Strip Piecing 9 Patch Blocks

This tutorial will show you how to strip-piece 9 patch blocks.  This method is quick, easy, and reduces the amount of cutting you will have to do.

Note: my blocks are scrappy, but you can use whatever color scheme you want to in your blocks.

I started with a pile of light/neutral 2 1/2″ strips, and a pile of dark 2 1/2″ strip.  You can cut these if you need to, I pulled my strips out of the 2 1/2″ strip drawer of Scrap User System. (Click HERE for a great post on the Scrap User System, designed by Bonnie Hunter).

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Sew a light strip and a dark strip together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Press open to the dark.

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Next, add a dark strip along the other edge of the light strip.  Press open to the dark.

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Repeat this process using a dark strip with two light strips sewn to it. Press to the dark.

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After you’ve sewn your strip sets, take your strip sets to the cutting mat.  Using a rotary cutter and ruler, sub-cut the strip sets into 2 1/2″ wide strips.

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Next, lay out your strips into three rows.  You can make nine patches with dark squares in the corner, or light squares in the corner.

After you have decided on a layout, sew the rows together to make complete 9 patch blocks.  Press open.

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I’ll be showcasing these scrappy 9 patch blocks in an upcoming pattern for the free patterns tab.  Look for that post within the month of January.

Until next time,

The Quilt Police

 

 

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