I’ve made a bunch of Disappearing 9 Patch quilts (mostly in Holiday fabrics), but there are sew many variations out there…waiting to be tried :-) I was talking to daughter Christy about the blocks I was making. She had no clue what I was talking about, so I’ve taken pictures of the process.
The Disappearing 9 Patch x 2 is one of my play efforts. I love the look of the block and when joined, they’ll make a very graphic secondary pattern. The blue paisley fabric was my inspiration for all the colors for these blocks.
I started with 3″ scrappies for basic 9 patch blocks. Square to 8″.
the 1st cut – just a tad bit shy of 4″ on my ruler. I cut both directions for the 4 quarters.
the quarter blocks were used in the corners of the next 9 patch. The new white blocks and the center block are 4″ square. I didn’t square these blocks before the next step.
the 2nd cut. Now I have 4 quarters that I’ll square to 5″. These 4 blocks can be flipped numerous ways for great quilt blocks. I’ll show you 2 possibilities –
This is an interesting layout in that multiple blocks will give you a secondary pattery of 4 larger 4 patches to match the smaller ones in the centers. This could be sashed adding a square in the center of each block.
This is my favorite – I flipped the alternate blocks 180° to alternate large/small blocks in the center. The secondary pattern using this layout is large/small 4 patches in opposite corners. There are no seams to match other than the center. This block could be assembled and sashed with 1″ sashing and setting squares in the 4 corners between each block.
I’ll post a picture of the top when I get it finished. I’m not sure whether I’ll sash or not. It’s an easy pattern that looks really complicated when assembled into a top.
Now, wonder what I could do with a 3rd 9 patch? I’d have stong diagonals of alternating sized squares…and I think it would look pretty cool.
Susan ~ Patchkat