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

Padre Island Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

I have to admit that I had never heard of the Padre Island Star block but I liked it right away. I also knew that it looked familiar. Upon further investigation, I noticed that two other blocks are made of exactly the same patches, but by colour changes and placement, you get entirely different looks. I have linked to both of these blocks below, so you can see for yourself.

This is an easy block and therefore a good choice for a beginner quilter. Simple patches made of "checkerboards" (a very common unit made by placing four small squares together), are present in each of the corners, and my favourite patch -- flying geese -- make up this very versatile block.

Setting your quilt on point is how the two sample quilts illustrated are laid out. What interesting quilt setting can you create?

See also
~ Maple Star
~ Lucky Clover