First step in making the uneven 9 patch block for Sunbonnet Sue

Do you remember the Sunbonnet Sue lap quilt I showed you – with instructions? The connector blocks are uneven 9 patch blocks. Because of the size of Sunbonnet Sue, I wanted the blocks to finish at 9 inches. Remember, this quilt will work not only with almost any embroidery motif, but it also works with plain blocks which are a showcase for a pretty quilting motif. Here’s a photo of the EQ7 rendering of this quilt:


The individual block size is 9 1/2 inches (finished block size = 9 inches) and the entire quilt finishes at approximately 50 inches. This would be perfect for a lap quilt for a little girl or a big girl. These four patch squares are so much fun to make that I always check the clock to see how much time it takes to make enough for a quilt. I can usually do it in less than an hour using my Accuquilt GO. I can cut all of the blocks in only two or three passes through the cutter. That is so much faster (and far more ACCURATE) than using a rotary cutter. If you only have thirty minutes or an hour each day to quilt, just think what you can do using a die cutting system.

And it may seem that I keep going over this process, but that’s what it takes for this new paradigm in quilting to become second nature. You know how we had to think twice about rotary cutting. The same applies for die cutting systems. But it is well worth the learning curve.

Uneven 9 patch block finished size 9 inches


The first step in the construction of this block is to make the four patch squares that are the corners of each of the connector blocks. Each of these four patch squares finishes at 3 inches. You will need 16 four patch squares for the connector blocks and 16 four patch squares for the sashing cornerstones for a total of 32 four patch squares. Here’s how to make them:

You will need a 2 inch strip die to make these four patch squares for this block.

Step 1: Rotary cut two strips (one white and one contrast) 9 inches x WOF.

Step 2: Fanfold these two strips across the 2 inch strip die and cut. (See video but use the 2 inch strip die NOT the 2 1/2 inch).

Step 3: Stitch together one white and one contrast 9″ x 2″ strips to make 16 each 9″ x 3 1/2″ strip sets. You should have 16 strip sets. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

Step 4: Lay each of the 9″ x 3 1/2″ strip sets across the 2″ strip die so that they are perpendicular to the blades. You can layer these strip sets so that single layers of fabric  overlap, but make sure that the seams do not overlap.  Cut using the Accuquilt GO cutter. You will now have 64 sets that are 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

Step 5: Take these sets and stitch together to make 32 four patch units.


Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.