Good morning! My friend, Ginger, who is brand new to quilting, was having a problem making 9-patch blocks. She told me she was cutting the 1-inch blocks individually. I told her how I make 9-patch blocks and she wanted the instructions. I was going to write her a detailed email but then I thought I would just put the instructions in a blog post. I'm sure that you experienced quilters already know this method but there may be a few people who would enjoy using it.
First start with 2 4.5" squares - one light and one dark.
Now make two cuts. First, cut 1 and 1/2" starting at the long, stitched side.
Then make a second cut of 1 and 1/2".
You will end up with two pieces that are sewn together and two single pieces - one of each fabric.
Now cut 1 and 1/2" from BOTH stitched sides just like you did before.