A Disappearing 9-Patch Tutorial

I have a new baby granddaughter due in a few weeks and wanted to make her a baby blanket. So I bought a charm pack of Moda Fabrics ‘Wee Folks’ and decided to make a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt.

Wee Folks by Moda Fabrics - 5" Charm Pack Sew 9 blocks together. The solid yellow block in the center is from my stash
Wee Folks by Moda Fabrics – 5″ Charm Pack
Sew 9 blocks together. The solid yellow block in the center is from my stash.

The first step was to sew four 9-patch blocks together using 1/4″ seams. I found the solid yellow fabric in my stash and used that for the middle block in each.

Nesting will allow you to match seams.
Nesting will allow you to match seams.
Sew rows of three blocks together with the yellow block in the center.
Sew rows of three blocks together with the yellow block in the center.
Press all seams and all block components as you build this quilt.
Press all seams and all block components as you build this quilt.

All rows were pressed. Pressing toward the dark fabric. The center row was pressed out and the top and bottom rows were pressed in toward the center. I used black thread in my sewing machine so you could see the stitches. Pressing each block this way allows the seams to nest together when the rows are sewn together to make each block.

Now here’s the trick:
Cut each block in half vertically and horizontally.  Turn the blocks and sew them together using 1/4″ seams. Wha La! No more 9-patch!

Press the finished blocks.

Disappearing 9-patch Tutorial
Disappearing 9-patch Tutorial
This is a baby quilt using only 4 Disappearing 9-patch blocks.
This is a baby quilt using only 4 Disappearing 9-patch blocks.
It's very important to press as you go.
It’s very important to press as you go.
The four blocks are sewn together and ready for a 6" border. This was a fun and easy quilt top to make. The entire process took 2 hours.
The four blocks are sewn together and ready for a 6″ border. This was a fun and easy quilt top to make. The entire process took 2 hours.

The Disappearing 9-Patch quilt is ready for borders and backing. This quilt using a 5″ charm pack is now 24″ x 24″ in size and with 6″ borders will finish at about 30″ x 30″. I used 36 of the 5″ charm blocks to create it.

 

 

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