Double Nine-Patch Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 03

    How to Make Double Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks

    Double Nine Patch Quilt Blocks
    Two Double Nine Patch Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Double Nine Patch quilt block patterns are versatile, and an all-time favorite design that's perfect for beginning to advanced quilters. 

    Each Double Nine-Patch quilt block is made from five small nine-patch blocks arranged at the large block's corners and center to form an "X" shape. Plain squares are sewn in the four remaining slots of traditional blocks.

    Both of the quilt blocks illustrated on this page are Double Nine Patches, even though they appear very different. You can configure patchwork in any way you like to create unique looks with nine patch blocks.

    Make Double Nine-Patch quilt blocks as orderly or as scrappy as you like. Alter color value to suit your tastes, reversing the contrast of patches in the block shown on the left or using the same fabrics in multiple slots to create the blend you see in the block on the right.

    Make blocks for a scrap quilt by using fabrics left over from other quilting projects.

    References for Beginning Quilters

    The Double Nine-Patch quilt block finishes at 13-1/2" square.

    Cutting for 2 Double Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks

    We'll strip piece the small nine-patch blocks, but I've included individual patch sizes too, to help you use your scraps.

    For Small Nine-Patch Units Like the Block on the Left


    • (2) 2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
    • (1) 2" x 21" strip

    Medium or Medium Light:

    • (1) 2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
    • (2) 2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage

    Light for Plain Squares

    • (1) 5" wide strip cut from selvage to selvage
    • Square up one end of the strip and then cut eight 5" x 5" squares

    To Make Additional Quilt Blocks

    Repeat to cut strips for additional blocks. Sew more blocks at one time by cutting all strips from selvage to selvage to create longer strip sets.

    Cutting to Sew Two Blocks with Individual Patches

    • (50) dark 2" x 2" squares.
    • (40) medium or medium light 2" x 2" squares.
    • (8) 5" x 5" light squares

    Use Jelly Rolls to Make Larger Quilt Blocks

    See Page 2 for an 18" block made with 2-1/2" wide strips that you cut yourself or buy in Jelly Roll sets.

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  • 02 of 03

    Make the Double Nine-Patch Quilt Block

    double nine patch quilt block pattern
    Make strip sets, cut segments and assemble the Double Nine Patch quilt block. © Janet Wickell

    Use a 1/4" seam allowance to assemble the quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching raw edges carefully. Use straight pins to secure fabrics.

    Make the Strip Sets

    Sew strip sets A and B, above, and then cut segments from the sets to assemble the little nine-patch units.

    1. Make strip set A by sewing a 2" x 42" dark strip lengthwise to each side of a 2" x 42" light strip. Press to set the seams.
    2. Press seam allowances towards the dark strips.
    3. Square up one end of the strip set, and then cut twenty 2" segments from it.
    4. Make strip set B by sewing a 2" x 21" light strip lengthwise to each side of a 2" x 21" dark strip. Press seam allowances towards the dark strip.
    5. Square up one end and cut ten 2" segments.

    Make the Small Nine-Patch Units

    1. Arrange two set A segments with one set B segment into three rows, as shown above, placing the B segment in the middle.
    2. Sew the segments together, matching patches carefully for an exact fit.
    3. Press seam allowances away from the center row.
    4. Repeat to make a total of ten nine-patch units.

    Assemble the Double Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks

    1. Arrange five small nine-patch units and four plain 5" squares into three rows as shown. The small nine-patches should form an "X" as illustrated.
    2. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the plain squares.
    3. Sew the rows together to complete the quilt block. Press the seam allowances either direction.
    4. Repeat to make a second block.

    The completed blocks should measure 14" x 14". If your block is smaller than it should be, or skewed, press again and recheck, if it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.

    Make 18" Blocks with 2-1/2" Wide Strips of Fabric

    Do you like to work with Jelly Rolls or collect 2-1/2" wide fabric noodles? The Double Nine Patch quilt block is a perfect place to use the wider strips.

    Finished Block Size: 18" x 18"

    Cutting Instructions for 3 Quilt Blocks

    For Small Nine-Patch Units


    • four 2-1/2" x 42" strips
    • two 2-1/2" x 21" strips

    Medium or Medium Light:

    • one 2-1/2" x 42" strip
    • two 2-1/2" x 42" strips

    For Large Plain Squares

    • Cut two 6-1/2" x 42" strips of fabric; square up one end of each strip and then cut twelve 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" squares from the strip.

    Use the block assembly instructions at the top of the page, but with a few differences:

    • Strip Set A: Make two strip sets and cut (30) 2-1/2" segments.
    • Strip Set B: Make one strip set and cut (15) 2-1/2" segments.
    • Make three quilt blocks. Each block should measure 18-1/2" x 18-1/2".
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  • 03 of 03

    Double Nine Patch Quilt Block Layouts

    Double Nine Patch Quilt Layouts
    Two Double Nine Patch Quilt Layouts. Janet Wickell

    Two Basic Examples of Double Nine Patch Layouts

    • The quilt on the left is sewn with quilt blocks arranged in a straight setting -- side by side. Plain squares are sewn between the quilt blocks and are cut to match the unfinished size of the blocks.
    • Blocks in the quilt on the right are sewn on point, with plain squares between them. Rows are assembled diagonally, with setting triangles at their ends.


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