Make Nine Patch Quilt Block Rows
- Gather two 3-1/2" x selvage width dark hot strips and a lighter hot strip of the same size.
- Sew a dark strip lengthwise to each side of the lighter strip (top left illustration). Press seam allowances towards the center strip.
- Square up one end of the strip set. Cut as many 3-1/2" segments from the strip set as possible (probably 11 or 12).
- Use the (2) 3-1/2" x 26" dark hot strips and the lighter hot strip of the same size to make another strip set just like the first. Square up one end and cut more 3-1/2" segments. You'll need a total of 16.
- Gather the two lighter hot and one neutral 3-1/2" x 29" strips. Sew a lighter hot strip lengthwise to the neutral strip (top right illustration). Press seam allowances away from the center strip.
- Square up one end of the strip set and then cut eight 3-1/2" segments.
- Gather two segments cut in step 2 and one strip cut in step 6. Form three rows with the segments, placing the segment with the neutral center strip in the middle (lower left illustration).
- Sew the rows together, butting seams for a perfect match. Press. The nine patch quilt block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2". Repeat to make a total of eight nine patch quilt blocks.