I was doing some quilt blog-hopping the other day when I saw this tutorial on how to take an ordinary four-patch block, cut it up, and turn it into a cool version of a nine-patch block. I just had to try it for myself. And here are the results. I started with this four-patch block:Then I used my ruler and rotary cutter to cut the block vertically and horizontally, 1-1/2″ from the center seam. After I cut it, it looked like this:
Then I rotated the inner cut sections so the reds and whites alternated, like this:
And stitched them together into the finished block, using a scant 1/4″ seam. I started with the top row and sewed the pieces together, working from the left side of the block to the right. Then I sewed the rows together, working from the top of the block to the bottom. Here is the finished block.
Pretty cool, huh? It turns a humdrum four-patch block into a modified nine-patch that has a cute little four-patch right in the center.