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

Maple Leaf

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Maple Leaf quilt block is one of my favourite blocks to use when teaching a class for beginner quilters. This block introduces you to the nine patch format, as well as getting you started on making the most common quilt patch (second only to the square) used in quilts -- the half square triangle.

The construction is easy and you can do many things with the resultant quilt block, especially if you rotate the block to produce different effects in the quilts. Look at the illustrated sample quilts for ideas.

See also - (another) Maple Leaf quilt block