Starry Night Block 1 | 9 Patch

9 Patch Starry Night Art

Hi, I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft. Normally, you can find me stitching up a storm and sharing easy tips to help improve your everyday sewing but today, I’m excited to kick off our new Block of the Month series.

BOM 2016 block of the month

Once a month, I’ll be stopping by to share a new block and a few sewing tips with you. At the end, we’ll put them altogether and create this lap size quilt.

Starry Night Sampler Quilt Layout

To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. Printable pattern.

These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt.

  • standard sewing machine
  • iron/ironing board
  • rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful

*Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″.

The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

9 Patch Starry Night Art

Cutting Instructions for 9 patch:

  • Cut 8 Sky Polka Dot 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Cut 8 Lawn Polka Dot 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Cut 8 Iris Polka Dot 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Cut 8 White 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Cut 4 Sky Polka Dot 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Cut 4 Iris Polka Dot 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

9 Patch Cutting Instructions

Sewing Assembly: 

  1. Following color key, place 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles right sides together and stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance to create a 2 1/2″ square. Press and repeat to create 16 units.  9 Patch Sewing 1
  2. Repeat step 1 with square units to create the center squares.
  3. Alternate and turn square sections to create pattern; join 3 squares together to create a strip using 1/4″ seam allowance.
  4. Join each strip together to create 6″ finished block (6 1/2″ including outer seam allowance).

9 Patch Quilt Block. Free 2016 BOM quilt series Starry Night Block of the moth

Now, for those of you that are seasoned quilters this block will be a breeze but if this is your first block of the month series have no fear, I’m here to help you through it. To help you achieve success with our first block, I’ve put together a few of my favorite tips here.

Remember, you will need 2 finished 9 Patch blocks to complete the Starry Night Quilt Sampler.

Well, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that I’ll be back next month with a next block in the Starry Night Quilt Block of the Month series. In the meantime, be sure to come find me on social media and share a few pictures of your finished block using #StarryNightQuilt as a tag, I want to see your blocks stitched together!
To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt. standard sewing machine iron/ironing board rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful *Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″. The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

54 thoughts on “Starry Night Block 1 | 9 Patch”

  1. Claire Cranford says:

    I really like the Starry Night block designs and other postings from you. I am fairly new at quilting and this project looks perfect for a beginner like me. Is there a way to print out the instructions so that I can have it next to my work area? Thank you very much.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can download them and save them to your computer or you can print them.

      1. pat says:

        how can you download them when there isn’t a pdf file for them.

        1. Niki Meiners says:

          Pat,
          You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

      2. Theresa Warden says:

        I can’t find a place to download the pattern and instructions. Please advise where to get this.

        1. Niki Meiners says:

          Theresa,
          You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it and the instructions are linked in the post too. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

    2. Anne R says:

      you can use this website to make a pdf of the instructions which you can then save on your computer or print–your choice.

      http://www.printfriendly.com/

      Good luck!

      1. Niki Meiners says:

        You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

      2. MarleneC--Alaska says:

        I also use the this program to create a pdf and it allows you to delete portions you don’t want to keep.

        1. Niki Meiners says:

          This free inspiration we are providing to you can be found in several places. The blog post has very detailed images to guide you through the creative process and a newly added link to the pdf. The first block is also located in the project gallery in pdf format. (Our project gallery has free project inspiration and some patterns.) The image in the gallery is extra large so it is not easy to miss. Here is the link just in case you need it again. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/…/block-of-the-month-2016/ There is a link in the blog post with a materials list and a link to the directions. The blog post contains all the information you need to reference. You should find everything you need for this free project inspiration. We hope you enjoy the art quilting process.

  2. Sharon Hemker says:

    How do we save the cutting and sewing instructions, or print them? There is no place to save. Thanks…Sharon

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can download them and save them to your computer or you can print them.

    2. RB says:

      Use Print Friendly to get a nice layout of this page for printing: https://www.printfriendly.com/

      1. Niki Meiners says:

        RB,
        You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  3. Gracias por esta espectacular explicacion ya me colocare manos a la obra un abrazo

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      De nada.

  4. Julie Black says:

    I would like to know where I can purchase the dear stella intermix collection fabric from, as I’m wanting to make this quilt. I’m in Australia. Thankyou

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can order online or check your local store. You can also try these links Fabric Link: http://amzn.to/1U8bjTw

      and if you are interested- Thread Link: http://shrsl.com/?~bftz #ad

  5. Kim Q says:

    I see others have posted this question, but I do not see anyplace to download a printer-friendly version of the pattern, only a download of the supply list. What am I missing???

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Kim,
      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save the image. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  6. Mary says:

    Can we get a total yardage for the various fabrics

  7. The downloadable format you provided does not include the sewing instructions.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save the pattern. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  8. Terry Conner says:

    I still have not been able to download this block instructions. The one link that says printable download here does not have the instructions for this individual block.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Terry,
      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it to your computer. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  9. Maxine E. says:

    I’d like to save this to my computer for later, but there is no download button.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  10. Re: Downloading to computer.
    Thank you for the tutorial for the first block in Starry Night Sampler.
    I have read very carefully through your tutorial for the first block and the only links available are for the supply list and your (appreciated) favorite tips.
    Please, could you be more precise about exactly where the link is for the tutorial download itself? 🙂
    Kindest regards, Michele-Marie

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      MIchele,
      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  11. BillieBee says:

    Love the block design.

  12. Carol Russell says:

    Could you please put a link to download the pattern? The one you provided is for the instructions and fabric and tools only. Thank you and thank you for the pattern. The quilt will be beautiful when finished!

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Carol,
      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg We look forward to seeing your quilt.

  13. Betty Miller says:

    Love this quilt design. I can hardly wait to get started.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      We cannot wait to see what you create.

  14. chance says:

    Where is the download link for Block 1 located? All I see is the link for Fabric Requirements. This looks like a really fun quilt and I would really like to join in. Thank you.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Chance,
      You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  15. Susan says:

    The only file I see to download is the supplies list

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Hi Susan, You can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  16. CindyM in Oregon says:

    I guess we have to copy and paste to save the block directions as there isn’t a PDF for them. Is that right?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Cindy,
      Yes, you can copy and paste or right click and save to your computer. We have added a separate link so you can save it. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/9-Patch-Starry-Night-Art.jpg

  17. Looks like I am not alone with the download facility problem.
    A single photo of one sole block does not a tutorial make!
    Maybe there is a mistake in your link.
    Looking forward to it all being sorted out.
    Michele-Marie

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Michele, This free inspiration we are providing to you can be found in several places. The blog post has very detailed images to guide you through the creative process and a newly added link to the pdf. The first block is also located in the project gallery. (Our project gallery has free project inspiration and some patterns.) The image in the gallery is extra large so it is not easy to miss. Here is the link just in case you need it again. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/…/block-of-the-month-2016/ There is a link in the blog post with a materials list and a link to the directions. The blog post contains all the information you need to reference. You should find everything you need for this free project inspiration. We hope you enjoy the art quilting process.

  18. Lanetta says:

    Too bad, after repeated requests for a quick click download link for the cutting and sewing instructions, none has been provided.

    Using printfriendly.com is something, but why should we have to go to another site in this day of technology? In addition, why would I want to print out pages and pages for each block (on this site there is no way to save as a .pdf to then only print certain pages)? What a waste of ink and paper!

    Some folks are not computer savvy to copy/paste then clean up all the unwanted/unneeded info. I personally don’t want to spend the time doing it, nor do I want to go to another site to get your information. It’s too bad as I really liked the overall quilt design and had wanted to participate in this quilt along.

    I’ve done the copy/paste bit and made a .pdf file for Block 1.
    After spending the time creating this, I formed a public group on FB to share the file and will for each block during this process (or until the person doing this provides one)!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/195976617430645/

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Lanetta, This free inspiration we are providing to you can be found in several places. The blog post has very detailed images to guide you through the creative process and a newly added link to the pdf. The first block is also located in the project gallery in pdf format. (Our project gallery has free project inspiration and some patterns.) The image in the gallery is extra large so it is not easy to miss. Here is the link just in case you need it again. https://www.fairfieldworld.com/…/block-of-the-month-2016/ There is a link in the blog post with a materials list and a link to the directions. The blog post contains all the information you need to reference. You should find everything you need for this free project inspiration. We hope you enjoy the art quilting process. We also ask that you not reformat or redistribute the pattern it is a copyright violation and those rights remain with the designer.

  19. Thank you for the pdf tutorial download function at last.

    (For others still having a problem, look for the words “Printable pattern” just under the picture of the full lap quilt)

  20. Julie Black says:

    no luck sourcing fabric.

  21. Isabel says:

    Me ha encantado hacer estos dos primeros bloques de “9 patch” , esperando el siguiente objetivo para saber que bloques son los que hay que hacer. Un placer hacer este Quilt. Mi blog http://iherba.blogspot.com.es/2016/02/starry-night-quilt-1.html
    Un saludo

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Gracias por compartir. El siguiente bloque será el 15 de marzo.
      Thank you for sharing. The next block will be March 15th.

  22. Emmy says:

    Thank you so much!

  23. Michelle Osterhout-Castle says:

    Niki,
    I can’t quite figure out how to download and print the instructions for the patterns. Oh wait, you’ve already told us 16 times! I’m so sorry people can not read the comments before commenting the same question over and over. Thank you so much for the patterns! I can’t wait to get them started. I just found this site recently. I will be checking my stash bins for these great blocks!!! Thanks again!

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Thanks for your great sense of humor. I am happy to answer any and all comments. Please share your progress.

  24. Sara says:

    Has anyone made the block and had any issues with it lining up right? The 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 block does not make. 2 1/2 finished square and when you lay then next to each other vertical and then horizontal they do not line up l, it’s off about a 1/4.

    1. Hello Sara,
      I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble. Have you double checked your seam allowance? It is important that you are only taking a 1/4″ bite from the edge of the fabric.

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