Nine patch quilt blocks are numerous and likewise, the "sister" block type -- the Uneven Nine Patch. Both can be simple or challenging, depending on the number of pieces in each quilt patch.

Nine patch blocks are comprised of nine units, laid out in three rows of three patches. This is probably the most commonly used type of quilt block made.

Nine Patch - Uneven

Bear Tracks

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Bear Tracks quilt block is an old favourite. It looks wonderful using either a dark or a light fabric for the background. Here I have chosen to use a dark fabric to offset the other features of the quilt block.

This is a great nine patch block for teachers to use because it contains both the half square triangle and quarter square triangle patches.

The two sample quilts illustrated show the blocks set side-by-side and on point. Both quilts use sashing to separate the quilt blocks. However in the on point setting, the sashing is the same fabric as the background, resulting in the impression that the blocks are "floating" in the quilt.