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

Underground Railroad

Free Quilt Block Pattern

Who has not heard of the Underground Railroad? Well if not, a brief history is that it was not a train at all, but a secret network of people who assisted slaves during the 19th century to escape from the southern states, staying in secret and hidden "safe houses" on the way. The slaves followed the north star to northern states and Canada where freedom awaited.

Is it any wonder that this nine patch quilt block called Underground Railroad would be a directional type of block featuring a definite path? Besides offering wonderful results as you place your blocks in your quilt, directional blocks are good choices to use as "connector blocks", used side by side with a different block which results in a secondary pattern emerging. (At some point, I hope to offer patterns for two block quilts, but that is still on my "to do" list.)

The sample quilts illustrated show how secondary patterns can emerge with just this one block, by using simple 90 degree rotations. What interesting arrangements can you come up with?