Nine Patch Variation
This was one of the first blocks I “invented” myself, and it was one of my very first BOMs. It is still a favorite of mine, and is one of my most popular patterns too. I think it's a favorite because the finishing possibilities are almost endless, and you can make so many different looking quilts from the same block.
This an easy block, but needs contrasting fabrics to really make it work. I suggest complete opposites, lights and darks. The block on the left has lights and darks, and would work fine. The block in the middle has the same colors on one side, but by making the other side blacks, it becomes the dark side of the block. This would also work fine. You can use all the same colors too, as shown in the block on the right, which has all browns, lights and darks. As long as there is high contrast between the lights and darks it will work.
For each 8 inch unfinished block you need:
Three 3 inch squares AND one 3 3/8 inch square from a light color
Four three inch squares and one 3 3/8 inch square of dark color
Step one: Place your dark 3 3/8 inch block and a light 3 3/8 inch block right sides together. Carefully draw a line down the center, corner to corner, diagonally across the block. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.)
Step two: If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of this drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. This will be your sewing line.
Step three: After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly three inches. (You can find more directions for making diagonal half squares with diagrams by following this link.) Press to the darker side of the square.
You may purchase this pattern for a $6.00 donation to the American Cancer Society. (Pattern includes nine different quilt layouts) See this and more patterns here
And this is my Nine Patch Variation, made of scraps, quilted by my friend Jackie, who made it even prettier.
Here are different sizes to make your Nine Patch Variation in, and the cuts to make them that way:
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Updated June 22, 2020
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