Welcome to another Fat Quarter Shop “Classic and Vintage” quilt along! Today I’m going to share my experience with the Double Nine Patch Quilt pattern.

Double 9 Patch QuiltTesting the Pattern

I decided to make a test block with Zen Chic fabrics left over from my Jolly Braid Tote Bag. The instructions were clear, and I easily sewed the little nine-patch units (3.75″ square, finished). Once I assembled the entire block, I added a border and finished it as a mini quilt (18″ square).

Double Nine Patch Mini QuiltAfter finishing the test block, I concluded the following:

  • One double-nine-patch block plus a border works perfectly as an 18″ pillow cover.
  • The simple quilting on this piece was fine since the fabrics have a lot of visual texture. However, this pattern is perfect to showcase more elaborate quilting.

Sewing a Crib-Size Quilt

The pattern includes instructions for several quilt sizes: crib, lap, twin, and queen. I chose to make the crib-sized quilt (40″ square) because I could use a single width of Christmas fabric from my stash to back it. (Note that the pattern instructions include enough yardage to piece a larger backing, which would be necessary for long-arm quilting.)

As I mentioned, I wanted to make a Christmas quilt because I had a great novelty print that I’d been saving for years. I adore the visions of Christmases past! Our home has a lot of vintage accessories, so this fits right in.

Alexander Henry Novelty Print FabricI pieced my quilt top from two fabrics rather than an assortment: ivory for the background and a green batik that mimics evergreen boughs. The quilt top will look great year-round in my northern lodge-look home.

Green and White Quilt with Orange Peel QuiltingI quilted the top almost entirely with the “orange peel” design following Lori Kennedy’s instructions in her book, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3. (She has a sequel coming soon!) Actually, I used my walking foot to quilt all the gentle curves. Let me know if you give it a try.

Green and White Double Nine Patch QuiltConsidering the Possibilities

Because this quilt came together so easily, I’m already planning to use this pattern again to make quilts for my guest bedrooms. Wouldn’t this look great with plaid flannel sheets and a pile of pillows?

I also think the pattern would be fun to make in a student’s school colors with a backing fabric that reflects a special interest: sports, pets, music, favorite movies—there are so many novelty prints available. Clearly the possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out the lovely red and white kit at the Fat Quarter Shop. (Red and white is classic, and it works well for many different holidays if you like to change out your decor.)

Quilting Along

Be sure to visit the other bloggers who are “quilting along” with Kimberly Jolly at the Fat Quarter Shop. You will see how each sewist reflects her unique style.

If you’re interested in more Fat Quarter Shop quilts, check out my earlier blog posts:



Today I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Double Nine Patch Quilt with Novelty Print Backing
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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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14 thoughts on “Double Nine Patch Quilt with Novelty Print Backing

  1. I never would have thought to make a Christmas quilt with a simple, classic pattern on the front and a large piece of Christmas fabric on the back. I really love this idea, and yours is beautiful. And, yes, your guest bedrooms definitely need that!

    1. Thanks, Lynette! My Christmas decor is subtle and natural—this quilt helped me recognize my decorating style. The back adds the right bit of whimsy.

  2. Oh, I hadn’t thought of making the 9 Patch as a mini! What a great idea. I love the backing, and it will look great in your beautiful home! Clever idea, using the leftovers from the totebag too!

  3. Ooh, Tracie, I’m SQUEALING about this quilt — and it’s embarrassing because I’m at the hair salon on my iPad with a head full of tin foil and other women are giving me dirty looks… I love this idea!! I have enough yardage of Tula Pink’s Elizabethan Selfie fabric for a quilt backing but didn’t know what to do with it. I was just kind of hoping it would match up with one of my quilt tops someday. But I think your idea is much better, starting with the backing fabric and then piecing a double 9 patch with coordinating fabrics for the top. Now I have another new project on my list for 2018!! 🙂

    1. You made me smile since I can picture myself in a cape and head full of foil. It seems funny to start with the back in mind, but I’m going to do that more often because I always fall in love with “statement” prints that shouldn’t be sliced up to bits. Funny that you mentioned Tula Pink because I found one of her prints that I wanted for a quilt back. The details in her fabrics are spellbinding.

  4. Beautiful Christmas quilt. I would love to learn how to quilt someday. I buy a lot of quilts. You have a good eye for colors.

    1. Thanks, Barb! Learning to quilt is much easier now because there are so many video tutorials online besides classes at a quilt shop. I learned a lot last year simply by reading blogs.

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