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.
I used Boundless Batiks in the Sunrise colorway for this tutorial. Plenty more colorways are available here.
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:
- 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.
Sew the light and dark strips together into sets of three, alternating color. Press the seams toward the dark colors.
Layer the strips on the cutting mat, off setting them a bit to prevent the seams from being directly on top of one another.
Cross-cut these strip sets into three units, each 2” wide.
Sew the strip sets together, alternating them so they create a nine patch. Press the seams to one side.
Arrange 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.
Trim the block to exactly 7″ x 7″ if needed.
Repeat with the second block, using the remaining pieces.
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.
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.