The basic 9-patch block is a starting point for many quilters. The block is relatively easy and fast to construct and has many different uses in a variety of quilting patterns, traditional and contemporary.
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For this block feature, we will treat the block as a single square unit and not focus too much on the fabric placements or seam lines.
Each of the above blocks has its own unique benefits, depending on your end-use and desired look.
Ornamental Deco Block 9
Ornamental Deco Block 9 is a very clean and contemporary block. It features 4 squares arranged in a diagonal fashion. When stitched on the 9-patch block, the 4 squares enforce the simple square design in the block construction.
Quarter Square Block 9
This design, Quarter Square Block 9, works well with the 9-patch block as it is more ornate and really stands out when juxtaposed with the simple piecing design. The curls in the block also nod to the floral fabric chosen. Keep in mind, there are many florals and this curls-matching-florals idea can be applied to many quilted projects.
You’ll notice that while the quilting design has a lot of motion in its lines, the quilting doesn’t actual cross over any 4-point intersections/seams on the block. This may be helpful if the piecing has seams pressed in one direction or if the seams do not quite line up.
Ornamental Deco Block 7
Ornamental Deco Block 7 is a companion block to the Ornamental Deco Block 9. This design, however does not feature any squares and it much more complex in its line work. The block still has soft edges to give interest to the basic 9-patch block.
Just as in the Quarter Square design above, this quilting design does not stitch over the seam intersections.
Fabric featured in this digital mock up is Midnight Soiree by Connecting Threads.