The 4-Patches in a 9 -Patch Quilt Block
Here is another 9 patch block that can make good use of scraps and make a very frugal quilt and has some great design possibilities. (See picture at end of page).
As you can see from the picture to the left, 4 of the patches of this block are solid squares, and 5 of the patches are made from 4 patch quilt blocks.
One decision you have to make on the 4 patches is whether you want to take the time to remove the 3 stitches from the center that will remove some of the bulk from that area. Try it both ways, and then make your decision.
You can make this block with very small 4 patches, or you can make it with larger ones. This is a very fast block to make when you use large Simple Measurements. While this block is a 9 patch, it is further divided into 36 grids. If you finish the smaller grids at 2 inches, the larger grid will finish at 4 inches, and the block will finish at 12 inches.
Then, if you put solid blocks next to these 12 inch blocks, the quilt will be very quick to make. This design option makes good use of large floral prints that you do not want to cut up. See the picture below to see an example of this design possibility.
You can also make a speedy quilt using just this block, and perhaps adding lattice between the blocks.
Have some fun with fabric with this block and give it some personality. Use up your scraps, or make good use of those big floral prints in your stash.