Delaware Quilts

Nine Patch Heart

This is a very easy block, measure, cut and assemble. I knew I needed a nine patch block, so that's where I started. I had three inch squares left over from another project, so I used those.

For a twelve inch finished block you will need:
      From one color cut five 3 inch squares and one 8 x 5 inch rectangle.
      From another contrasting or complimenting color cut four 3 inch squares and one 8 x 5 inch rectangle.
      From your background cut one 5 inch square and four 2 1/4 inch squares.

First, assemble your nine patch block.

I pressed to the darker fabric, and then pressed all the seams of the finished nine-patch in the same direction.

Add the 8 x 5 rectangle to one side of the nine patch as shown. Then add two 2 1/4 inch squares to each corner and sew diagonally from corner to corner. Now if you want, you may trim off the excess leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (I left mine on since I had dark red fabrics and the double layer of white-on-white helped mask the dark reds underneath the corners.)

Next add the corners to the other 8 x 5 rectangle, and then sew it together with the 5 inch background square.

That goes on the top of the block and your block is finished. It should measure exactly 12 1/2 inches.

And here's my sample block.

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Posted January 16, 2023

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