Twin Nine Patches

Kathe Dougherty pieced this doable nine-patch, drawn from an old quilt that made clever use of simple nine-patch blocks. She created sets of twin nine-patches (fraternal twins, not identical). The blocks come from a single layer cake!

1 layer cake, Arnold’s Attic
2/3 yd small calico in a dark color (#8160-24), edge triangles
2 yd Ohio Autumn (#8167-14), border
5/8 yd small calico (#8160-15), binding


Blocks finish to 6″.

For each nine-patch, cut 9 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. You can get 16 squares from each layer cake. Arrange and piece squares on design wall as shown to match the twins.

You need 36 of Fraternal Twin A (lighter blocks in blues and greens).
You need 25 of Fraternal Twin B (darker blocks in oranges and browns).

{Edge Triangles}

Cut 5 squares of the dark print 9 3/4″ x 9 3/4″. Cut each square into 4 triangles, with 2 diagonal cuts. You’ll need 20 triangles.

Cut 2 squares of the light print 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″. Cut each square into 2 triangles, with 1 diagonal cut. You’ll need 4 triangles for the corners.


Cut 2 strips 9 1/2″ x 69 1/2″ for top and bottom borders.
Cut 2 strips 9 1/2″ x 51 1/2″ for side borders.


Piece as photo indicates. Baste, quilt, and bind.

69″ x 69″ quilt