How to Use Leftover Batik Fabrics to Make Uneven 9-Patch Quilt Blocks

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    How to Make Unequal 9-Patch Quilt Blocks

    Batik Unequal Nine Patch Quilt Block
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    The unequal nine patch quilt block pattern is actually a framed four-patch quilt block in disguise.

    The framed quilt block finishes at 12-inches square and the example is made with batik fabrics in shades of browns and teal. Feel free to alter the fabrics in any way you wish.

    Each quilt block requires minimal fabric, making the pattern a perfect choice when you'd like to make a scrap quilt from your unused stash of fabric.

    To Make Unequal 9-Patch Blocks

    • Choose two teal fabrics, one lighter than the other, for the four patch quilt block that's sewn at the larger block's center.
    • Select a medium to dark brown fabric for corner squares, and a light greenish (or neutral) fabric for the long bars of the frame. 

    Cutting Instructions to Strip Piece 1 Quilt Block

    • Dark teal: One 4 1/2" x 9 1/2" strip
    • Light teal: One 4 1/2" x 9 1/2" strip
    • Lighter frame fabric: One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip and Two 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" bars
    • Darker fabric for frame corners: Two 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips

    Option: Cutting Instructions to Sew 1 Block a Piece at a Time

    • Dark teal: Two 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
    • Light teal: Two 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
    • Lighter frame fabric: Four 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" bars
    • Darker fabric for frame corners: Four 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

    You'll find instructions for a lap quilt on the last step of this pattern.

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    Assemble the Uneequal Nine Patch Quilt Block

    Assemble the Unequal Nine Patch Quilt Block
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    Sew the Quilt Block

    Use a quarter-inch seam allowance throughout.

    1. Sew the two 4 1/2" x 9 1/2" strips together lengthwise as shown to create a strip set.
    2. Press to set the seam.
    3. Press seam allowance towards the darker strip.
    4. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut two 4 1/2" segments from it.

    5. Beginning at the squared up end, cut two 4 1/2" segments.

    6. Flip one unit around (top row, center illustration) so that like colors are aligned diagonally from each other. Sew the two units together, matching edges and the center seam. Press.
    7. Sew a 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" darker frame/corner strip to (shortest) opposite sides of the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" lighter frame fabric. Press seam allowances towards the narrower strips.
    8. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut Two 2 1/2" segments (bottom left illustration, the vertical bar with brown ends).

    9. Sew a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" bar to the top and bottom of your block center as shown, lower left illustration. Press seam allowances towards the block center.

    10. Sew the strip pieced frame units (with brown ends) to the remaining edges of the block center as shown, matching edges and seam intersections.

    11. Press. The quilt block. It should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".

    To Sew the Block 1 Piece at a Time

    Use the patches cut on step one to create units that look like the cut segments, pressing as described. Once patchwork is complete, the block assembly is the same.

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    Sew a Lap Quilt from Unequal Nine Patch Quilt Blocks

    Unequal Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    Wall Hanging or Lap Quilt Pattern

    The wall hanging is made by constructing nine unequal nine-patch quilt blocks and separating them with setting squares and setting triangles. The quilt has a 3" wide border.

    • Finished quilt dimensions: about 57" x 57".


    • Darker teal for four patches and setting squares: 1 yard
    • Lighter teal for four patches and setting triangles: 1 1/4 yard
    • Brown block corners and binding: 5/8 yards
    • Light for block frames and border: 1 yard

    Cutting Instructions

    • Cut four 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" dark teal squares for inner setting squares.
    • Cut two 18 1/4" x 18 1/4" squares of light teal and then cut each square in half twice diagonally to produce setting triangles.
    • Cut two 9 3/8" x 9 3/8" squares of light teal and then cut each square in half once diagonally to produce corner triangles.
    • Cut (18) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" frame bars from your light fabric.

    Assemble the Quilt

    Beginning quilters should learn how to cut long strips of fabric before you begin.

    1. To strip piece the frame bars with brown ends, cut two 2 1/2" x selvage width brown strips and one 8 1/2" x selvage width light strip. Construct strip set as instructed previously, with brown strips sewn lengthwise to each side of the light strip. Press, square up and cut as many 2 1/2" segments as possible (likely 16). Construct the strip set for remaining two segments as directed on step two.
    2. To strip piece the block centers, cut two 4 1/2" x dark teal strips from selvage to selvage; cut two strips of dark teal the same size. Sew a dark teal lengthwise to a light teal and press seam allowance towards the dark strip. Square up the strip set and cut as many 4 1/2" segments from it as possible (likely 9). Repeat with the remaining strips to make nine more segments. Assemble nine block centers as directed on step two.

      Note: Depending on your available yardage, you might need to construct strip sets from shorter strips. Simply make additional, shorter strip sets to yield the same number of segments; each cut will be 4 1/2".

    3. Add an inch or so extra to the total for squaring up.

    4. Assemble each block as directed on step two. Make nine blocks.
    5. The quilt blocks are sewn together in diagonal rows and then joined. Use the got blues assembly diagram and instructions as a general guide.
    6. Use 3 1/2" wide strips of fabric to create the borders.