Block-Buster Quilts - I Love Nine Patches - 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block

by Karen M. Burns
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The timeless Nine Patch block has been reimagined by today's top designers. Discover what you can do with a classic block--this perennial favorite is more versatile than you've ever imagined! Scrappy, traditional, or modern, you'll find a Nine Patch design that's perfect for your next project.

  • Whether you love working with fat quarters, precut strips, or fabric from your stash, you'll find designs that are ideal showcases for your favorite solids, brights, florals, reproduction prints, and more
  • Featuring basic to intricate Nine Patch designs, in sizes ranging from lap sized to bed sized
  • Put your own spin on tradition with fresh Nine Patch patterns created by favorite designers, including Lynne Hagmeier, Carrie Nelson, Sherri Falls, Kimberly Jolly, and many more


by Karen M. Burns
8.375" x 10.875"
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Full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
August 2nd, 2016
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I like all the ideas for 9 patch quilts, however I found an error on page 15. Under "Cutting" it says "From the gray print, cut: 7 strips, 2 1/2" X 42". To make the 9 patches as shown, the gray print should be cut 3 1/2" wide, which is the width of the bright prints.

Hi Sandy - We're thrilled that you like all of the quilts, and wanted to let you know that the cutting directions for the gray print on page 15 are for the binding of the quilt. If you want to use the gray print in the body, you would want to buy additional yardage. -Sheila
If one of your favorite blocks is a nine-patch, this book will give you 16 ways to make a quilt using that block. The book begins with a one-page introduction followed by a six-page how-to. Tips are set off in a colored box with a top border.

A colored photo, a short paragraph and the material and cutting lists start out the pattern. The written instructions include graphics and there is an exploded graphic of the final quilt. For finishing quilting ideas, the pattern states to go to for suggestions.

You can always use your own colorways or quilting designs to make each pattern more your own. The final page has short bios of each author.
I Love Nine Patches blew my mind away as I learned how versatile a simple block - nine patch - can be. Modern or traditional designs, bright or dark fabrics - regardless of your preference you will find 16 projects in which to use the leftover fabrics you've been collecting to make gorgeous scrappy quilts. The step-by-step instructions are super easy to follow and the diagrams ensure you don't have to wonder how a block should come together. Perfect for beginners, yet intriguing for experienced quilters, this book is a must have in your quilting library.
What fun this book is. The wonderful ideas for using my favorite quilt block - nine patches. The variety and use of color design has something for everyone. I'm so excited to get started with nine patches .
Love this book. I was first drawn to the book by an ad in a brochure for a book club I belong to featuring the quilt from this book called "Take a Bite Out of Life". I was thrilled to discover the diverse quilts designed from the simple 9 patch block and even more delighted that they are scrappy quilts. Great way to use my stash. I also love the "Counted Nine Patch" quilt in the book. It reminds me of counted cross stitch and has a Scandinavian look to it. I will definitely be making several of the quilts included in this book.
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Review from Popular Patchwork, August 2016

Karen Burns has compiled a collection of sixteen quilts by top designers based on the traditional Nine Patch block. This is a perfect book if you are looking for designs that illustrate how a basic block can be used in alternative ways to create quilts that are very different. Each of the chapters show how changes in block size, colour, composition and quilting can be used to vary a design. There are also good examples of how sashing, borders, changes of scale and block orientation can enhance a quilt design plus how to include additional elements such as applique. If you are keen on Nine Patch blocks, I am sure you will find patterns in the book you would like to make as the projects vary from colourful modern designs to more traditional quilts.
Quilter's Connection Magazine, Fall 2016

Who thought the plain ol' nine-patch could be so much fun?! The 16 patterns in this book, including projects from Canadian designers Jackie White and Barb Cherniwchan, are fresh and fun takes on the classic block we love.

Karen M. Burns

An accomplished long-arm quilter, Karen M. Burns is a former member of Martingale's industry-leading acquisitions team. This group of crafting experts specializes in curating the highest-quality patterns by top designers in quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, and other crafts. Since its founding in 1976, Martingale has become synonymous with outstanding craft books, with more than 24 million books sold worldwide.

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