Tossed Nine Patch

For the past 4 months, Phyllis Shaw, the Querky Quilter from Stanford, KY has shared with you some great quilt patterns. This month Phyllis returns with another basic basic piecing patterns – the Nine Patch. These unassuming 9 little squares have become a standard for quilters across our country and its appeal spans generations. This month she will show you how to turn a simple Nine Patch into a stunning quilt that only looks complicated. Welcome, Phyllis!

Tossed Nine Patch

For the sample quilt pictured I selected 1930 reproduction fabrics. This is the quilt I made for my youngest daughter’s dorm room. She wanted a scrappy, homey, vintage feel so these fabrics worked perfectly. I knew it was a winner when she called home and said,” Mom, all the girls want to hang out in my room because it feels like home.”

tossed nine patch

My inspiration comes from Quilt in a Day’s pattern “Tossed Nine Patch.” These patterns are in stock at Simple Times.

Materials needed to make one 14.5 inch block.

  • 5 inch squares of cotton fabric- each block requires 9. I love using Charm Square packs ( precut 5 inch squares) but this also makes a great use of scraps.

Usual piecing supplies: rotary cutter, quilt ruler, cutting mat, sewing machine, neutral thread…


  • Using a ¼ inch seam sew 5 inch squares together.
  • # of 9-Patch blocks needed: Wall- 9, Lap- 12, Twin- 15, Queen- 20, and King-25

tossed nine patch

  • Place 9-Patch block on cutting surface- cut in half lengthwise. Without moving cut pieces cut in half widthwise.

tossed nine patch

  • Toss your 4 smaller blocks and sew back together. Experiment with your block pieces to see which configuration you like best.
tossed nine patch

Hint: Whatever fabrics you place in the corners of your 9-Patch those will remain uncut. I like to put a favorite or focus fabric in these places.

Have you ever made a Tossed Nine Patch? I’d love to see pictures of your creations!

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