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Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – block 1

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This is the first block in a series of 12 that make the Semi-improv 9-patch quilt.


  • 1 charm pack (a charm pack is typically a 42 x 5 in squares)
  • cream cotton fabric for the background
  • cotton solids scraps in matching colours

All blocks are a variation of churn dash or monkey wrench, a 9-patch block.

The finished block size is 12 1/2 inches. The finished size will be obtained after 2 improv patchwork iterations.

Block 1

Red = pattern charm square

White = background fabric


  • one charm square to 4 1/2 in for the centre
  • four 4 1/2 inch squares of the background fabric
  • two charm squares to 4 7/8 inches for the corners
  • two  4 7/8 in squares for the corners

Important: Keep the tiny bits when trimming the charm squares to 4 1/2 inches. They’ll be used later.

Making the corner triangles

Place both pattern square and background square with right sides together.


Mark a diagonal as per picture.

Stitch 1/4 in from the line on both sides of the diagonal.

Cut through the diagonal.

Open and press.

Place the cut pieces as per diagram above.

Stitch together on rows and then the rows together.

The first block is done.

Show your semi-improv 9-patch quilt pictures at the Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial group.


  1. Hi, I just wanted to tell you I look forward to everyone of you blocks and ideas…Your awesome and I just wanted to thank you….THANKS!!!!!!


  2. I have done my first block. Have a ton of charm squares ao I may as well use them.
    Thanks Teresa.
    I’ll post on my blog as well soon.


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