One of the earliest forms of patchwork, the nine-patch block involves joining 9 squares of fabric to form a larger square. In it's simplest form, the block is constructed of 9 plain squares of fabric.
But the nine-patch lends itself easily to endless variation because each of the 9 squares may also be made up of numerous smaller pieces sewn together.
One such variation is the Double Nine-Patch. The 9 squares that make up this block are each made up of smaller nine-patch blocks.
A quilt top made of Nine-Patch blocks, whether basic or complex, may vary from the very simple to extremely complex, both in the geometry as well as the color-play.
While the Nine-Patch is a very simple block, it is also a "block type" that describes the style of the construction. There are many, many Nine-Patch style quilt blocks.
A few examples are the
and Winged Square.
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