Here are two methods that you might like to try when construction the Nine Patch Block.

**Method One: Two At A Time**

Barbara D. shared this method for making two blocks at a time. The blocks will not be exact duplicates as the two fabrics will end up in OPPOSITE positions in the block.

First: **Cut** a 9-inch (or any size that is easily divided by 3) square from each of 2 different fabrics. Place them right sides together. Sew down two sides:

Cut them into three equal strips. Press the two sidepieces open. You will have an extra strip of each color:

**Sew** each of the extra strips to their corresponding sides. Press open. You will now have two squares with 3 strips each, of alternating colors:

**Lay them** right sides together so the seams nestle. Sew down the two sides with the seams on them:

**Cut** the unit into three equal strips, cutting in the direction of the seams you just sewed:

**Press** open the two outside pieces. You will have two extra of strips. Sew them onto their corresponding units and Viola’! You now have two Nine-Patch blocks of alternating colors

**Method Two: No Waste Nine Patch Blocks
**Shared by Sharon T. (These directions make one 4 1/2″ finished 9 patch block.)

**Cut 2 strips**-2″ X 8″ plus one 2″ square of your corner fabric.

**Sew** the long strips together and press to the darker strip

**Cross cu**t the unit making four 2″ strips

**Re-position** as shown in image 1. Note where the extra square is placed!

**Sew** together as shown in image 2, and Viola!!!

#1 #2 #3

**Use this chart** to plan your cutting for different sizes of blocks.

Strip Cuts Makes Finished

2″ x 8″ 4 1/2″

2 1/2″ x 10″ 6″

3″ x 12″ 7 1/2″

3 1/2″ x 14″ 9″

4″ x 16″ 10 1/2″

4 1/2″ x 18″ 12 “