Today we’re working on the next block in my baby girl pink quilt. It’s a 9-patch block with a border. It’s super easy and very versatile!
After cutting out your pieces we’re going to start by sewing a piece of background fabric to fabric A. Press toward darker fabric. Make 2 of these.
Next, sew a fabric A square onto the background side of the two block combo. (For some reason I did not take pictures of these steps.) press toward darker fabric.
You will now have three blocks sewn together: fabric A, background, and fabric A.
Now for the next strip. Repeat same steps, except the strip will be background, fabric A, and background. Press toward darker fabric.
The block will be laid out like this:
Sew the three rows together, press and trim to 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
And now you have your 9-patch.
- 5- 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ fabric A (striped)
- 4- 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background fabric
- 2- 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ fabric B (pink)
- 2- 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ fabric B (pink)
Adding the Border
Now we’re going to put the border around it. Take a fabric B, 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strip, and sew to opposite sides of the 9-patch block. Press toward fabric B. Then sew the 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ fabric B to the other two opposite sides. Press toward fabric B and trim to 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.
And there you go, easy-peasy!
Now, for a….
If your making multiple of these blocks you can sew the fabric in strips.
Imagine I wanted to make 4 of these blocks and you need 2 of the fabric A, background, fabric A strips for each block.
We know that each strip will be 2 1/2″ wide, so we need to do a little math…
4 blocks x 2 strips each = 8 strips total
Multiply 8 by the 2 1/2″ wide, which would give you 20″.
Cut out 2- 20″ x 2 1/2″ fabric A and 1- 20″ x 2 1/2″ of background fabric.
Sew them together in long strips in order: fabric A, background, fabric A.
Trim end, and then cut into 8- 2 1/2″ sections. Now you have the top and bottom of the 9-square patch.
Repeat steps, but cut out 2- 2 1/2″ x 10″ of background and 1- 2 1/2″ x 10″ of fabric A. (These are shorter because you only need 1 row for each block.) Sew them together as background, fabric A, background. Press, trim, and cut into 4- 2 1/2″ strip.
I hope this is helpful.