Mini nine patch quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Welcome to the first block in the Tiny Quilt QAL.

The block’s finished size is 3″ x 3″.

All the blocks are made with foundation piecing. In such small sizes it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing.

I used regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick. You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Let’s get to it!

How to make a 3″ nine patch block

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Download the template

Traditional templates

Traditional templates are available on my Etsy shop.

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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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8 thoughts on “Mini nine patch quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL”

  1. Hi, I don'”t know if it was intentional, but I received 9 templates for the foundation paper piecing method, which when I printed them out came out twice (this might be my mistake when printing). Also one of the templates is called a star quilt block but looks to me as a log cabin block.

    Was it intentional to have all the templates come out at once?

    Also, could you give me an idea of how many different fabrics you would suggest (I’d like to keep it down to a minimum and work with some of my scraps)

    Thanks again for all your work

    Judith Le 13 juil. 2019 à 20:01, Sewn Up a écrit :

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  2. Further to my earlier reply I also saw that the “broken dish” block seems to be an hourglass quilt block

    thanks again Judith Le 13 juil. 2019 à 20:01, Sewn Up a écrit :

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  3. This method of making a nine patch block (no matter what size) is silly and very labor intensive, no thanks

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  4. Thank you for that. It wasn’t intentional. Some very keen quilters may finish ahead of time 😂😂😂

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  5. Hi Judith as for how many fabrics, get 3 or 4 plus a background fabric and do all the blocks mixing and matching those. If you’re using fabric scraps you can get several fabrics with the same colour base. To unify the quilt I used the fabric background and the light pink fabric with little triangles throughout.

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  6. Laurel, this method to do a 9 patch may appear silly to an experienced quilter however my tutorials usually have a teaching component to them and this block is perfect to learn foundation piecing, a technique that lots of quilters are scared of.

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  7. Laurel
    It’s not all that labor intense and for these tiny pieces this method certainly helped me.
    Also it’s good practice for the more complicated blpcks to come
    Thanks Teresa for your guidance
    Judith

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