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Two Ways to Quilt a Nine-Patch Block

See how to quilt a straight line design and an orange peel design on a Nine-Patch quilt. Our step-by-steps make it easy to recreate this quilting with your home machine.


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Option #1: Straight-Line Quilting Design

Diagonal lines that intersect across a quilt block or top are often referred to as a crosshatch design.


Mark Quilt Top

Using a water-soluble marker or chalk, mark diagonal lines across quilt block. (Marked lines give you confidence as you begin to stitch.) Use a 4×8" ruler when marking the lines; lining up just a few seam intersections at a time gives you “fudge room” if the blocks aren’t perfectly square.

    Although a single Nine-Patch block is shown, you could use the same stitching paths for an entire quilt top assembled from Nine-Patch blocks. To mark, join the lines from one edge of the quilt top to the other.


Assemble Quilt Layers

Prepare the quilt sandwich (marked quilt top, batting, and backing).


Set Up Machine

Remove presser foot and install a walking foot. Add a new machine needle, and thread the machine and bobbin with 50-weight, 100% cotton thread. Use a quilt-sandwich swatch to test thread/needle/tension combination and stitch length.


Begin Quilting

1. Begin stitching with the longest diagonal line on the quilt top, usually at the quilt center. Follow the blue arrow and line in each step.

2. Stitch along the marked line, pivoting as shown, until reaching the upper right-hand corner (Diagram 1).   

3. Pivot 45º. Stitch as before until reaching the lower right-hand corner of the quilt top (Diagram 2).

4. Pivot 90º. Stitch as before until reaching the upper right-hand corner of the quilt top (Diagram 3).

5. Pivot 45º. Stitch as before to complete straight-line, diagonal crosshatch quilting (Diagram 4). Baste any remaining unstitched edges.


Next page: Option #2 Quilting Design