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Meet the Floating Nine Patch Baby Quilt
This baby quilt pattern is sewn with a combination of nine-patch and snowball quilt blocks. Overall, the quilt finishes at about 38" x 63", and blocks finish at 9-inches square.

Blocks are placed on-point. Jagged edges around an on-point quilt's outer perimeter are typically filled-in with setting and corner triangles cut from a single fabric, but we'll use partial quilt blocks instead.

I wanted nine patch blocks to pop out just a bit, so I chose two hot fabrics for their outer squares, one darker than the other. The center square is a neutral, light but still a bit warm. The same light is used for the center of the snowball quilt blocks, which have a mottled orange fabric at their outer corners.

  • The Snowball's orange comes forward a bit, but doesn't overtake the hot fabrics in nine patch units.
  • Using a very light fabric in the Snowball centers would make the snowballs pop out more, but I wanted the nine patches to be the focus.

My tutorials about color value and using a color wheel might help you choose fabrics.

Fabric Requirements & Other Materials

Yardages are a bit generous to allow for cutting irregularities and shrinkage.

Lighter Hot Fabric: 1 yard

Darker Hot Fabric: 1 yard

Light, but somewhat warm, neutral fabric: 1-1/2 yards

Mottled orange: 3/4 yard

Quilt Backing: 2 yards (should not need to be pieced - see How to Make Quilt Backing)

Quilting Batting: approximately 44" x 69" of thin batting

Binding: about 225 running inches of doublefold binding to sew on with a 1/4" seam allowance (How to Make Quilt Binding)

Cutting Instructions

Never cut all of the fabric required for a quilt before sewing a test block or two, because we all make errors. I could have a typo (even though the patterns are checked before going live). You could make a cutting error, or perhaps sew a wider-than-normal quarter inch seam allowance. Always test first, no matter whose quilt pattern you are using.

Nine Patch Quilt Blocks

Lighter hot fabric:
  • (1) 3-1/2" x selvage width strip
  • (2) 3-1/2" x 29" strips
  • (1) 3-1/2" x 26" strip

Darker hot fabric:

  • (2) 3-1/2" x selvage width strips
  • (2) 3-1/2" x 26" strips

Snowball Quilt Blocks

Neutral print:
  • (1) 3-1/2" x 29" strip
  • (15) 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" squares

Orange mottled print: (60) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares (cut from four to five 3-1/2" wide selvage width strips)

Patchwork Setting Triangles

Setting and corner triangle fabric requirements are split, to make it easier for you to use different fabrics. Fabrics will be the same if you make a quilt as shown.

Lighter hot fabric: (2) 3-1/2" x selvage width strip (might need one or two additional 3-1/2" squares)

Darker hot fabric:

  • (1) 3-1/2" x selvage width strip (might need an additional 3-1/2" square)
  • (6) 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" squares

Light neutral print:

  • (3) 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" squares

Patchwork Corner Triangles

Lighter hot fabric: (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares

Darker hot fabric: (2) 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" squares

Light neutral fabric: (2) 3" x 3" squares (can cut slightly oversize and square up after sewing corners)

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