The nine patch is one of the simplest of blocks for the beginner patchworker. The first block swaps I participated in as a novice quilter were 9 Patch swaps.
Nine patches are a traditional quilt block made with nine simple squares. Three rows of three squares create quilt design that is versatile, traditional and trendy — all at the same time. For many years, nine patches were one of the first blocks taught to young girls learning how to quilt. Today, most beginner quilt classes include a nine patch block. (www.Craftsy.com)
The swaps I participated in were through an online group I had joined called Southern Cross Quilters, a group for patchworkers in Australia and New Zealand or expats living abroard. Each month we had a different theme, sometimes a colour was stipulated and we would send our blocks into the co-ordinator and get the same number of blocks back. I was a very keen participator although I eventually pulled out as I wasn't doing anything with the blocks once I'd received them. Eventually I set to and made a good few nine patch quilts.
|a Christmas quilt I made for my mum and dad using some of the nine patches from the swap|
|This quilt was made using green nine patches|
|I made this quilt for my niece who had been ill|
I discovered that there were many variations of the nine patch, not just the one I was making which was usually just 2 different and contrasting fabrics arranged.
These 2 quits were giant nine patches in them selves
Even the back was a nine patch
Mum loved her quilt and its still on her bed in her nursing home today
Craftsy has a great article here out lining how to make the traditional nine patch as well as the many different types of nine patch blocks.