Finally! We get to do some actual sewing! In today’s video we are going to be making the split nine patch quilt block. This is a really basic block that is very beginner-friendly, but it looks just fancy enough to wow people when you tell them this is your first quilt.
Basically all quilt blocks are put together in a grid system. You either have two rows of two (four patch), three rows of three (nine patch), four rows of four and so on.
In a split nine patch, you sew nine squares that are all the same size together into three rows of three. Then to “split” it, you cut it in half down the horizontal and vertical centers. If you have never quilted before, that may sound hard, but in the video I break each step down to make it doable.
First we sew the rows together, go over how to press properly so there are no pleats where flat seams should be, how to join your rows together and bravely take your rotary cutter to slice them apart and sew them back together.
The results are super cool because it looks like you spent a lot of time cutting and piecing little squares and rectangles, but you know that you took the easy way out.
Now here is the best part about this pattern. Since we are essentially sewing a bunch of square units together, if you are off a little bit, it isn’t the end of the world. You can always use a square ruler to trim everything to the same size so they are easier to sew together. I would recommend using the Olfa Frosted 12 1/2-inch square ruler for this task. We have it at the shop and you can order it by clicking here.
When I started quilting the only rulers I had for a long time were the 6″x24″ Olfa, the 6 1/2″ square Olfa and the 12 1/2″ square Olfa. You can do just about everything you need to with that combination.
And since we know it can be expensive to start quilting, we have a special coupon just for our Beginner Quilting students. With this one-time use coupon, you can save 20 percent on everything in the Beginner Quilting category on our website.
That includes all of your notions and in-stock fabric from QT Fabrics, our class sponsor! We also have creates a few quilt kits for the Split Nine Patch pattern and have made digital versions of the quilts so you’ll know you love it before you start sewing.
The coupon will be sent to you via email after you download your FREE pattern to go along with this course. Click here to download your free copy.
Other videos in the series:
- Beginner Class Introduction
- Must Have Quilting Supplies and Tools
- How to Read a Quilt Pattern
- What’s the Difference??? Quilt Shop vs. Chain Store Fabric
- How to Use a Rotary Cutter
- 3 Ways to Sew a Perfect Quarter-Inch Seam Every Time
- Speed Up Your Sewing by Chain Piecing Your Quilt Blocks
- How to Assemble a Quilt Top
- How to Layer and Baste a Quilt aka Make the Quilt Sandwich