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Make a Nine Patch Quilt Block Using Four Fabrics

In response to my tutorial about how to make a nine patch quilt block, someone asked if I had any suggestions about how to make a 9 patch quilt using 4 fabrics. So I decided to play around with 4 fabrics and see what all I could come up with.

(But really, what do I know? :) I just love to buy fabric and try to actually finish make quilts. So, what I would suggest is just to play with your fabric and see what looks good to you. Although, one thing I have learned is that contrast is almost always good. So what I did was use 2 dark and 2 light fabrics, which provided contrast.)

My first thought was to use 2 fabrics in each square. Then separate them with sashing. (Sashing is just a piece of fabric that separates all your quilt squares. I love sashing. I need to do a post on sashing……)

Anyway, here’s an example of that.

two nine patch quilt squares with sashing

Then I played with the squares.

Here’s a block using 3 fabrics.

nine patch quilt square using 3 fabrics

Here’s one using 4 fabrics.

nine patch quilt square using four fabrics

In the previous 2 pictures, I had my darker fabrics at the corners and in the middle. In the next 2 I have the lighter fabrics at the corners and in the middle.

This one is using 3 fabrics.

nine patch square that has 3 fabrics

This one has all 4 fabrics.

nine patch quilt square that has 4 different fabrics

Like I said before, I think the best thing to do is just play around and see what you can come up with.

Just my personal preference… after playing with the fabrics, if I was going to make a 9 patch quilt using 4 fabrics, I think I would go with my first instinct and use 2 fabrics in each block and use sashing. But that’s just me. You might think differently!)

I do think I would definitely use sashing and I also think I would make sure I had a 2 darks and 2 lights to provide contrast.

Have fun!

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