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How to Make a 6 1/2″ Nine Patch Quilt Block

Originally part of my 2020 Sparkling Sampler Mystery Quilt Along, this tutorial shows you how to make the easy Nine Patch quilt block. For the mystery quilt, we made eight blocks, so the information listed in this article is for 8 of them. Adjust accordingly, depending on how many blocks you want to make.

Welcome to the first month of the first ever Create with Claudia Mystery Quilt Along. I hope you have a great time and that you love the quilt you make! Here are the January mystery block instructions.

We are kicking things off with an easy nine patch that will measure 6 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches square. You are going to need eight total. Don’t worry though. It may sound like a lot, but these blocks go together in no time.

*Download the Free Nine Patch Block PDF Pattern Here*

Fabric Requirements

  • Fabric A – 1 Fat Quarter
  • Fabric B – 1 Fat Quarter

For the photos of this month’s block, I used two Moda fabrics that included “Essentially Dots” kelly green on white, and “Best Friends Forever – Fresh Cut Flowers” in red by Stacy Iest Hsu. In the video tutorial I used a combination of fabrics I pulled from my stash.

Cutting (For All Blocks)

  • Five strips of Fabric A – 2 ½ inches by 21 inches
  • Four strips of Fabric B – 2 ½ inches by 21 inches

Here are a few items that you may need

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Video Instructions

If you like to learn by watching a video, I have made a tutorial for this block.

January Mystery Block Instructions

Block Assembly

Using two strips of fabric B and one strip of fabric A, sew together lengthwise as shown.

You will have one unit that is 6 ½ inches by 21 inches.

Repeat the process two more times, but this time use two strips of Fabric A and one strip of fabric B.

Finished units ready for cutting

These units measure 6 ½ inches by 21 inches, and you will have 3 of them. One will have two strips of fabric B (in my case the red) and the other two will have two strips of fabric A (in my case the white).

Trim off one end of a unit so you have a straight edge to start.

From this unit you will be able to cut eight pieces, 2 ½ inches wide.

Cut pieces will measure 2 ½ inches wide by 6 ½ long.

When done, you will end up with 24 units, 16 with fabric A on the outside and 8 with fabric B on the outside.

Completing the Block

Get ready to finish the block by laying out the block as shown above.

Sew the top two rows together

Then add the third row.

Your block should look like this and measure 6 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches square.

Repeat until you have a total of 8 blocks.

Create with Claudia 202 Mystery Quilt Along January Block #createwithclaudiaqal

See you next month!

Clue: Next month we will be doing another square block that is half as easy as this one, even with a triangle thrown in.

Feel free to join in the quilt along. All of the details can be found here.

I also have this FB group for people who are participating. It’s a fun place to see what other people are doing for their blocks.

Show off your progress on social media! Make sure to use the hashtag #createwithclaudiaqal if you post any pictures!

*This mystery quilt along is for entertainment purposes only. There are no prizes or giveaways.* Best efforts have been made to ensure that the instructions are correct, however sometime errors occur. If you have any questions, please contact us at claudia{at}createwithclaudia{dot}com*


  1. Alaina Gilmore

    January 1, 2020 at 7:19 AM

    So how much fabric will o need to complete the entire quilt with you?

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 1, 2020 at 3:23 PM

      How much fabric you will need really depends on how many different fabrics you will be using. Check out my post on the quilt along details that discusses fabric needs. Hopefully that will help. For my quilt I used the same fabric for the background every month (the white with green dots). Glad you will be participating!

      1. Lenora Nelson

        January 1, 2020 at 5:58 PM

        How much of the background fabrick did you putxhase? I would like to do the same.

        1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

          January 2, 2020 at 6:02 AM

          Glad you are interested in participating. Here is the post that talks about fabric suggestions . For the fabrics I used in my video tutorials I did not buy anything new, I used pieces I had on hand. However I did splurge and buy fabric for the photos in my blog posts.

  2. Sherri Wolters

    January 14, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    I just finished block 1. Realized i had sown the strips opposite but i am going to leave it that way, hope it wont make to much differencd

  3. B

    April 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Hi I’d like to join this but don’t understand yards. How many fat quarters would I need? Thank you

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      April 28, 2020 at 11:04 AM

      Glad you are interested. Here is a link to the information for the quilt along. This has the general fabric requirements. However, it depends on how many different fabrics you plan on using etc… One yard is approximately 4 fat quarters. Please note that the fabric requirements I list are extremely generous.

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