Flying Nines baby quilt

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A few days ago I shared a couple photos of the new baby quilt that I was working on and now I have it quilted and finished!

Flying Nines baby quilt hanging in tree

This is a precious little quilt that would be perfect for a new baby or would also work as a lap quilt for someone in a nursing home.

Flying Nines baby quilt tutorial

I always have lots of different quilt projects that I have started over the years. We quilters like to call them UFOs (unfinished projects). Well, I have a bag of teeny tiny flying geese sections and nine patch blocks from a scrap quilt I had started and never got any further with. I pulled them out and designed this little block.

Flying Nines baby quilt blocks

Flying Geese Nines

28″ x 35″

I originally was going to call this the Flying Geese 9-Patch but decided I liked Flying Nines better. I have so much fun playing around with blocks and putting together a baby quilt.

You can see more photos in my Sharing Quilt Projects #9 post.

Baby quilts are a perfect projects to try out a new design, then if you like it, it is easy to make it bigger. I used my Electric Quilt program to get a few ideas.

Fabrics:

  • Teal fabrics – scraps
  • Coral fabric – 1/4 yard
  • Brown fabric – 1/8 yard
  • Cream fabric – 1 yard
  • Binding 1/4 yard – Teal
  • Backing and batting

Blocks:

The baby quilt has six quilt blocks. Each block is made with five 9-patch blocks and eight flying geese blocks.

Flying Geese quilt block

Cutting

  • Coral – cut 48 – 2″ x 3½” rectangles
  • Cream – cut 96 – 2″ squares

Make each flying geese block using the following diagrams.

  • Place the square on top of the left side of the coral rectangle with right sides facing
  • Stitch a seam diagonally from one corner to the other
  • Trim the rectangle and square ¼-inch from the sewn line
  • Fold back and press
  • Repeat for the other side
  • Each one will measure 2-inch x 3½-inch
Steps to make the flying geese quilt block

You will make 48 flying geese sections and then sew two of them together twenty-four times. Your finished block will measure 3½-inches square.

Flying geese quilt blocks

9-patch quilt block

Cutting:

  • Cut 180 teal 1½-inch squares
  • Cut 30 brown 1½-inch squares
  • Cut 180 cream 1½-inch squares

Make each 9-patch block using the following diagrams.

  • Sew the squares together with a ¼-inch seam allowance
  • Sew three squares together for a row
  • Repeat this step three times
  • Sew the rows together
  • Each block will measure 3½-inch x 3½-inch
9 patch quilt block diagram

Piece the large squares:

Each of the large squares will measure 9½-inch x 9½-inch and will consist of four flying geese sections and five 9-patch blocks.

Rotate the flying geese sections as shown.

Flying nines

Sew three blocks together for each row.

Flying nines rows

Here is the finished Flying Nines quilt block which measures 9½-inches square.

Flying Nines quilt block

Make six of the Flying Nines blocks.

Sashing and borders

Sashing:

  • Cut three – 2½-inch x 9½-inch strips and sew two blocks together three times
  • Cut two – 2½-inch x 20½-inch strips to place between the rows as shown

Borders:

  • Measure your baby quilt before adding the borders and adjust your measurement if needed
  • Cut the side borders 4½-inches by 31½-inches or the length of your quilt
  • Cut the top and bottom borders 2½-inches by 28-inches
Flying Geese Nines baby quilt diagram

Add your batting and backing and quilt as desired. Cut four 2½-inch strips for your binding and sew them together. I like to stitch my binding on by machine using my easy machine binding tutorial.

The AccuQuilt cutter and dies can be used for the blocks

If you have an AccuQuilt cutting machine, you can use the GO! Flying Geese 3″x 1½” finished dies and a 1″ finished square die for the 9-patch squares.

I have had people ask me which AccuQuilt cutter they should get, I always say if you don’t have arthritis or trouble turning a handle then buy the GO! Big Manual cutting machine and spend the extra money on dies!

The baby quilt is the perfect size for Mr. Mickey!

Mr. Mickey on the baby quilt

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.

Purchase an ad-free printable PDF version of the Flying Nines baby quilt tutorial in my shop. The photos have been reduced in size and the tutorial is 4 pages long.

PDF of the Flying Nines quilt pattern

Be sure and look at the other baby quilt tutorials I have on my site and in my resource library!

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10 Comments

  1. What a cute quilt. Your colors are always so, sew pleasing!! This seemed very complicated until you so skillfully showed us how. They say “It’s always easy when you know how”. I want to make this, time permitting. I love it, nice size, too. Thanks, Connie.

  2. The quilt is really lovely and the colors look so Cape Cod! Looks like My Mickey is walking on the beach! Actually cool enough to walk here today as well. Thanks for sharing this pattern.

  3. I had those same little blocks and assembled them into a table topper. I named it ‘Over Scott Pond’! It was cuter than the mystery!! Thanks for the tut, Carole!
    -Jean❤

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