I was introduced to the Shaded 9-Patch block quite a few years ago. Someone shared the block with our guild and then a few of the members had a block exchange. I wasn't able to participate in the exchange but I eventually made my own shaded 9-patch quilt.
Make this 9-patch block using 3 half square triangles and 6 squares.
Scrappy Shaded 9-Patch
I had lots of scraps. Many of those scraps were small and irregular shapes. I used a Matilda's Own Rotating Cutting Mat and templates to cut my units. Stack the irregular pieces of fabric, placed the template on top and cut. I used 3″ finished units to make a 9″ finished block. Use the QuiltNotes Quilt Sizing Calculator to determine how many blocks you need for any size block or quilt.
Read Half Square Triangles for information on cutting and piecing these units. Place all the light fabrics on one side and all the dark fabrics on the other side of each block. This completed block resembles a large half square triangle unit.
Shaded 9-Patch Layouts
Because the shaded 9-patch block resembles a half square triangle, you can set them in a multitude of layouts. This block also resembles a log cabin block which has light and dark sides. Here are some layouts for the shaded 9-patch block.
Set them in the barn raising pattern of the log cabin block.
Use the light and dark sides to make light and dark squares.
Face all the dark sides in one direction.
Fields and furrows layout.
This is a fun block to make and a great way to use up scraps. It is even more fun if you organize a block exchange with other quilters.
For more scrap quilts check out these articles:
- 5 Scrap Quilts to Pull From Your Stash Today
- Using Scraps from Precut Strips
- One Block, Many Quilts – Corner 4-Patch
- The Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
- String Quilts with String A Longs
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