Curvy 9 Patch Quilt Blocks 

 
Also see 12  Sample Quilts Tops Here

I wrote an earlier article about how to cut and sew easy curved strips. I promised some follow-up project ideas using this curved sewing technique - and here are some Curvy 9 Patch block ideas for making an easy nine patch quilt look a little wild and fun.

If you haven't read the How To Article of this topic 
- read it first:

  Sewing Easy Curves for Quilts  -  Here.
rotary cutterYou cut these curved edges by hand with a rotary cutter. 

curvy 9 patch quilt blocks

You will be sewing these nine patch blocks from pre-cut squares the size of your finished sewn block size + 1-1/2 inch for seam allowances.

Start with just 2 blocks in 2 contrasting plain fabrics to practice - once you get the hang of it you will be able to cut 3 or 4 block layers at a time to allow for more variation in your blocks. You'll see a lot of sample quilt tops here.

See how the look of a nine patch changes with curves added:

Start with just 2 blocks in 2 contrasting plain fabrics to practice, not too small - 9.5 inches or 10.5 inches - once you get the hang of it you will be able to cut 3 or 4 block layers at a time to allow for more variation in your blocks and can make smaller blocks. You'll can see a lot of sample quilt tops here.

You may want to draw on the fabric to mark your cutting lines or not - your choice.

If you want the 9 patch seams to line up to form continuous curves you will want to make the points at the seam allowance lines before cutting. At first just measure each - if you decide to make a lot of quilt blocks later you will want to make a cardboard template with the intersection points marked on it for faster marking.

Example for a 9" sewn size block:
 1.
Cut 2 squares of fabric each 10.5" x 10.5". One should be a light solid, or almost solid color and the other should be a contrasting, darker almost solid color.
 2. With a pencil or chalk mark along the sides of the lighter colored piece on the wrong side at 3.5" from each side of the top and bottom. Make the mark at least 1/4" long so you can see it.
 3. Layer the two squares on a cutting mat both right side down lined up matching edges with the light square on top and the marks you made in #2 above showing.
 4. Now, with a rotary cutter cut two curved lines joining the 2 points you marked. This will look like the first diagram below. The red dots show where you have made the marks.

curved 9 patch block

Now, following the technique outlined in the Sewing Easy Curves article (see it here) you will switch the middle sections and sew these 2 blocks together to look like this:

Press flat and layer the two sewn blocks with both in the same orientation. AGAIN - mark the points on the back of the lighter side at 3.5" from each side. Do the same procedure to cut the blocks again as shown below:

9 patch curvy block cutting diagram

You again switch the center strips and you will have two complete blocks as shown below. 

 

 


Remember: You do not have to cut exactly as I drew the curves - they were just an example. Vary the lines in your blocks for more interesting effects.

There are lots of neat looking quilts to make with these blocks - the curves turn a simple 9-patch into some "different".

See 12 Sample Quilt Tops on following 2 pages

Susan

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