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.
| Uneven Nine Patch|
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Churn Dash quilt block is an easy nine patch block made with simple shapes -- rectangles and half square triangles. It's a good choice for a beginner quilter to learn how the patches go together.
What is interesting about this block, is that it is known my many other names. Just some of those names for this block (and this is not a complete list) are:
* Monkey Wrench (probably the most common alternate name)
* Fishermen's Reel
* Hole in the Barn Door
* Indian Hammer
* Quail's Nest
In any event, it makes for a fun block to construct.
The sample quilts illustrated are shown with a side by side block setting and an on point setting, and both use sashing strips to separate the blocks. I deviated from the usual colour selection of fabrics, as I chose to make the background fabric a dark value, rather than the traditional light fabric. What can you come up with?
Churn Dash - Variation
Monkey Wrench - Variation