready to start a 9 patch!
    Thank you!

  7. Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I
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    Outstanding blog and superb design.

  8. Elaine mcbane says:

    I have a lot of batik material. I want to do a quilt one plain block 9by 9 and then the other ones a 9 inch block…using two colors and cutting strips 3/1/2 and end up with a none inch block…problems ,,,I want the quilt to the floor so would need 108 across and maybe 108 (square)how many blocks would I need..any advice is welcome.


  9. How do you tell the right side of batik..does it need to be washed first?

    • Hi Elaine! I rarely use batik, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. But, from what I have used in the past, if it’s a deep color, I do think I would wash it first. That’s just me, I could be wrong. I Googled and found this article about batiks. It looks like true batik fabric doesn’t really have a right or wrong side, you just choose the side that best suits your project. It’s a good article, worth your time reading it, I think.

  10. Can you use a jelly rolls?


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