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

Maple Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Maple Star quilt block was new to me. I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it turned out. It is an easy nine patch block comprised of simple shapes -- the square, rectangle and triangle. The flying geese unit in the quilt block is the one that composes the star in the title of the pattern.

The two sample quilts shown both use an "on point" setting with sashing. However, the difference is whether additional half quilt blocks were used, as in the example on the right. As you can see, the effect is very different.