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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

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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 and 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.)

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