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Make a Scrappy Country Nine Patch Quilt
This scrappy Country Nine-Patch quilt block pattern is an easy project that's perfect for all quilters, from beginning to experienced.
The nine-patch center is placed on point by surrounding it with corner triangles. When the block was used in a forum quilting exchange our hostess envisioned a controlled scrappy look that brought in country fabrics in muted colors against muslin or cream solid backgrounds. Alter the theme in any way to create your own quilt blocks.
Sew Quilt Blocks in Pairs
You'll make pairs of nine-patch blocks, and each block in a pair will contain the same fabrics, but their nine-patch centers will be configured differently.
Finished Block Size: 8-1/2" square
Tips for Choosing Country Fabrics
- For green, try Hunter green instead of spring green.
- For red, try barn red instead of tomato red.
- Use gold instead of yellow.
- Try Wedgwood blue instead of bright blue.
Fabric Requirements for Each Pair of Quilt Blocks
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- Dark fabric: (3) 2-1/2" x 7-3/4" strips
- Muslin or Cream: (3) 2-1/2" x 7-3/4" strips
- Medium fabric: (4) 5-1/8" squares
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Sew the Country Nine Patch Quilt Blocks
Assemble Strip Sets for Nine-Patch Centers
Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout. Follow the illustrations.
- Sew a 2-1/2" x 7-3/4" long dark strip lengthwise to each side of a muslin strip of the same size. Press to set the seams.
- Press seam allowances towards the dark strips.
- Square up one end of the strip set. Cut three 2-1/2" segments, beginning with the squared end. Set aside.
- Sew a 2-1/2" x 7-3/4" long muslin strip lengthwise to each side of a dark strip of the same size. Set the seams and press the seam allowances towards the dark strip.
- Square up one end of the new strip set. Cut three 2-1/2" segments.
Assemble the Nine-Patch Centers
- Gather two segments with muslin on their outer edges and one with a muslin square at the center. Sew the segments together into three rows, using the segment with a muslin center in row 2, at the block's midpoint. Press seam allowances either direction.
- Gather the remaining segments and sew them together in three rows, placing the segment with a dark center square in row 2, at the block's midpoint. Press seam allowances either direction.
- Each nine-patch block should measure 6-1/2" square. If they do not, use one of my easy techniques to square up the quilt block.
Add the Corner Triangles
- Cut each 5-1/8" square in half once diagonally.
- Fold each triangle in half along its longest edge to find its midpoint. Finger press.
- Fold each nine-patch quilt block in half horizontally, then vertically, to find midpoints of each side. Finger press.
- Place a corner triangle along one side of a block, matching midpoints. Sew to block. Repeat on all remaining block edges.
- Repeat again to sew the remaining quilt block. Press seam allowances towards the corner triangles.
There's another option to help you center the long edge of a triangle along the edge of a square without finger pressing -- trim the triangle's tips. You might try it with a piece of scrap fabric first, before cutting fabric reserved for the quilt block.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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A Pair of Country Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks
Colene made these Country Nine-Patch quilt blocks to illustrate colors and how each block in a pair differs.