Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – part 1

This is the first part of the FIRST of  TWO tutorials (A and B) on the same pattern! The Cloud Nine pattern can be constructed in two ways.  I am showing you the “nine patch construction” technique first. In the near future I will show you the “on point construction” that is absolutely not scary!  It may be smart to wait and see which of the tutorials speaks to you most!

Please know that this is my first tutorial on a pattern. I am doing my best to be as clear as possible in my instructions and photographs. If you have tips on how to improve this tutorial, please let me know! Thanks!

If you are interested in seeing more on the finish of the red quilt top above, please click here.


Please read the following first!

1. In both constructions (nine patch and on point) the fabric is cut in the same direction. Some of the fabric will be on the bias. Stretching can happen, so please starch you fabric before cutting!

2. I have used the following specific notions: rotary cutter, cutting mat, large square ruler (12,5 x 12,5 inch), large ruler (6,5 x 24 inch), quarter inch sewing foot.

3. There will be some waistage in both contructions, but I have tried to keep it to a minimum. Leftover pieces can be used to patch a part of the backing if you so desire.

4. Considerations for the “Nine Patch” construction (Tutorial A):

– There only two different types of blocks to construct. (block I and block II)

– After constructing all of the blocks, there are 9 blocks to patch into a quilt top.

– Block I is pretty easy.

– Block II is a bit more difficult due to the precise cutting requirements. If you are precise you can do it!

– You can really play with the HST triangles. I have used two contrasting fabrics and two low volume fabrics. You have the opportunity to go wild here!

– Patching the final blocks relies on interlocking seams.

5. Considerations for the “On Point” construction (Tutorial B)

– All the blocks themselves are pretty easy.

– After constructing all of the blocks, there are 25 blocks to patch into a quilt top.

– The blocks are patched on point. (I promis… it is easy!)

– It is possible to use only four different fabrics.

– It is possible to use more squares instead of four HST. (I know this is hard to imagine, but I will explain later!)

6. If you want to use a directional fabric as your main fabric (pink rhino in my quilt), please know that we will be turning our WOF strips! Your fabric may end up up side down!

7. The pattern will give you an unfinished quilt top of 45.5 x 45.5 inches. (After quilting my quilt top shrunk 1 inch!) If you want the quilt top bigger, please add more blocks or add a border.

Ok, ok…. I know! You want the tutorial already!

So here it is!


This is what we are going for:

In the next picture I have added black lines to point out the “Nine Patch”.

So we are constructing these two blocks.

Block I:


Block II:


Here is a template you can save to your computer (right mouse click). Print it and use colour pencils or felt tip pens to design your own quilt.

Cutting instructions.

Lets have a another look at the finished quilt top so you see what fabrics I am referring to.

For these measurements I have used quilting cotton of 44 inches wide. As some selvages are very wide I have assumed a less wide  WOF (ca 40 inches wide).

orange fabric (in block I) : 2 strips WOF   3,25 inches –> cut into 20 squares    ( 3,25 x 3,25 inches )

(In total you need 6,5 inches WOF)

soft pink fabric (for the large square in block I and the “X” in block II):

3 strips WOF   3,25 inches –> do not cut!!!

1 strip WOF   5,875  inches  ( 5 and 7/8 inches)  –> cut into 5 squares ( 5,875 x 5,875)  (there will be a lot left over!)

You may want to cut this fabric in a different way:

1 strip WOF   6,5 inches –> cut into 5 rectangles ( 5,875 x 6,5 ). Than cut the rectangles into squares ( 5,875 x 5,875). The remaining bit of the WOF strip can than be cut into two strips of 3,25 wide. There is also waistage in this cutting but you are left with strips of 3,25 inches wide that can be used in this quilt! If you want to do this, please only cut two other WOF strips of 3,25 inches wide. A third section of 3,25 inches wide may be neccesary! I have not tried this out!

(In total you need 15.675 inches WOF or more depending if you use the first or second cutting instruction)

bright light green and orange flower fabric (for the rectangles in block I):  3 strips WOF –> cut into 20 rectangles ( 5,875 x 3,25 inches)

(In total you need 9,75 inches WOF)

pink rhino fabric fabric:

9 x WOF  3,25 inches –> do not cut!

1 strips WOF 6,5 inches –> cut 4 squares (6,5 x 6,5 inches ). You may get away with 6,25 inch squares but I have added a little bit so you can cut the left over fabric into 3,25 strips you may want to use in the back or partly use as one of the WOF strips (3,25)

(In total you need 35,75 inches WOF)

– two low volume fabrics: of each fabric you need 9 squares (5 x 5 inches). This is more then 1 strip WOF of each fabric, most likely.

(In total you need 10 inches WOF of each fabric, or 1 WOF 5 inch strip and one more square (5×5) of each fabric)

– two darker (green) fabrics (with flowers and dots): of each fabric you need 8 squares (5 x 5 inches). If you are lucky, this will fit in one WOF strip of each fabric!

(In total you need 5 inches WOF of each fabric)


Hey you , congratulations! You have made it this far!

Part 2 and part 3 of this Tutorial are also posted!


If you are not worn out yet, maybe you want to give these next blogs a visit! There is a Blog Hop going on!

Friday, June 14
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Valerie @ Between Quilts
I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts  for Finish it Up Friday as I consider the first part of this “Tutorial A” finished!!! I am also linking with TGIFF at Quilt Matters and of course with “Can I get a Whoop Whoop” at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Have a great weekend you all!

16 thoughts on “Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – part 1

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    • Hi Janine!
      Thank you for letting me know that the first part of the tutorial is working for you! I hope that part two has the same quality!
      Have a great week!

    • Goodmorning!
      Thanks for your comment! Part 2 is already uploaded, ahead of schedule! I hope you find this one just as easy to understand!
      I hope you and your loved ones are happy and healthy!
      Bye bye

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