Since my last trip to the quilt store, I’ve been feeling inspired to do a little quilting. When I say little, I’m thinking potholders. Because, they’re basically just small quilts, right?!?! 😉
If you’ve never done any block piecing (or maybe you have, but a refresher is in order?), I’m going to walk you through a basic Nine Patch Block. Let’s get started…..
7-1/2″ Nine Patch Quilt Block (this block is the size needed for the potholder construction ):
- 1/4 yard each light and dark 100% cotton fabric
- 9 2-7/8″ squares/5 dark & 4 light (OR 5 light & 4 dark)
Wash fabrics in hot, soapy water (separately). To set the colors, soak in a white vinegar and salt solution for 20-30 minutes. Rinse until colors run clear. Dry and press. You’re now ready to cut your blocks.
I prefer to use a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat……but you can cut with scissors if you like. Measure a 2-7/8″ strip across your light & dark fabrics.
Cut 2-7/8″ squares from these strips.
With right sides together, sew a dark square to a light square using a 1/4″ stitch (a walking foot works great for this, as it feeds the fabrics in the same direction). Press seam allowance toward the dark fabric. Continue sewing squares together until you have 3 strips with 3 squares each….
Now, sew the 3 strips (right sides together using a 1/4″ seam) together. Make sure to match the pressed seam allowance together. It will look like this….
You’re now already to construct a potholder if you like. OR. Maybe you want to construct MORE blocks and save them up to create a quilt top? Decisions, decisions….
BUT. There’s MORE! I’m going to show you the EASIEST way I know to make Half-Square Triangles (also known as HST). These HSTs will finish out to the 2-7/8″ square size (so you can combine them with your squares for even MORE Nine Patch options!
Here’s how easy it is….
Prepare your fabrics the same as you did for your squares. Cut a light and dark fabric strip at 3-1/4″. Then cut 3-1/4″ squares from the strips. Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner with a pencil or disappearing ink pen (this will be your cutting line). Draw a 1/4″ line (stitching line) on each side of the diagonal line (if your machine has a 1/4″ guide bar you could use that if you prefer)
Stitch on your stitching lines.
Cut the (center) diagonal line.
Once again, press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.
Trim the little “ears” from the seam allowance and true up the square.
If you search “Nine Patch Blocks” You will find lots of layouts and color combos. Here’s a couple I found….
Well….that’s the Nine Patch Block basics! Are you ready to “catch the quilt bug”?