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Have you ever wanted to make a simple 9 patch quilt block using the three by three block? Many times this is called the Rail Fence block and it is super easy to make!
Lately there have been a lot of quilters signing up for my newsletter who consider themselves beginner quilters so I thought I would share another easy to make quilt block called the Three by Three. It is a variation of the 9 patch block and goes by many, many names including Rail Fence. This is what it is called in Electric Quilt 8 which is a program I have used for years to help me design quilt patterns.
Are you trying to practice your ¼” seam allowance?
Try making these blocks. This design can also be made by cutting strips of fabric the width of the fabric but stitching small pieces will make it easier for you to control your ¼” seam allowance.
Three by Three Quilt Block Tutorial
This is a perfect quilt block to make using quilt fabrics you already have in your stash or make it scrappy! I am using some of my Island Batik fabrics that I have received over the years as an Island Batik Ambassador. In just a couple days the list of 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors will be shared (I did make the list)!
I try and save
hoard every little scrap. Most of the pieces are smaller than a fat quarter but they always come in handy for quilt projects.
I sure hope I’ll have room in my “temporary quilt room” for these! Every time I show how I store my batiks, someone wants to know where I bought them. These are from IKEA – the Algot storage system. IKEA seems to change their links all the time but I just looked it up and got the link for you. I am not an affiliate for them…..just love their products! I sure wish we had one closer to us.
I have seen this same type of system with baskets that aren’t as big on Pinterest but have no idea where to buy them. If you find out please let me know.
Okay, back to the Three by Three 9 patch block!
18½” x 18½” block
Three coordinating colors of fabrics – I am using scraps, fat quarters will work or you can cut two 2½” strips the width of your fabric.
- Dark Pink – cut nine – 2½” x 6½” rectangles
- Medium Pink – cut nine – 2½” x 6½” rectangles
- Pink – cut nine – 2½” x 6½” rectangles
Using a bundle of coordinating fabrics makes it easy to make your quilt.
Use a ¼” seam allowance and press your seams toward the darker fabric.
- There are nine sections to the block and you will use one of each color.
- Sew the strips together following the diagrams.
Make nine sections – each section will measure 6½” x 6½” square.
Arrange the sections as shown below.
Sew the rows together.
Congratulations! You now have a Three by Three quilt block that measures 18½ inches. What do you think I’ll make with it? Hopefully I’ll share that soon! You can find some great deals on fabric that would work for this block here.
I thought I’d share a little peek at the way I took the photos of the block. This is the ladder I used in my quilt photography post. I have a piece of car siding that Builder Bob cut down to a manageable size for me.
Update: I also have two quilt projects that I made with this block:
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