Across the Line Quilt

Across the Line quilt by Brenda Ratliff

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 68" x 68"

Rating : Confident Beginner

Designed By : Brenda Ratliff

Most quilters have, at one time in their sewing career, made a Nine-patch quilt. We all love that familiar arrangement of lights and darks, and feel a certain affinity to quilts made with the predictable repeating square. But modern quilters have taken that humble block to the cutting table and created even more options for color and repetition by slicing it into quarters.

“Across the Line” is Brenda Ratliff’s modern take on the Disappearing Nine Patch block. This design is quick to put together and can easily be adapted in size and colorway. Brenda chose neutral text prints as background pieces and bold solids in the foreground for contrast and color.

What do we love about this quilt? It “crosses the line” from simple to snazzy as it reminds us that analogous colors can add so much to any quilt…

Download this quilt pattern plus nine more in the 2018 digital issue of QuiltCon Magazine.


  • ¼ yard each of 11 assorted solids
  • ½ yard blue solid
  • ¾ yard each of 5 charcoal and white text prints
  • 5/8 yard binding
  • 4 ¼ yards backing
  • Double-size batting

Note: Fabrics used in the quilt shown are from the Fine Print collection by Brenda Ratliff and Cotton Supreme solids, both from RJR Fabrics

Pick up your copy of QuiltCon Magazine 2018 for this pattern and more!