* Note: (1) Blocks are beginning blocks (2) Blocks are a little more challenging
Frugal Quilting Basics
The Cornered 9-Patch Quilting Block
The Cornered 9 patch is a very interesting quilt block. This block is a 4 patch block with a 9 patch in the center.
The block at the top of the page is a very frugal, scrappy block, made with retro fabric for an old-fashioned look. The block to the left, also at the bottom of the page, has an entirely different look. I made these blocks using simple measurements, which in the case of these blocks, can be a little tricky.
To the left is a picture of the grid of the Cornered 9 patch. It is a 4 patch, but it can be further divided into 16 patches. You can see the flying geese units on the outer edges. They take up 2 of the subdivided grids.
Using simple measurements I planned for each grid to finish at 2 inches. The flying geese units finish at 2x4 inches. Remember, with the flying geese block the rectangle is always exactly twice as long as it is wide.
The squares in the corner finish at 2 inches. That is a pretty simple. Not as easy is to figure out how to make the 9 patch in the center finish at 4 inches.
If you cut the squares at 2 inches, when you sew 3 of them together, you have a raw 5 inches. (6 inches minus 1-inch for the 2 seams). You need this unit to be 4 1/2 inches raw, like the flying geese.
So take your cut down to 1 7/8 inches. That is as close as you can get it. Your 9 patch will be 1/8 of an inch too large. Cut your squares (or strips) at 1 7/8 raw. Try and cut them a tiny bit smaller, or you can wait until the unit is done, and make a couple sliver cuts at the edges so that this unit fits exactly with the flying geese unit.
Here is a picture of the block again. You could make this block in many ways. You could make all the geese out of the same fabric. You could use value in the 9 patch.
Notice how this block is just a variation of the Squares in the Corners Quilt Block below.
The above block has been altered by replacing the rectangles with flying geese blocks, and the center square with a 9 patch. That is it. Otherwise, the dimensions are entirely the same. Once you understand the grids, it is very easy to design your own blocks. To the right of the Squares in the Corners is an example of using value in the 9 patch and similar flying geese.