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Make This FREE Quilt Pattern in a Flash (With No Wasted Fabric!)

Make this super easy and impressive Framed Nine-Patch Quilt using the fast, no-waste method below. This method uses 6'' strip pre-cut bundles, but you could easily use up scraps or strips already in your stash. 

Framed Nine-Patch Quilt

I used Boundless Batiks in the Sunrise colorway for this tutorial. Plenty more colorways are available here.

Boundless Batik Sunrise QUilt

This method makes two blocks at a time so there will be no leftovers or waste at all! And because it makes two blocks at a time these will sew up twice as fast. So let's get started.

Cutting instructions for each PAIR of blocks:

Strips of Batik Fabric
  • Cut 6 strips: 2'' x 6'' from a light fabric
  • Cut 6 strips: 2'' x 6'' from a dark fabric
  • Cut a 5'' section from the roll, then cross-cut it into four strips, each 1½'' x 5''
  • Cut a 7'' section from the roll, then cross-cut it into four strips, each 1½'' x 7''

So, you'll end up with a total of twelve 2" x 6" rectangles (half light, half dark) for the nine-patches, plus four 1.5'' x 5'' rectangles and four 1.5" x 7" rectangles for the frames.

Sewing instructions:

Strip Sets

Step 1:

Sew the light and dark strips together into sets of three, alternating color. Press the seams toward the dark colors.

Step 2:

Stacked Strip Sets

Layer the strips on the cutting mat, off setting them a bit to prevent the seams from being directly on top of one another. 

Cut Strip Sets

Cross-cut these strip sets into three units, each 2'' wide.

Step 3:

Sew the strip sets together, alternating them so they create a nine patch. Press the seams to one side.

Step 4:

Sewing A Framed Nine PatchArrange the framing strips as shown above. Sew the two 1½'' x 5'' strips to opposite sides of the block. Press the seams toward the strips.

Then, sew the two 1½'' x 7 '' strips to the remaining two sides of the block. Press the seams toward the strips.

Step 5:

Trim the block to exactly 7" x 7" if needed.

Repeat with the second block, using the remaining pieces.

Framed Nine Patch Block

How to use the framed nine-patch blocks

The finished framed nine-patch will be ready to sew into any project you wish. It would make a cute mug rug all by itself. Sew 3 pairs and make a tiny doll quilt. Sew 4 pairs and make a pretty table runner. Or sew 18 pairs like I did and make a lovely wall hanging.

Framed Nine Patch Quilt

With 36 blocks, this quilt can be made by sewing six rows of six blocks each. Sew the rows together to create a quilt that measures 39'' x 39''. But no need to stop there — keep going and make any size quilt you prefer! This method is so fast and fun, you're sure to want to keep going.

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12 Comments

Jan T

How many bundles will I need to ?am A a twin size quilt?

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Denise

Love this one, thank you

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Crystal Conrad-Kauffman

Hello,
Beautiful pattern!
For the math challenged (me!), how many precut 6 inch strips do you need to make this quilt at the size of 39X39? And is there an easy way to figure out how many more you would need for a larger size? I am sorry to ask what can probably be figured out with pencil and paper or a calculator – I’m just no 100% sure how to do that? Thank you!
Crystal

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Char

I would like to make a queen size quilt. Would I need 3 pkgs worth of the 6″ strips. I figure I will need 13 squares across and probably 16 squares down. I am just not exactly sure of how many packages to buy. Thanks for your help ahead of time.

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Sew Happy

I like the pattern. I thought I was good at reading a pattern. The cutting instructions for this pattern are not clear. Not sure how to cut the framing pieces. happy there is not waste.

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Sheryll Seidel

The pattern says after nine patch is made, frame by cutting and sewing on two 1 1/2″ x 5 ” strips, on 2 opposite ends. Then sew 1 1/2″ x 7″ strips on the other two ends. Trim the entire block to 7 x 7 inches.

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Jena Walter

Just wondering if you really mean 2″ strips. Most precuts, including the one you have advertised are 2 1/2″ strips. Are we really supposed to cut them down to 2″?

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Sheryll Seidel

The designer of the quilt said to use 6 inch strips (which can be purchased in collections of fabrics,) and cutting them into 3 -2 inch strips is what they do. If you want to use a jellyroll, you could, but it would alter the size and pattern repeats would differ. However, it could still be very pretty.

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Barbara Corbitt

How many sets would I need

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Sharon

I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who has trouble with these calculations! My late husband (an engineer) used to do this part for me!

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Kathy Knowlton

Where’s the download button?

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Craftsy

The beauty of this pattern is that no template or printable is necessary! Everything you need is right here in the tutorial.

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