• As a newbie quilter, nine-patch blocks are one of the first you'll learn to make. It's exactly what it sounds like: nine same-size squares sewn together in rows of three. It's easy to pull together, and learning this technique will give you a design that's versatile, traditional and trendy all at the same time.

    1. 1. Line Up Your Squares

      Start with nine same-size fabric squares; line them up in rows of three.

    2. 2. Stitch Your First Row

      Stack the first pair of squares right sides together. Sew along one edge with a ¼" seam allowance. Place the third square on top of the second, right sides together, aligning the edges. Sew with a ¼" seam allowance.

    3. 3. Stitch Your Second and Third Rows

      Repeat with the remaining squares to form three rows of three.

    4. 4. Press the Seams

      Press the seams to one side, alternating the seam direction of each row. For instance, press the seams in the first and third row to the right, and the second row to the left.

    5. 5. Stitch the Rows Together

      Stack the first and second rows right sides together and pin, nesting the seams. Sew the rows together, removing the pins as you go. (Keep the seams oriented in the same direction as they were pressed.) Stack the third row on top of the second row, right sides together. Pin and sew.

    6. 6. Press the Horizontal Seams

      Press the horizontal seams to one side. Flip the block so the fabric is facing right side up, and press again.

      Pro Tip

      • Like the checkerboard effect? Start with five dark and four light (or vice versa) fabrics and arrange them before you sew to create that immediate contrast.

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