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Introduction to Split Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
Split Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

Carolina Byways Quilt from Floral Split Nine Patch Blocks

© Janet Wickell

About Split Nine Patch Quilt Blocks

Most split nine patch quilt (and quilt block) patterns show you how to cut and sew together individual squares and triangles, and others have quilters quick piece the half square triangle units that are used along each quilt block's diagonal.

My method allows you to strip piece the light and dark halves of the split nine patch block to make four identical block halves from straight strips of fabric. It might seem a little confusing at first, but once you construct a block you'll see how fast and simple it is to finish a set. Read all of the instructions and examine the illustrations before you choose fabrics and begin sewing.

Choose a Quilt Sizes

  • A 15-1/2" square quilt with 3" blocks
  • A 30-1/2" square wallhanging with 6" blocks.

The split nine patch quilt I call Carolina Byways, above, reflects the up and down mountains in our part of the country. Both it and my Country Roads quilt were assembled with strip pieced split nine patch blocks. Compare the quilts and you'll see how different the finished project can be when you vary fabrics and block arrangement. You can create many other layouts, too, such as the sunshine and shadows look of a log cabin quilt.

Gather Fabrics & Other Items

An assortment of scrappy fabrics works perfectly for a split nine patch quilt. Check the cutting instructions on page 2 to make sure your scraps are large enough.

Fabrics For the 15-1/2" Miniature Quilt

  • Darks, 1/2 yard
  • Medium Darks, 1/4 yard
  • Lights, 1/2 yard
  • Medium Light Fabrics, 1/4 yard

Fabrics For the 30-1/2" Quilt

  • Darks, 1/2 yard
  • Medium Dark Fabrics, 1/4 yard
  • Lights, 1/2 yard
  • Medium Lights, 1/4 yard

Other Materials You'll Need

Backing: 5/8 yard for mini; 1-1/8 yards for larger quilt

Batting: 19" square for mini; 35" square for larger quilt

Binding, running inches: 72" for mini; 135" for larger quilt

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