The Disappearing Nine Patch is a simple variation on the traditional nine-patch block. It is very easy to make, and looks impressive when finished. Designed, made, and kindly shared by Brenda Dean. Photographs by Peter Dean. © Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2009
You can download a pdf copy of the original instructions for this project here, Disappearing Nine Patch
This is an ideal pattern for a scrap quilt and great way to use those charm square packs. You can also make a great “I Spy” quilt by using the novelty squares in the corners.
You can use any size squares to make any size quilt it’s so versatile. These instructions are just for the blocks, you will need to add a border (or borders) before completing the quilt.
Group your squares into sets of nine and arrange them in three rows with three squares in each row.
For maximum contrast place a dark square in the centre, a medium or light square on each side and a novelty or bright square in each corner.
Stitch the squares together to form a traditional nine patch.
Cut the block into four equal pieces by cutting through the block vertically and horizontally.
Repeat this with the remainder of your basic nine patch blocks until they are all stitched and cut into four.
Arrange the blocks either in rows or sets of four depending upon how many blocks you have in your finished quilt.
Experiment by turning the blocks and arranging in various ways to create the desired layout.
Here are a couple of suggestions. Have fun!
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