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

Goose Tracks

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Goose Tracks quilt block focuses on the half square triangle patch as the main "ingredient" and then throws in a few squares in different sizes for good measure. This is a good starter block for the beginner quilter.

Simple shapes can make for very intriguing quilts and there is no limit to the ways you can use this quilt block in your final production. This nine patch quilt block also makes a great scrappy block allowing you to use up your scraps. The only criteria is to make sure that each half square triangle unit has a definite "dark" and "light" fabric for effective contrast.

The sample quilts illustrated show you layouts using the additional sashing between the blocks for greater emphasis.